17th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era of Global Conflict and Populism

Sahar F. Aziz, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, delivered her talk, Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era of Global Conflict and Populism, at The University of Tulsa College of Law on Thursday, September 15, 2016.


About Sahar F. Aziz
Sahar F. Aziz is a professor at Texas A&M University School of Law and a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. Prior to joining Texas A&M, she served as a senior policy advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the US Department of Homeland Security and an associate at Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLP in Washington, DC, where she litigated class action civil rights lawsuits. Aziz started her career as a litigation associate at WilmerHale.

Aziz’s scholarship is at the intersection of national security and civil rights law with a focus on how post-9/11 counterterrorism laws and policies adversely impact racial, ethnic and religious minorities. She is also an expert on the Middle East, wherein she examines the relationship between authoritarianism, terrorism and rule of law in Egypt. Her academic articles have been published in the Harvard National Security JournalGeorge Washington International Law ReviewPenn State Law Review and the Texas Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal.

In 2015, Aziz received the prestigious Derrick Bell Award from the American Association of Law Schools Minority Law Section. She was also recognized as a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse Magazine. Aziz has been featured on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News and Al Jazeera and published commentaries on CNN.comNew York TimesCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Middle East Institute, theWorld Politics ReviewHouston ChronicleThe GuardianChristian Science Monitor and Huffington Post.

She is an editor of the Race and the Law Profs blog and serves on the board of the ACLU of Texas. Aziz has a JD and MA in Middle East Studies from the University of Texas, where she served as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. She clerked for The Honorable Andre M. Davis on the US District Court for the District of Maryland.


About the Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture
The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot.

Working from a tent because his office and home were destroyed during the riot, he represented clients, filed briefs and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.