Faculty Information

  • Biography

    S.J.D., Harvard Law School (Doctor of Juridical Science)
    LL.M., Harvard Law School (Master of Laws)
    LL.M., Gothenburg University, Sweden 

    Visiting Assistant Professor 2006 - 2007
    Associate Professor: 2007 - present (currently on research leave)
    Visiting Professor: UMass School of Law 2011-2012

    Dr. Grahn-Farley was the Harvard Law School Gammon Fellow (awarded for high academic achievement at Harvard Law School), the Godfrey Lecturer at the University of Maine School of Law, Visiting Scholar with the Boston College Graduate Department of Sociology, Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral  Fellow (Residential) with the Redress and Reparations Group at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, and an Undergraduate Faculty Advisor with the Harvard University Department of English. 

    She has served on the National Board of Save the Children - Sweden, the world’s leading international child rights organization. 

    She is a much sought after public speaker and her academic work has appeared in a number of books and academic journals.  These include: Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary International Law: Between Resistance and Compliance (Sari Kouvo and Zoe Pearson eds., Hart Press: forthcoming 2011); Critical Race Feminism, 2nd edition (Adrien Wing ed., NYU Press: 2003); Michigan Journal of International Law; New York University Review of Law & Social Change; Boston College Third World Law Journal; Law and Literature; Brooklyn Journal of International Law; DePaul Law Review; Cardozo Women's Law Journal; University of Miami Law Review; Journal of Gender, Race & Justice; and Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems.  

    Prof. Grahn-Farley’s current project is at the intersection of human rights, international child rights, and United States constitutional law. 

    In addition to International Law, International Child Rights, and Constitutional Law, her teaching interests also include: Human Rights, International Organizations, American and Scandinavian Jurisprudence, Feminist Legal Theory and Nordic Feminism, Postcolonial Theory, Law & Literature, The Law of the Welfare State, and Family Law.

    Courses: International Law, Legal Theory, Constitutional Law, Women & The Law, International Child Rights and International Organizations.




  • Featured Publications

    The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Forgotten History of the White House Children’s Conferences, 1909-1971,  20 Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems 307 (2011)

    The Politics of Inevitability, in FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL LAW: BETWEEN RESISTANCE AND COMPLIANCE? (Sari Kouvo and Zoe Pearson, editors, Hart Press: 2011)

    WAR, COMMERCE, AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (Book Review) 38 (no. 1)  International Journal of Legal Information 106 (2010)

    The Child Perspective in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Introduction) Symposium: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and NY State Law, 12 New York City Law Review 431  (2009)

    Neutral Law & Eurocentric Law Making: A Post-colonial Analysis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 43 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 1 (2008)

    Race & Class: More than a Liberal Paradox, Symposium: ClassCrits 56 Buffalo Law Review 935 (2008)

    Urgent Times, (Foreword) Symposium: Harvard Law School Symposium on Teaching from the Left, 31 New York University Review of Law & Social Change 435 (2007)

    An Essay for Professor Ruth-Arlene W. Howe of Boston College Law School, Festschrift for Prof. Ruth-Arlene W. Howe,  26 Boston College Third World Law Journal 1 (2006)

    Astrid and Me, 17 Law and Literature 269 (2005)

    The Master Norm: On the Question of Redressing Slavery, Symposium: Race as Proxy in Law & Society, 53 DePaul Law Review 1215 (2004)

    The Ideology of Genus & the Ghost of Heidegger, 29 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 1 (2003)

    To Do Feminist Legal Theory, (Introduction) Symposium: Feminist Legal Theory 9 Cardozo Women's Law Journal 197 (2003)

    A Theory of Child Rights, Symposium: Beyond Right and Reason: Pierre Schlag, the Critique of Normativity, and the ENCHANTMENT OF REASON, 57 University of Miami Law Review 867 (2003)

    (a)   An Open Letter to Pierre Schlag, Symposium: Beyond Right and Reason: Pierre Schlag, the Critique of Normativity, and the ENCHANTMENT OF REASON 57 University of Miami Law Review 755 (2003)

    (b) Reprinted in CRITICAL RACE FEMINISM, 2nd edition (Adrien Wing, ed., NYU Press: 2003)

    A Ghost is Haunting Europe, 24 Michigan Journal of International Law 169 (2002)

    A Child Perspective on Juvenile Justice System, Symposium: The Law’s Treatment of the Disadvantaged: The Politics of the American Drug War, 6 Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 297 (2002)

    Crossing Borders, (Introduction) Symposium: International Child Rights at Home and Abroad: A Symposium on the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, 30 Capital University Law Review 657 (2002)

