Bijal Shah

Associate Professor of Law

Bijal Shah's research interests lie in the areas of administrative law, immigration law (including so-called "crimmigration"), international human rights law, and LGBT law.  Her scholarship explores evolutions in administrative decisionmaking, including in the immigration context, and the impact of the changing boundaries of executive branch power on vulnerable communities.  Professor Shah joins the ASU law faculty this fall after three years as an Acting Assistant Professor at the New York University (NYU) School of Law.    

Prior to entering academia, Professor Shah wrote immigration regulations and legislation as counsel for the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.  Before this, Professor Shah was nominated by Harvard University to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Her primary responsibilities included ensuring high-quality refugee and asylum adjudications nationwide and in the Middle East.  While in this fellowship, Professor Shah also worked for immigration and appropriations offices at the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, oversaw State Department-sponsored anti-trafficking programs in the Middle East and South Asia, and litigated criminal and other immigration matters in the federal courts of appeal.  

Professor Shah is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal and a Yale University Kirby Human Rights Fellow, and of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.  Immediately after completing her law and graduate studies, Professor Shah was a Harvard University Sinclair Kennedy Fellow, during which time she worked on women's human rights and development issues in the Mauritian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.  Prior to entering law school, Professor Shah was an investment banker at UBS PaineWebber.



Selected Works

Interagency Transfers of Adjudication Authority, Yale Journal on Regulation. (forthcoming)

Towards an Intra-Agency Separation of Powers, N.Y.U. Law Review Online (invited contribution). (forthcoming)

The Attorney General's Disruptive Immigration Power, 102 Iowa Law Review Online 129 (2017) (invited contribution).

Uncovering Coordinated Interagency Adjudication, 128 Harvard Law Review 805 (2015).

LGBT Identity in Immigration, 45 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 100 (2013).


Assistant: Leanna Walker

J.D., Yale Law School

M.P.A., Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

B.A., Brandeis University