Saira Mohamed’s primary interests are in the areas of criminal law and human rights, with her research focused on responses to mass atrocity. Examining the roles of criminal law and armed force in preventing and stopping widespread violence, her work considers the meaning of responsibility in mass atrocity crimes and seeks to unsettle conventional conceptions of choice and participation in this context. Her articles have appeared in top journals, including the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. In 2014, her article “Deviance, Aspiration, and the Stories We Tell: Reconciling Mass Atrocity and the Criminal Law” won the award for the best paper by a junior scholar from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Criminal Justice. Her article “Abuse by Authority: The Hidden Harm of Illegal Orders” won the National Institute of Military Justice 2022 Kevin J. Barry Award for the best article in military law of the past year. Mohamed was awarded the Berlin Prize and will spend the fall 2023 semester as a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. She is a Vice President of the American Society of International Law, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mohamed previously served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan, where she counseled government officials on legal and policy issues regarding the work of the International Criminal Court in Darfur and the resolution of the civil war in Sudan. She also was an Attorney-Adviser for human rights and refugees in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, where her portfolio included asylum and human rights litigation in U.S. courts. Immediately prior to joining Berkeley Law, she was the James Milligan Fellow at Columbia Law School.
Mohamed is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review and recipient of the David Berger Memorial Prize for international law. She also received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University in history and international affairs. She clerked for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., Yale University
Master of International Affairs, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
Saira Mohamed is teaching the following courses in Spring 2023:
263 sec. 001 - International Human Rights
286.21 sec. 001 - Women's Leadership in the Law
Courses During Other Semesters
|Semester||Course Num||Course Title||Teaching Evaluations||Fall 2022||230 sec. 005||Criminal Law||View Teaching Evaluation||Spring 2022||230 sec. 002||Criminal Law||View Teaching Evaluation|