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About Me | Hooman Movassagh

I have a passion for teaching and started teaching law in 2002 at Shahid Beheshti University Law School (Tehran, Iran). Since then, I have been teaching various courses on international law, human rights, and philosophy of law in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and the US. I believe it is necessary to draw on knowledge from other disciplines to better understand the law and I incorporate such relevant knowledge in my teaching. It has been invaluable in keeping students engaged and interested in their courses!

 

My research, publications, and translations include issues on international law and organizations, human rights, humanitarian law, jurisprudence, bioethics, and religion. My interdisciplinary PhD thesis focused on the study of human cloning and human rights. I analyzed issues of international law, human rights law and theory, bioethics, and moral philosophy to understand whether reproductive cloning and cloning for therapeutic purposes of humans is contrary to human rights law or its moral foundation. 

 

I am a member of the editorial board of the Iranian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law and am also on the advisory board of the Iranian Journal of Biomedical Law and Ethics. I have also served as editor and reviewer for several journals and publishers. I currently have an active research agenda and several papers in progress.

My professional life is as diverse as my teaching and research interests. I have worked as legal consultant to numerous corporations, NGOs, and public entities. I have been assistant counsel in international commercial arbitrations, drafted contracts, negotiated major deals, settled disputes, drafted legislation, written policy papers, and worked on regulatory reform.

The Thinker, by Rodin

I also have extensive experience in the fields of human rights, democracy, and development. I was actively involved in the debates and process concerning Iran’s possible accession to the Convention Against Torture (CAT-1984) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW- 1979). I was one of the directing members of a national study for the preparation of a Draft Bill for the establishment of a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) for the Rights of the Child in Iran that was supported by various international and national entities, including UNICEF and Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was one of the original faculty members of the Center and UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran, Iran) and was the Director of the Bioethics Group of that Chair.

 

I spent two years as a Scholar in Residence at the University of Virginia School of Law from September of 2012, where I also taught a course on Human Rights and Islam as a visiting professor. I later became a Fellow at the Institute for Practical Ethics & Public Life at UVA in 2014.

 

In 2016, I moved to Albany (NY) to continue my work and research on health and human rights as Principal Education Specialist and Visiting Professor at the University at Albany - SUNY. In that role, I taught an extensive online course on global health and international law that included a mentorship component to aid select graduates in achieving their academic and professional goals in the field of health law.

 

I am currently residing in the Washington, D.C. area. 

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am interested in the effects and the dynamics of social and moral norms on the law and vice versa.  My current research involves diverse interdisciplinary subjects, including the legal and ethical dimensions of human organ transplants, the role and scope of the concepts of “harm” and “public morals” in the limitation of individual liberty within the context of international human rights law, and the paradigmatic challenges between human rights and Islam. I have also started researching the legal and moral questions posed by artificial intelligence.

 

I am co-authoring a paper with Kevin Cope on the role of Iran's Guardian Council in the ratification of treaties. I am also writing a paper with my sister Dr. Anahita Movassagh-Riegler on the effects of Iran's Islamic Revolution on the rights of women to marry and divorce.

 

Furthermore, I am translating an exegesis of nine chapters of the Quran by Abdolali Bazargan from Farsi to English in the context of a project with Dr. Hamid Mavani of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School.

2021

The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.

LLM 

2000

Shahid Beheshti University Law School, Tehran, Iran

LLM in International Law

1998

Islamic Azad University Law School, Central Campus, Tehran, Iran

LLB 

2009

Shahid Beheshti University Law School, Tehran, Iran

PhD in International Law

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