Professor Emily Behzadi’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of art and cultural heritage law. With a background in art history, Professor Behzadi’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary connection between the law and the arts within a national and international framework. Her scholarship centers on the intersection of cultural heritage law, human rights, and social justice. Most notably, her published works explore the use of cultural heritage as not only a medium of expression, but a medium of marginalization. Throughout her scholarship, Professor Behzadi has examined how acts of plunder, destruction, and even sometimes the erection of objects of cultural heritage serves as a tool of oppression and even persecution. Professor Behzadi is the Chair of the Cultural Heritage Section of the American Society of International Law, the Vice Chair of the International Division of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and an Executive Committee member of the AALS Art Law Section.
Prior to joining the faculty at California Western School of Law, Professor Behzadi was an Adjunct Professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law and Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. As an attorney, Professor Behzadi practiced in the areas of art and entertainment law, including intellectual property, contracts, immigration, and civil litigation. Professor Behzadi has served on numerous panels for such organizations as the American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools. Professor Behzadi was recognized as one of the ABA's "40 Top Young Lawyers" and one of the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40.