Professor Susan Akram directs Boston University Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, in which she supervises students engaged in international advocacy in domestic, international, regional, and UN fora. She teaches or has taught courses in International Human Rights, Refugee and Migration law, US Immigration law and Palestinian Refugees under International Law. 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. Her book projects include Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises (with Tom Syring); International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Rights-Based Approach to Middle East Peace (with Mick Dumper, Michael Lynk and Ian Scobbie). Her articles and book chapters include “Palestinian Exceptionalism, Whether it Matters, and the Role International Agencies Play” in the Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies; “The Arab Israel Conflict,” (with Michael Lynk) in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Law; and “Temporary Protection as an Instrument for Implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees” in the Boston University International Law Journal. 

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.

Publications/recent projects

  • Closing Protection Gaps: Handbook on Protection of Palestinian Refugees in States Signatories to the 1951 Convention, 2d edition, Susan Akram & Nidal Al-Azza, eds., Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights (2015). 
  • Susan Akram, "Operation Protective Edge and Why Getting the Law Right Matters," in Symposium Abandoned Yet Central: Gaza and the Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, The Institute for Palestine Studies (Spr 2015). 
  • Susan Akram et al., " Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing," 7 Middle East Law and Governance 287 (2015).
  • Susan Akram, "Self-Determination, Statehood, and the Refugee Question under International Law in Namibia, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Tibet," in Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises 75, Susan Akram & Tom Syring, eds., Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2014).