Fatma Marouf

Fatma Marouf

Associate Professor of Law

Co-Director of Immigration Clinic

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Areas of expertise:

Immigration Law, Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law


Professor Marouf joined the Boyd Law School faculty in 2010. Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Professor Marouf’s research probes various problems involved in adjudicating immigration cases at all levels. Her research explores the influence of psychology on decision-making by judges and administrative agencies, including the impact of heuristics and implicit bias, and employs empirical methods to assess consistency and accuracy in adjudication. She also applies social psychological theories to examine the relationship between immigration policies, implicit bias, and intergroup relations.

In addition, Professor Marouf is actively involved in federal asylum litigation and has submitted amicus briefs in a number of cases involving issues related to her research on social visibility, gender-related asylum claims, and the role of foreign authority in U.S. asylum adjudication.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Marouf practiced immigration law from 2005-2010, handling all types of cases, including asylum, deportation defense, family and business immigration. Professor Marouf also worked as a Staff Attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance, representing low-income individuals in the areas of housing rights, education rights, and public benefits. She clerked for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

At UNLV, Professor Marouf teaches immigration law, international human rights law, and co-directs the Immigration Clinic. During winter session, she also teaches U.S. and Indian law students participating in the International & Comparative Human Rights Law Program at the National Law University in Delhi, India, where she lectures on refugee issues, human trafficking, and economic and social rights. Professor Marouf also helps design experiential research projects for students that will be of value to human rights organizations in India.

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