Speaker Biographies

Thank you to all our speakers for making the Symposium a success!






Steven Vladeck: Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where his teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, national security law, constitutional law (especially the separation of powers), and international criminal law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration’s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), and has co-authored amicus briefs in a host of other lawsuits challenging the U.S. government’s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects. Professor Vladeck has also drafted reports on related issues for a number of organizations, including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and he is a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy.

Professor Vladeck graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, after which he clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a law student, he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post-9/11 Litigation Project, and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Outstanding Moot Court Oralist. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude in History and Mathematics from Amherst College in 2001, where he wrote his senior thesis on “Leipzig’s Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present.”

            Professor Vladeck is also a regular contributor to PrawfsBlawg http://www.prawfs.com, and National Security Advisors (http://www.natseclaw.com); is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on National Security Law, and Chair-Elect of the Section on New Law Professors; and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, Third Department.
Tung Yin: Before joining the Lewis & Clark faculty, Professor Yin was associate professor (2002-2007), professor (2007-2008), and professor and Claire Ferguson Carlson Faculty Fellow (2008-2009) at The University of Iowa College of Law.  Professor Yin also practiced law from 1998-2002 with MungerTolles& Olson LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he represented clients in white collar criminal defense and employment discrimination matters. He is a former law clerk to the late Hon. Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Hon. William J. Holloway, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Hon. J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While in law school, he was a Note and Comment Editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Professor Yin’s scholarly work has focused primarily on domestic legal issues arising out of the United States’ military and prosecutorial responses to the 9/11 attacks and has examined such matters as the jurisdiction of the federal courts to entertain habeas petitions by Guantanamo Bay detainees, the theory of unilateral executive branch war powers, and the potential constitutional rights available to alien detainees outside the country.
Mark R. Shulman:  Professor Shulman is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs & International Affairs and teaches at Pace Law School. He also teaches international law and human rights advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. Prior to joining Pace, he directed the Worldwide Security Program at the EastWest Institute. Until 2003, he practiced corporate law at Debevoise& Plimpton. An active member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he chairs the Council on International Affairs and serves on and the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. From 2006 to 2009, he chaired the City Bar’s Committee on International Human Rights. 
Professor Shulman has taught and lectured widely. He has taught the laws of war and war crimes tribunals at Columbia Law School and military history at Yale, the Air War College, and at Columbia (SIPA). He has published widely in the fields of history, law and international affairs. His books include: The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World (1994), Navalism and the Emergence of American Sea Power (1995), An Admiral’s Yarn (1999), and The Imperial Presidency and the Consequences of 9/11 (a two-volume collection of City Bar reports, letters and amicus briefs related to the “War on Terror,” 2007). His articles have appeared in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, American Journal of International Law,Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Fordham Law Review, Houston Journal of International Law, Journal of Military History, and Intelligence and National Security. He graduated from Yale (BA), Oxford (MSt), the University of California at Berkeley (PhD, history) and Columbia (JD) where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law and received the Berger Prize for excellence in International Law.
Sahar AzizMs. Aziz’s practice focuses on immigration, employment, and civil rights matters.  Ms. Aziz also advises nonprofit organizations in developing effective strategies and programs to achieve their institutional objectives. She currently teaches a course on national security law and policy at the Georgetown University Law Center.  
            Ms. Aziz served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she worked on public policy at the intersection of national security and civil rights.  She led various roundtables between government officials and community groups to foster constructive dialogue and mutual trust among stakeholders.
            Prior to joining the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Ms. Aziz was an Associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits alleging a nationwide pattern and practice of gender discrimination in pay and promotion.  On a pro bono basis, she secured asylum for a female Afghan civil rights activist.  Ms. Aziz started her career as an Associate at WilmerHale where she conducted an independent human rights investigation on the use of child camel jockeys in the Middle East. Ms. Aziz clerked for the Honorable Andre M. Davis on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. 
            Ms. Aziz has published numerous online commentaries on issues at the intersection of national security and civil rights, including a commentary published on CNN.com entitled “Ease Restrictions on International Charities.” She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Maryland.


 A leading authority on national security issues, Afsheen John Radsan has a unique combination of professional experience in both law enforcement and intelligence activities. His research and writing pursue an appropriate balance between individual liberty and public safety.
He has served as a federal prosecutor and as assistant general counsel at the CIA, in addition to his work as a corporate lawyer and consultant. Professor Radsan has also advised officials from other countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Ukraine.
Capitalizing on his expertise, interest, and wide range of contacts, he founded the National Security Forum with several goals in mind: to host events on the theme of safeguarding this country and its liberties; to bring an ongoing discussion of this subject to the Midwest; and to increase public awareness, influence policy, and facilitate scholarship.
  Dr. Saby Ghoshray, Vice President for Development and Compliance at WorldCompliance Company
With over a decade of corporate experience with premier investment banks and fortune 100 corporations, Dr. Saby Ghoshray founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies to foster and disseminate advanced legal scholarship premised on multidisciplinary approach. Besides serving in various executive positions from Global Mergers & Acquisitions to Corporate Compliance, he has been a prolific researcher in multi-faceted disciplines, investigating issues from cross-cultural perspectives. He is the author of numerous law review articles and book chapters including the widely acclaimed Book Chapter on Guantanamo Detainees, On the Judicial Treatment of Guantanamo Detainees in International Law, Guantanamo Bay: Judicial-Moral Treatment of the Other, (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2006), and Hamdan’s Illumination of Article III Jurisprudence in the Wake of the War on Terror (Wayne Law Review, 2007). 
Dr. Ghoshray’s main scholarship searches for equality in the legal process vis-à-vis the prism of gender, class and ethnicity. This is echoed in his work on diverse subsets of International law, Comparative Constitutionalism, Human Rights Law and, Military Tribunals, among others. His work has appeared in various prestigious Law journals, such as, the Albany Law Review, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, Fordham International Law, Santa Clara Law Review, European Law Journal ERA-Forum, Toledo Law Review, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Catholic Law Journal, Fordham International Law, Loyola Law Journal, Michigan State International Law Journal and, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, among others. He studied Law at Cornell University where he received an MBA from the prestigious Johnson Graduate School of Management, besides completing his PhD. in Chaos Theory from Florida International University. Dr. Ghoshray is multi-lingual, has travelled extensively while lecturing as both Panel Chair and Moderator in numerous legal symposiums in wide-ranging topics of Law, Policy & Constitutional Interpretation. Dr. Ghoshray’s current research in the post September 11 legal discourse seeks to trace a phenomological narrative of Guantánamo to understand the pathology of Dehumanization through the lens of American exceptionalism and Duality of 9/11.