Saira Mohamed

Sharp-eyed pragmatist

Saira Mohamed quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), Nov. 7, 2017

She recently taught the opinion, though it was later vacated after the city and the class settled, and she said that it was an important decision. “I think the Jones case is pioneering in its understanding of the criminalization of poverty,” she commented.

The death penalty in the United States and the force of regional human rights

Saira Mohamed writes for Verdict, May 14, 2014

Human rights law gets a bad rap for many reasons: because in most cases it has no “teeth,” no courts or armies to enforce it; or because its purportedly universal rights protect only individuals with power or voice, or only those lucky enough to live in the countries that believe they are indeed rights. The European restrictions on the export and production of lethal injection drugs, however, indicates the power of human rights law, even when protections are limited to a particular region.

What does opposition to war in Syria tell us about the state of international law?

Saira Mohamed writes for Justia, Verdict, September 16, 2013

The gaping holes in international law continue to be an embarrassment: Syria has been ravaged by violence for years, but it is only now, after the “red line” has been crossed, that world leaders are thinking seriously about what it means to “flout fundamental international rules.”  Nonetheless, there is reason for hope.