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About Maryellen Fullerton

B.A., Duke University
J.D., Antioch School of Law
Professor Fullerton is an expert on procedural law, focusing on federal jurisdiction in the United States as well as on refugee and asylum systems in many countries around the world. She has pursued research in these fields overseas, first as a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium and Germany, later as a German Marshall Fund Fellow in Hungary, and in 2001-2002 as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Spain. She has served as a Reporter for Human Rights Watch and has headed several human rights missions in Germany. She has also been a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and has been active in projects providing support to Refugee Law Clinics in Eastern Europe. Among Professor Fullerton's most recent works is her co-authored casebook, Forced Migration : Law and Policy (2007). She has also co-edited Refugee Law Reader: Cases, Documents, and Materials (2006), an on-line resource for legal scholars, teachers, students, and advocates. Other recent publications include “The Protection of Refugees Under International and National Law," a chapter in the Guide to International Human Rights Practice (2004),and articles on the developing European Union asylum policy, on migration in Spain and the United States, and on challenges facing transnational legal education. She has written books concerning Germany’s refugee policies for Human Rights Watch, and has co-edited three volumes concerning migration in Hungary, Diasporas and Politics (2001), From Improvisation Toward Awareness (1997), and Refugees and Migrants: Hungary at a Crossroads (1995). Prior to joining the faculty in 1980, she was Law Clerk to Judge Francis Van Dusen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to Judge Frank Johnson, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.


Present Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School



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250 Joralemon Street
Room 823
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 780-7925


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