Susan M. Akram, JD
Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney
Boston University School of Law
International Human Rights Program

JD, Georgetown University Law Center
MSt, Oxford University
BA, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Professor Susan Akram directs BU Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, in which she supervises students engaged in international advocacy in domestic, international, regional, and UN fora. Her research and publications focus on immigration, asylum, refugee, forced migration and human and civil rights issues, with an interest in the Middle East, the Arab, and Muslim world.

Akram's distinguished research was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching and Research Award for the 1999–2000 academic year. She has lectured on Palestinian refugees to general audiences around the world as well as to committees of the United Nations (including the High Commission for Refugees and the Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees), the European Union, and representatives of European and Canadian government ministries and parliaments. Since September 11, 2001 she has presented widely on the USA Patriot Act and immigration-related laws and policies as well as on her work challenging standard interpretations of women’s asylum claims from the Arab/Muslim world.

With her clinic students as well as in collaboration with other legal organizations, Akram has worked on resettlement and refugee claims of Guantanamo detainees, and has been co-counsel on a number of high profile cases, including the 20+-year litigation of a case of first impression on the interpretation of one of the exclusion bars to asylum, In Re A-H-. She has taught at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and at Al-Quds and Birzeit Universities in Palestine. She regularly teaches in the summer institute on forced migration at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, and in various venues in the Middle East on refugee law.

Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management
Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights

MENA Research and Advocacy Statelessness Network
11/10/2022 - 05/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
American University of Beirut Open Society Fdns

Building momentum towards a Network on Reducing Statelessness in the MENA region
11/01/2019 - 03/31/2022 (PI)
Open Society Foundations


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  1. Akram S. Abandoned Yet Central: Gaza and the Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Journal of Palestine Studies. Operation Protective Edge, and Why Getting the Law Right Matters. 2015.
  2. Susan Akram. Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing. Middle East Law and Governance. 2015; 7(287).
  3. Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights (Susan Akram and Nidal Al-Azza, Eds.). Closing Protection Gaps: Handbook on Protection of Palestinian Refugees in States Signatories to the 1951 Convention. 2015.
  4. Akram SM. Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises (Syring T, ed.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2014.
  5. Akram SM. Palestine and the Palestinians in the Twenty-First Century (Davis R, Kirk M, Eds.). The Legal Trajectory of the Palestinian Refugee Issue: From Exclusion to Ambiguity. Indiana University Press. 2013.
  6. Akram SM. The Failure of the Two-State Solution: Prospects of One State in the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Faris H, Ed.). The Rights of Palestinian Refugees and Territorial Solutions in Historic Palestine. I.B. Tauris Publishers. 2013.
  7. Akram SM, Lynk m. Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Wolfrum R, Ed.). The Arab Israel Conflict. Oxford University Press. 2012.
  8. Akram, SM. The Dynamics of Constitutionalism in the Age of Globalisation (Frishman, Muller, eds.). Do Constitutions Make a Difference in the Protection of Fundamental Human Rights? Comparing the United States and Israel. Hague Academic Press. 2010.
  9. International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Rights-Based Approach to Middle East Peace (Akram, Dumper, Lynk and Scobbie, Eds.). Routledge Publishers. 2010.
  10. Akram SM. Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Rubenberg C, Ed.). Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return. Lynne Rienner. 2010.
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1999-2000 Fulbright Senior Scholar
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Domestic and International Refugee Advocacy
Immigration Law
Refugee Law
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