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Shana Tabak

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Global Studies
Education

B.A. Macalester College
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center
L.L.M. George Washington University Law School

Specializations

International Law
Immigration Law
Asylum and Refugee Law
International Human Rights
Gender and LGBTI Law
Transitional Justice

Biography

Shana Tabak, visiting assistant professor, teaches and writes in the areas of International Law, Asylum and Refugee Law and Human Rights. Previously, she taught at the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University, Washington College of Law, and George Washington University Law School. She served as a law clerk for H.E. Bernardo Sepulveda Amor at the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Netherlands.

She has worked with several human and immigrant rights organizations in the U.S., Latin America, and in the Middle East. Her immigration and refugee experience includes handling cases on behalf of immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence at the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, D.C., and on behalf of Iraqi refugees while working with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan. During law school, she worked at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and Foley Hoag Law Firm, focusing on international arbitration and corporate social responsibility.

Tabak’s academic interests include international law, transitional justice, refugee, immigrant and human rights, and gender rights, and she has published and presented widely on these topics. She has written or edited several human rights reports for submission to the United Nations documenting LGBTI human rights concerns, and has also served as an expert witness in U.S. immigration court in LGBTI cases. In 2002, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she conducted independent research on migration, human rights and development.

In addition to her teaching in U.S. law schools, Tabak has also taught Spanish-language courses on human rights and clinical legal education in Colombia, as well as an introductory course to U.S. Civil Procedure for Latin American attorneys.