Saturday, March 15, 2014
UC Hastings has announced that Professor Karen Musalo , Director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, has been appointed the Bank of America Foundation Chair in International Law for a three-year term. Professor Musalo is a nationally recognized pioneer in refugee issues. She is lead co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: An International and Comparative Approach (4th edition), and has contributed to the evolving jurisprudence of asylum law through her scholarship, as well as her litigation of landmark cases. Professor Musalo was lead attorney in Matter of Kasinga (fear of female genital cutting as a basis of asylum), the first precedential decision establishing that women fleeing gender-based persecution may be eligible for asylum. Kasinga continues to be cited as authority in gender asylum cases by tribunals from Canada to the United Kingdom to New Zealand.