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Emily Behzadi

Assistant Professor of Law

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
New York University, M.A.
Florida Southern College, B.A.
Property I and II
Art and Cultural Heritage Law

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 current work explores issues of restitution and the prohibition against the destruction of cultural heritage as developing norms of customary international law. She seeks to expand her research to cultural heritage issues and disputes arising in Latin America, as they relate to U.S. law and policy. Professor Behzadi has published in the Journal of International Law and International Relations (peer reviewed), George Mason International Law Journal, and the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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 is the Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Entertainment and Sports Law Committee. Professor Behzadi is also the Vice-Chair of the International Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries. She also serves as an Associate Editor of ABA TYL Journal. 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.

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Law Review Publications

  • Emily Behzadi, Destruction of Cultural Heritage as a Violation of Human Rights: Application of the Alien Tort Statute, __ Rutgers University Law Review (forthcoming).
  • Emily Behzadi, The Art of Consignment Agreements, 36 Entertainment and Sports Lawyer 3 (August 2020).
  • Emily Behzadi, ‘Spain for the Spaniards’: An Examination of the Plunder & Polemic Restitution of the Salamanca Papers, 11 Geo. Mason Int'l L.J. (2020).
  • Emily Behzadi, Harmonizing the Law to Protect Cultural Diplomacy: the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunities Clarification Act, 12 J. Int’l L & Int’l Rel. 9 (2016).
  • Emily Behzadi, Cece v. Holder: A Victory For Young Single Women Targeted For Sex Trafficking in Albania, 27 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 865 (2013).

Essays, Op-eds, and Other Publications

  • Emily Behzadi and Julie Gold, Remembering the Suffragists and Honoring Their Legacy, Florida Association of Women Lawyers Journal (Spring/Summer 2020).
  • Emily Behzadi, Painting a Picture of Artist O-1 Visas under the Trump Administration, The Briefs (January 2020).
  • Emily Behzadi, Cuban-Americans must effect change for separated immigrant families, Sun Sentinel, September 17, 2018.
  • Emily Behzadi, Help Wanted: Miami’s Alarming Number of Directorship Successions, Center for Art Law, April 2, 2015.