Associate Professor of Law
Director, Center for International & Comparative Law
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 226
Building Two, Room 226
Professor Yildirim joined the Whittier Law School faculty in 2005, following a year as Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. She served as the Director of Whittier’s Center for International and Comparative Law during the 2007-08 academic year.
Professor Yildirim’s research focuses on secularism in comparative contexts, and issues of human dignity, specifically regarding minority religious and sexual identities. She was pro bono counsel to Kimberlie Webb in Webb v. City of Philadelphia, 562 F.3d 256 (3rd Cir. 2009), seeking recognition of Webb’s free exercise right to wear a religious headcovering under her police uniform hat. An account of Professor Yildirim’s experience litigating the appeal can be found in the forthcoming Law and Religion volume of Cases in Context series by Aspen Publishers. Her current research is centered on a critique of the ongoing legal and political changes in the post-9/11 world.
Professor Yildirim recently chaired the Islamic Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Islamic Law Committee of the Association of American Law Schools. She is an active participant in a number of other academic and legal organizations. She enjoys spending time with her students outside the classroom as the faculty advisor to Whittier Law Review and numerous other student organizations, and as the faculty coach to the Whittier’s Jessup International Moot Court team.