    The Law Room: Hyperrealist Jurisprudence & Postmodern Politics, Symposium: Mary Jo Frug’s Postmodern Feminist Legal Manifesto Ten Years Later: Transgressing Borders: Women's Bodies, Identities and Families, 36 New England Law Review 29 (2001)

    Not for Sale!  Race & Gender Identity in Post-Colonial Europe, 17 New York Law School Journal of Human Rights 271 (2000)




  • Presentations

    ​The Possibilities of a Child Rights
    Social Movement in the United States of America
    The Children’s Convention at 21:
    Is Child Rights Come of Age?
    University of Ulster
    Derry, Northern Ireland
    18 June 2010

    Keynote Address
    Child Trafficking and The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    University of Minnesota School of Law
    2 April 2010

    Child Rights in the United States
    University of Iowa Law School
    5 March 2010

    More than a Liberal Paradox:
    The role of the welfare state
    LatCrit, Washington D.C.
    3 October 2009

    Neutral Law and Eurocentric Law Making
    Selected as as one of the “New Voices in Human Rights”
    Association of American Law Schools
    Annual Meeting, San Diego
    7 January 2009

    Rape and Agency in Times of War
    Vanderbilt University         
    23 October 2008                                                 

    Lawyer, LiarPresentation as part of panel on Lying, Deception & the Pretext Problem
    Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities
    10th Annual Conference:
    Georgetown University Law Center
    Washington, DC
    23-24 March 2007

    The Urgency of Time
    Opening Address
    Teaching from the Left
    Harvard Law School
    11-12 March 2006

    The Future of International Child Rights
    Globalization and Marginalisation: Implementing Human Rights: International Symposium
    Gothenburg University Center for Human Rights
    14-16 June 2004

    Memories of Slavery
    DePaul University School of Law
    DePaul Law Review Symposium:
    Emerging Issues in Race and the Law
    Chicago, Illinois
    9-10 March 2004

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    DePaul University School of Law
    Faculty Colloquium
    Chicago, Illinois
    13 May 2004

    International Feminist Legal Theory: Opening Address
    Gothenburg University School of Law 
    International Comparative Jurisprudence Conference                                                 
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    7-9 July 2003

    The Ideology of Genus                                                                                      
    Duke University, Law & Sexuality Seminar
    Invited by Prof. Jerome M. Culp
    Durham, North Carolina
    4 November 2002

    The Motion of Rights       
    University of North London      
    Critical Legal Conference in London (United Kingdom)
    6-8 September 2002

    International Child Rights       
    Gothenburg University Human Rights Seminar
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    15 May 2002   

    Juvenile Justice & International Norms     
    Western Law Teachers / People of Color Conference   
    Half Moon Bay, California
    24 March 2002

    Scandinavian Feminism       
    Golden Gate University School of Law Public Lecture    
    San Francisco, California
    17 March 2002

    Gösta Berling’s Saga: Law & Literature     
    University of San Francisco School of Law Faculty Colloquium
    San Francisco, California
    5 March 2002

    Rights in Motion        
    University of Miami School of Law     
    Miami Law Review Symposium
    Miami, Florida
    23 February 2002

    Race & Gender in Postcolonial Europe     
    Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law    
    Jurisprudence series organized by Prof. Peter Goodrich
    New York, New York
    12 February 2002


    A Child Perspective on Juvenile Justice    
    University of Iowa School of Law      
    Journal of Gender, Race & Justice Symposium
    Iowa City, Iowa
    5-6 October 2001

    “Rights” versus “Harms” in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child   
    Harvard University Child Rights Working Group
    Center for Population and Development Studies
    Harvard University
    26 April 2001

    Localized Disruption: A Liberation Strategy   
    New England School of Law      
    New England Law Review Symposium
    31 March 2001

    Not for Sale!         
    Northeastern University School of Law    
    Race & the Law Seminar
    27 September 2000

    International Human Rights Work    
    Northeastern University International Law Society    
    Northeastern University School of Law
    21 September 2000

    Elian Gonzalez: An International Child Rights Perspective 
    Northeastern University International Law Society    
    Northeastern University School of Law
    17 February 2000

    Child Labor        
    Amnesty International Northeast Regional Conference
    Panel on Labor, Human Rights, and Business
    Boston University
    13 November 1999

    A History of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child  
    Harvard University Child Rights Working Group
    Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies
    4 November 1999

    Not for Sale!         
    Birkbeck College, Department of Law (University of London)  
    Critical Legal Conference.
    London, England
    19 September 1999






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