Human Rights Consortium
Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security in the United States
Prof. Philip Schrag Georgetown University Prof. Jaya Ramji-Nogales Temple University
Professor Philip Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Educational Fund, Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service. He is also a prolific author, having written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He has been honored with the Association of American Law Schools' Deborah L. Rhode Award for Advancing Public Service Opportunities in Law Schools through Scholarship, Service and Leadership, the Association of American Law Schools William Pincus Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education, Lexis/Nexis' Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, and the Outstanding Law School Faculty Award of Equal Justice Works, for leadership in nurturing a spirit of public service in legal education and beyond.
Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales' research areas include empirical assessment of the U.S. asylum system, procedural due process at the intersection of immigration and international human rights law, and transitional justice. She is the co-author of Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (NYU Press 2009) and the co-editor of Bringing the Khmer Rouge to Justice: Prosecuting Mass Violence Before the Cambodian Courts (Mellen Press 2005). Prof. Ramji-Nogales received a BA with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD, in 1999, from Yale Law School. She also holds an LLM with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following law school, she was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights to create a refugee law clinic at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2001, Prof. Ramji-Nogales joined the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, where she focused on international arbitration, and pursued pro bono projects in the areas of international and domestic refugee law and international human rights law. In 2002, she joined the American Civil Liberties Union in New York as a staff attorney. From 2004 to 2006, Prof. Ramji-Nogales taught at Georgetown as a clinical fellow in the Center for Applied Legal Studies, where she supervised law students representing asylum seekers.
Human Rights Consortium
Refugee Law Initiative