Professor Susan Akram is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Georgetown University School of Law, and the Institut International des Droits de L'Homme in Strasbourg. She teaches or has taught immigration law, refugee law, international law and human rights lawyering at Boston University Law School. She directs the BU Law School’s International Human Rights clinic, and worked for many years as an immigration lawyer before joining the faculty in 1993. She has served as executive director of Boston’s Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project and as directing attorney of the immigration project at Public Counsel, a public interest law firm in Los Angeles. In 1992 she was interim director of the agency overseeing the resettlement of Gulf War Iraqi refugees in Saudi Arabia.
Professor Akram has taught at the American University in Cairo, the Palestine School of Law at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, and at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre. She speaks and writes on refugee issues, human rights and immigration law and policy