Seval Yildirim


Professor Seval Yildirim is Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Whittier Law School. Her research and scholarship center on secularism in comparative contexts, focusing on Turkey, India and the United States, as well as international human rights and issues of human dignity, specifically regarding minority religious identities. Professor Yildirim teaches courses on Islamic law, international law, comparative law and U.S. constitutional law.

Professor Yildirim is the past chair of the Association of American Law Schools, Section on Islamic Law, chair-elect of the AALS Section on Comparative Law and the past chair of the Islamic Law Committee of the Association of International Law-American Branch. Prior to joining Whittier Law School, Professor Yildirim was a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. During the 2012-13 academic year, Prof. Yildirim was a visiting professor at Villanova University School of Law.

Professor Yildirim has served as pro bono attorney and legal consultant in free exercise and Establishment Clause cases in California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


J.D., LL.M., New York University School of Law
M.A., Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
B.A., Randolph Macon Women’s College