Professor Aswad Elected as New Member of the Council of Foreign Relations

March 4, 2021

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently elected Evelyn Mary Aswad, University of Oklahoma College of Law professor and Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law Chair, as a new member. 

The CFR is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists educators and students, civil and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

“Professor Aswad’s expertise in the field of international human rights law make her a natural candidate for selection,” said OU Law interim dean Katheleen Guzman.  “Her leadership and many years of expertise will prove invaluable to the work of the CFR.”

Aswad’s expertise focuses on the intersection of international human rights law, technology, and global corporate responsibility standards, with a focus on freedom of expression.  She has written a number of articles involving social media companies, content moderation, and universal human rights standards.  She teaches International Law Foundations, International Business & Human Rights and a Human Rights Practicum at the College of Law.

In addition, she is the Director of the Center for International Business & Human Rights, where she has brought many guest speakers from industry, civil society, and government to speak with students about technology, human rights, and democracy. Prior to joining the OU Law faculty in 2013, Aswad served from 1999-2013 as a career lawyer at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., most recently as the director of the human rights law office.


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