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The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is the most advanced law degree at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). The SJD program brings together aspiring legal academics and other top legal professionals from around the world who wish to research and write a dissertation of publishable quality under the instruction of faculty members who are recognized experts and leading practitioners in their fields. SJD candidates’ areas of scholarship include international finance and tax law, criminal justice reform, intellectual property law, environmental law, and international human rights law.
Following a successful oral defense and completed dissertation, WCL proudly welcomes each candidate into an international community of alumni scholars working in academia, government, and the non-profit sector. Graduates of WCL’s SJD program include a Ugandan Supreme Court Justice; the former President of Sharia Court of Appeals in Israel; the Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals; and professors at law schools in Israel, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Egypt, and other countries. For more information about alumni of the program, please see our alumni page.
Congratulations Dr. Maha Almutlak
Congratulations to Dr. Maha Almutlak on her successful defense of her dissertation, "Citizenship and Belonging in Saudi Arabia: Analysis of a Legal Framework.”
Second National SJD Roundtable at WCL
American University Washington College of Law continues to build on its reputation for being a center for academic research. On November 3, 2017, we welcomed 40 doctoral candidates from 16 law schools across the U.S. to present their research as part of the National SJD Roundtable.
Congratulations Dr. Cristiane Bená Dias
Congratulations to Dr. Cristiane Bená Dias on her successful defense of her dissertation, "Communities’ Engagement in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Brazil: A Legal Proposal to Amplify the Voices of those Who Are Most Affected and Least Heard.”
Congratulations Dr. Abdulmajed Alrajhi
Congratulations to Dr. Abdulmajed Alrajhi on his successful defense of his dissertation entitled, “Islamic Arbitration and Reformulating Principles Concerning Role of Arbitrators, appointment of Women Arbitrators, and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Light of Modernity and Change of Culture in Islamic World.”
Congratulations Dr. Ji Chen
Congratulations to Dr. Ji Chen on her successful defense of her dissertation entitled, “State Responsibility for National Judicial Decisions in Investment Arbitration: Lessons China Can Learn.”