Law professors to discuss 'Reframing and Reconstructing Counterterror Surveillance'

Wayne State University Law School will continue the Wayne Law Legal Briefs series on Thursday, September 30, with Professor Peter Hammer and Professor Khaled Beydoun leading a discussion on “Reframing and Reconstructing Counterterror Surveillance.”  The seminar will take place online from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.

Beydoun is a law professor, author and public intellectual. He serves as a law professor at Wayne State University, a Scholar-in-Residence at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and associate director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights in Detroit. Beydoun is author of the book “American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear,” and co-editor of “Islamophobia and the Law” published by University of Cambridge Press.

Beydoun’s academic work has been featured in top academic journals, including the UCLA Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review. His insights have been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, and ESPN. Beydoun served on the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights for three years and earned a coveted Open Society Foundations Equality Fellowship. He has been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the World and is currently working on his third book examining Islamophobia as a global phenomenon.

Beydoun is a native of Detroit and earned degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, UCLA, and Harvard. 

Hammer was named the A. Alfred Taubman Endowed Chair at Wayne State University Law School in fall 2018. He has taught at Wayne Law since 2003 and is the director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. The Keith Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, economic and political empowerment of under-represented communities in urban areas and to ensuring that the phrase “equal justice under law” applies to all members of society. Hammer was instrumental in editing and compiling Judge Damon J. Keith’s biography, “Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith” (2013).

Hammer has become a leading voice on the economic and social issues impacting the city of Detroit, and has added new courses to the law school curriculum on “Race, Law and Social Change in Southeast Michigan” and “Re-Imagining Development in Detroit: Institutions, Law & Society.”

Hammer has expertise in the fields of domestic health law and policy, as well as international public health and economic development. He is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as lead editor for “Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care,” a book published by Duke University Press (2003). Combining his training as an economist and a lawyer, his most recent book, “Change and Continuity at the World Bank: Reforming Paradoxes of Economic Development” (2013), takes on questions of international economic growth and development. His scholarship also has examined the role of global health initiatives in health system development and how international law might further the objectives of global child health.

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