Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Professor of Law
Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 226
Building Two, Room 226
Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Foreign Policy, Human Rights Law, International Security, International and Comparative Law, Islamic Law, Law and Religion, Middle Eastern Law, Muslims in the United States, National Security
Seval Yildirim is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law. An expert on law and religion, her research and scholarship center on comparative law and secularism, focusing on the Middle East and in particular on Turkey, critiques of international human rights law, and neoliberalism and development in emerging economies, including Turkey and India. She teaches courses on Islamic law, international law, comparative law and constitutional law.
Dean Yildirim was a Visiting Associate Professor at Villanova University School of Law during 2012-13. She served as the chair of Association of American Law Schools, Section on Islamic Law and the chair of Association of International Law-American Branch, Islamic Law Committee. Prior to joining Whittier Law School, Dean Yildirim was a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. At Whittier, she has served as the Director of Whittier’s Center for International and Comparative Law during the 2007-08 and 2011-12 academic years.
Dean Yildirim has remained active in civil rights litigation as a pro bono legal consultant with Council on American Islamic Relations and pro bono attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. 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 head covering under her police uniform hat.
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