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Robert Kahn

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
J.D., New York University Law School
B.A., Columbia University
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Born and bred in the Boston suburbs, Rob Kahn graduated Columbia University with a B.A. in History. The summer after his junior year Kahn studied in Madrid, Spain. Kahn then attended NYU Law School, where was a member of the Order of the Coif, as an editorial board member of The Commentator, NYU’s law student newspaper, and a Note and Comment Editor for the N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change. After law school, Kahn clerked for Magistrate-Judge Leonard I. Bernikow of the Southern District of New York and litigated social security disability cases with Harlem Legal Services.

Kahn also has a PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied comparative law and politics with an emphasis on comparative criminal procedure. In 2004 he published Holocaust Denial and the Law: A Comparative Study. The book, based on Kahn’s dissertation, examines how differing forms of criminal procedure (adversarial vs. inquisitorial) helped or hindered the prosecution of Holocaust denial. Kahn’s subsequent research has focused on hate speech directed at Muslims (including the Danish Cartoons), defamation of religions, cross-burning and memory laws. Kahn is currently working on a book length manuscript on how history, culture and geography make a society more or less likely to punish hate speech.

Kahn has taught legal writing for over a decade. At Brooklyn Law School, he taught Legal Research, Writing and Analysis and Fundamentals of Legal Drafting. In 2007, he joined the University of St. Thomas faculty, where he has taught Lawyering Skills I and II, and Islam and Civil Liberties. He has also supervised independent studies on a wide variety of subjects including animal law, drones, immigration and Islamic finance.

Kahn lives with his wife Jacqueline and his two children, Jenny and Jimmy, in St. Paul. When not going hiking or playing Magic: The Gathering with his children, Kahn closely follows the fate of the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots.

Robert Kahn Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

“Should it Matter Where Genocide Denial is Banned? A Critique of the NexusArgument,” in Uladzislau Belavusau and Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias eds. Memory Laws: Remembering Genocides and Other Atrocities through Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

“Rethinking the Context of Hate Speech Regulation (reviewing Michael Herz and Peter Molnar eds. Rethinking the Content and Context of Hate Speech: Responses and Regulation Cambridge University Press 2012),’ __ First Am. L. Rev., (forthcoming, 2016).  

“Does it Matter How One Opposes Hate Speech Bans? A Critical Commentary on Liberté pour l’Histoire’s Opposition to French Memory Laws,” 15 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 55 (2016).

“The Overlapping of Fools? Drawing the Line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the wake of the 2014 Gaza Protests,” in A. Koltay ed. Comparative Perspectives on the Fundamental Freedom of Expression (Budapest: Wolters Kluwer, 2015).

“Offensive Symbols and Hate Speech Law, Where to Draw the Line? An American Perspective” in A. Koltay ed. Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World(Budapest: Wolters Kluwer, 2014).

“Why Do Europeans Ban Hate Speech? A Debate between Karl Loewenstein and Robert Post,’”41 Hofstra L. Rev. 545 (2013).

“Flemming Rose’s Rejection of the American Free Speech Canon and the Poverty of Comparative Constitutional Theory,” 39 Brook. J. Int’l. L. 657 (2014).

“Are Muslims the New Catholics? Europe’s Headscarf Laws in Comparative Historical Perspective,” 21Duke J. Comp. & Int’l. L. 567 (2011).

Holocaust Denial and the Law: A Comparative Study (Palgrave Macmillan 2004).



Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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LAWS 620 - 08 Lawyering Skills I - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 244
CRN: 43297 Instructor: Robert A. Kahn This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of legal problem solving through legal analysis, legal research and legal writing methods. Students will learn methods of legal analysis, including fact analysis and rule-based reasoning, using common law and statutory sources. Students will learn legal research in primary and secondary sources, in both traditional and electronic formats, emphasizing efficient research strategies. Finally, students will learn to structure, write and edit a formal memorandum of law. Instruction in lawyering skills will be integrated to focus on the problem-solving process and to help students begin to develop independent professional judgment.

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LAWS 716 - 01 Lawyering Skills for LLM Stud M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 238
CRN: 43144 Instructor: Robert A. Kahn This course will introduce you to the basics of United States legal discourse including (1) how to read and brief cases; (2) how common law lawyers analyze, compare, and synthesize cases and interpret statutes; (3) how to write legal memoranda; (4) the basics of legal research (including use of secondary sources, ALRs, case reporters and digests); and (5) how to convey advice to a client in a letter. The class will also touch briefly on scholarly writing and law school exams.

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LAWS 950 - 14 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43230 Instructor: Robert A. Kahn Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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