Jeffrey Kahn is Professor of Law and Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in the United States, and a Fulbright Research Scholar at the PluriCourts Centre for the 2017-2018 academic year. During his Fulbright year at PluriCourts, Professor Kahn will research the evolving relationships of the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom to the European Court of Human Rights. Geography, history, politics, and law place Russia and the United Kingdom on opposite ends of Europe. Their increasingly strained relations with the Strasbourg-based Court put the future of this extraordinary human rights institution at risk.
At SMU, Professor Kahn teaches and writes on American constitutional law, administrative law, Russian law, comparative human rights, and counterterrorism. His latest research on U.S. legal topics focuses on the right to travel and national security law. His latest work on Russian law has focused primarily on the influence in Russia of the European Convention on Human Rights. In 2011, Russian President Dmitrii Medvedev’s Human Rights Council asked him─the one American among six other experts from Russia, one from Germany, and one from the Netherlands─to write an expert report on the second conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. Professor Kahn described this work and its repercussions in an op-ed published in the New York Times (online) and International Herald Tribune (print).
He is a graduate of Yale College, Oxford University (where he won the Hodgson Martin Prize for Best Dissertation for his doctoral work on Russian federalism), and the University of Michigan Law School. His first book, based on that dissertation, was published by Oxford University Press while he was a law student. During law school, he also served as a lecturer on European human rights law at summer training programs in Moscow for Russian lawyers sponsored by the Council of Europe. After law school, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, from October 2003 until April 2006.
At SMU he was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the SMU Embrey Human Rights Education Program. SMU is the first university in the South, and only the fifth in the country, to offer an academic major in human rights. He is a Fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.
National Security Law & the Constitution (with G. Corn & J. Gurulé) Aspen, 2017.
Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists. University of Michigan Press, 2013. Paperback edition, 2014.
Federalism, Democratization and the Rule of Law in Russia. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Selected News and Media Articles
A ‘No Buy’ List for Guns Is a Bad Idea, New York Times, July 1, 2016.
The 'No Fly List' operates in secret, and its power to exclude is vast, Guardian (UK), Dec. 23, 2015.
America hasn’t always lived the values celebrated in “Bridge of Spies,” Washington Post, Oct. 23, 2015.
In Putin’s Russia, Shooting the Messenger, New York Times, Feb. 25, 2013 (online).
Articles on Russian Legal Topics
Freedom of Expression in Post-Soviet Russia, 18 UCLA J. Int’l L. & For. Aff. 1-30 (2013).
Report on the Verdict against M.B. Khodorkovsky & P.L. Lebedev, 4 J. Eurasian Law 321-534 (2011)(issue devoted to report)(report cited by European Court of Human Rights, Khodorkovskiy & Lebedev v. Russia, App. Nos. 11082/06 & 13772/05, July 25, 2013, at ¶¶ 362 & 890).
The Unification of Law in the Russian Federation (with A. Trochev & N. Balayan), 25 Post-Soviet Affairs 310-46 (Oct.-Dec. 2009).
Vladimir Putin & the Rule of Law in Russia, 36 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 511-58 (2008).
Russia’s Criminal Procedure Code Five Years Out (with W. Burnham) 33 Rev. of Central & E. Eur. Law 1-93 (2008) (lead article).
The Search for the Rule of Law in Russia, 37 Geo. J. Int’l L. 353-409 (2006).
Russia’s “Dictatorship of Law” and the European Court of Human Rights, 29 Rev. of Central & E. Eur. Law 1-14 (2004) (lead article).
Russian Compliance with Articles Five & Six of the European Convention of Human Rights as a Barometer of Legal Reform & Human Rights in Russia, 35 Mich. J. L. Reform 641-94 (2002) (Кан Джеффри. Исполнение Россией ст. 5 и 6 ЕКПЧ как показатель соблюдения прав человека // Российский бюллетень по правам человека. № 17 (2003)).
The Parade of Sovereignties: Establishing the Vocabulary of the New Russian Federalism, 16 Post-Soviet Affairs 58-89 (2000).
Articles on International Legal Topics
“Protection and Empire”: The Martens Clause, State Sovereignty, and Individual Rights,Virginia J. Int'l L. 1-49 (2016) (lead article).
Articles on U.S. Legal Topics
International Travel and the Constitution, 56 UCLA L. Rev. 271-350 (2008).
Zoya’s Standing Problem, or, When Should the Constitution Follow the Flag? 108 Mich. L. Rev. 673-725 (2010).
No-Limit Texas Hold’em, or, The Voir Dire in Dallas County, 13 Green Bag 2d 383-97 (2010).
Ten Questions on National Security (invited essay), 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 5041-60 (2010).
The Extraordinary Mrs. Shipley: How the United States Controlled International Travel before the Age of Terrorism, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 819-888 (2011).
The Case of Colonel Abel, 5 Journal of National Security Law & Policy 263-301 (2011).
The Nacirema Revisited, 67 SMU L. Rev. 807-19 (2014).
Very Like A Whale: Analogy & the Law, 13 Law, Culture & Humanities 1-18 (2015)(lead article).
‘Unlawful Influence’ and the al-Nashiri Military Commission at Guantánamo Bay, 20 Journal of International Peacekeeping 219-229 (2016).
Chapters in Edited Books
The Law is a Causeway: Metaphor & the Rule of Law in Russia, in The Legal Doctrines of the Rule of Law & the Legal State (Rechtsstaat)(Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law & Justice, Vol. 38) 229-250 (Silkenat, Hickey, & Barenboim, eds., Springer, 2014).
How Federal Is The Russian Federation? (with Trochev & Balayan) in Federalism & Legal Unification: A Comparative Empirical Investigation of Twenty Systems (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law & Justice, Vol. 28) 355-390 (Halberstam & Reimann, eds., 2014).
The Rule-of-Law Factor, in Institutions, Ideas and Leadership in Russian Politics 159-83 (J. Newton & Wm. Tompson eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Adversarial Principles and the Case File in Russian Criminal Procedure, in Russia & the Council of Europe: Ten Years After 107-33 (Malfliet & Parmentier eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Presentation of Jeffrey Kahn, Occasional Paper #304: The Russian Constitution at Fifteen: Assessments & Current Challenges to Russia’s Legal Development 54-59 (Dresen & Pomeranz eds., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010).
Комментарий, Верховенство права и проблемы его обеспечения в правоприменительной практике (Москва: Издательство «Статут», 2009).
Putin’s Federal Reforms: A Legal-Institutional Perspective, in Beyond the Garden Ring: Dimensions of Russian Regionalism 73-109 (Kivinen & Pynnöniemi eds., Kikimora, 2002).
What Is The New Russian Federalism?, in Contemporary Russian Politics: A Reader 374-83 (Archie Brown ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
Федерализм и федератция, and Федерализм и демократия, in Основы теории и практики федерализма: Пособие для студентов высших учебных заведений 9-22 (K. Malfliet & L. Nasyrova eds., Garant, 1999).
Federalism, Democracy and Asymmetry: Issues in Comparative Perspective, in Federalism: Choices in Law, Institutions and Policy. A Comparative Approach with Focus on the Russian Federation 23-39 (K. Malfliet & L. Nasyrova eds., Garant, 1998).