Associate Professor of Law
Professor Baradaran's teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence and international law. Voted Professor of the year in 2012, she joined the faculty of the University of Utah after three years of teaching at BYU Law School. Her current scholarship examines prosecutors, prediction, search and seizure, international law and terrorism, and race and violent crime. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio and other media outlets. Her most recent articles are Funding Terror, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (forthcoming), Rebalancing the Fourth Amendment, Georgetown Law Journal (forthcoming), Predicting Violence, Texas Law Review, Race, Prediction & Discretion, George Washington Law Review, and Does International Law Matter?, Minnesota Law Review. She serves on the AALS Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee and as the Chair of the ABA Pretrial Justice Taskforce and Co-chair of the Committee on Crime Prevention, Pretrial Release & Police Practices.
Before joining the legal academy, Professor Baradaran served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar researching pretrial detention in Malawi and lecturing in criminal law at the University of Malawi. While in Malawi she worked as a justice advisor to the British Department for International Development, advised a coalition of international nongovernmental organizations including UNAIDS and UNDP, and represented criminal defendants in felony cases and in constitutional litigation.
Professor Baradaran has worked as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, receiving national press for role in prison reform litigation. After graduating first in her class at Brigham Young University Law School and serving as editor-in-chief of the BYU Law Review, Professor Baradaran clerked for Judge Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Does International Law Matter? MINNESOTA L. REV. (forthcoming 2013) (coauthored with JC Sharman, Daniel Nielson, and Michael Findley)
Race, Prediction & Discretion GEORGE WASH. L. REV. (forthcoming 2012)
Predicting Violence, 90 TEXAS L. REV. 497 (2012) (coauthored with Frank McIntyre)
Restoring the Presumption of Innocence, 72 OHIO STATE L.J.723 (2011)
Fair Trade and Child Labor, 43 COLUM. HUMAN RIGHTS L. REV. 1 (2011) (coauthored with Stephanie Barclay)
The Presumption of Innocence and Pretrial Detention in Malawi, 4 MALAWI L.J. 124 (2010)
Selected Talks and Presentations
Does International Law Matter?International Society of New Institutional Economics Annual Meeting, USC Law School (June 2012)
Race, Prediction & Discretion, International Law & Society Annual Meeting (June 2012)
Race, Prediction & Pretrial Detention, American Law & Economics Association Annual Conference, Stanford Law School (May 2012)
The Presumption of Punishment, Fraying the ‘Golden Thread’ The Presumption of Innocence in Contemporary Criminal Law, Minnesota Law School (May 2012)
A War on Terror Financing: The Impact of International Law on Money Laundering in the Middle East
and Beyond, Forces Without Borders: Nonstate Actors in the Middle East, Cornell Law School (February 2012)
Importance of the Pretrial Process in Reducing Mass Incarceration and Protecting the Innocent, Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 2012)