Bijal Shah

Associate Professor of Law

Bijal Shah teaches administrative law and her 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.  Before joining the ASU law faculty last fall, Professor Shah was an Acting Assistant Professor at the New York University (NYU) School of Law.    

Prior to entering academia, Professor Shah was Associate General Counsel for the Department of Justice / Executive Office for Immigration Review.  In this position, she wrote immigration regulations, legislation and national policies on behalf of the General Counsel, the Director’s Office, and Congress.  Before this, Professor Shah served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where 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 with the Mauritian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on women's human rights and development issues in Mauritius.  Before 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. (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

Curriculum Vitae

J.D., Yale Law School

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

B.A., Brandeis University