Assistant Professor of Legal Studies Katayoun Alidadi is passionate about human rights and freedom of religion and belief and has researched and written widely on efforts to ensure that all people are treated equally. As the co-editor of the new book, "Redesigning Justice for Plural Societies," she aims to further those discussion by examining cases of accommodation and recognition of minority practices under state law.
An important resource for academics, researchers, and policymakers in the areas of minority rights, legal anthropology, law and religion, legal philosophy, and law and migration, "Redesigning Justice for Plural Societies" represents multiple disciplines and methodologies. Across 11 case studies, the book presents selected situations and experiences from around the world in which diverse societal stakeholders and political actors have worked to develop creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions via accommodative laws or practices.
"The book is truly interdisciplinary and global in scope and we hope it will appeal to a wide global academic and policy readership," notes Alidadi, who co-edited the book with Marie-Claire Foblets, Professor of Law at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Director of the Department of Law & Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, and Dominik Müller, Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany.
The author and editor of multiple books and academic volumes, Alidadi’s previous experience includes time as a corporate attorney at an international law firm in Brussels and as a public interest attorney at the Public Counsel Law Center in Los Angeles. In her work as consultant, she focuses on assisting global companies with framing or tailoring their religious inclusion and diversity initiatives and offers workshops and seminars on common challenges, barriers, and best practices in modern workplaces.
Alidadi, who earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from KU Leuven and her LL.M from Harvard Law School, joined the Bryant faculty in 2017 and specializes in comparative law, human rights, and the intersections of law and religion. She is also the faculty advisor to the Bryant University Mock Trial Team, where she helps the next generation of legal scholars and advocates hone their skills.