SJD Program

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is the most advanced law degree at American University Washington College of Law. The 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.


Dr. Luna Barakat
SJD Program Graduate


Dr. Barakat sucessfully completed her S.J.D. degree at American University Washington College of Law. The title of her dissertation was “Silent Corporate Complicity of Transnational Corporations in Gross Human Rights Violations Committed by Host States.” Her fields of study and professional expertise include: international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law’s S.J.D. program, Dr. Barakat led a legal practice in Israel that specialized in working with governmental and non-governmental actors to understand and promote their human rights obligations. She also participated in the Law & Business Fellowship Program at the Wharton School through which she worked at Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia, on cases involving Guantanamo Bay detainees, asylum and death penalty cases. 

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., American University Washington College of Law
LL.M., University of Essex, UK
LL.B., University of Haifa, Israel
B.A., University of Haifa, Israel

Areas of Specialization

International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
Business & Human Rights


Middle East Partnership Initiative Fellowship
Wharton School of Business LBFP Fellowship

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