Catherine Baylin Duryea

Asst. Professor of Law at St. John's and History PhD Student at Stanford
As a law professor on the verge of earning her PhD in history, Catherine brings academic rigor to her talks, while also drawing upon her personal experiences of living in several countries in the Middle East. She's sharp, insightful, and highly engaging. You'll love learning from her.


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Catherine Baylin Duryea is an Assistant Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York. She earned her J.D. from Stanford, where she is also completing her PhD in History. She holds an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and a BA with honors in Political Science from Stanford.

Catherine is a legal historian with expertise in human rights, comparative constitutional development, and administrative law. She has lived in Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, and South Africa and traveled throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. After graduating from law school, Catherine clerked for the Honorable Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

She has won numerous research awards and fellowships, including a legal history fellowship at the University of Virginia School of Law and a Fulbright-Hays award for research in Morocco and Kuwait. Catherine has published two book chapters on Arab human rights movements and contributed to textbooks on Afghan law. For several years, she has provided pro bono assistance to Syrian and Afghan refugees.


"Catherine was outstandingly credentialed, warm, and interactive. Her talk was very well organized and provided helpful historical context."

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