OU Law Professor Evelyn Mary Aswad Elected as New Member to The American Law Institute

October 29, 2020
Professor Evelyn Mary Aswad

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The American Law Institute recently announced the election of 36 new members, including Evelyn Mary Aswad, University of Oklahoma College of Law professor and Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law. Members were selected from confidential nominations and will bring their individual expertise and voices to the work of the institute.

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law.

“Professor Aswad’s continued scholarly excellence in the field of human rights makes her a natural candidate for selection,” said OU Law Interim Dean Katheleen Guzman. “Her leadership and many years of expertise will prove invaluable to the work of the institute.”  

Aswad’s expertise is in international human rights law and global corporate responsibility standards, with a focus on freedom of expression. She has written a number of articles involving social media companies, content moderation, and universal human rights standards.. She also teaches a Human Rights Practicum and a course on International Business and Human Rights.

In addition, she is the director of the College of Law’s Center for International Business and Human Rights, where she has brought many guest speakers from industry, civil society and government to speak to students about technology, human rights and democracy. Prior to joining the OU Law faculty in 2013, Aswad served from 1999-2013 as a career lawyer at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., most recently as the director of the human rights law office.

With Aswad’s election, OU Law currently has 10 faculty appointed to the prestigious American Law Institute.

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