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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).



Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
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LAWS 625 - 04 Lawyering Skills II - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455
CRN: 22563 Instructor: Robert A. Kahn, Valerie R. Aggerbeck This course will refine students' legal problem-solving skills using legal analysis, legal research, and legal writing strategies and will introduce students to additional lawyering skills. Students will advance from objective to persuasive legal writing projects set in an advocacy context and will draft typical litigation documents, such as plead- ings, pre-trial motions, and trial briefs. Students will consider various dynamics of the lawyer/client relationship, conduct a client interview, and prepare a client opinion letter. Finally, the course will explore alternative methods of dispute resolution.

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LAWS 794 - 01 Topics:Privacy Law - - W - F - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 446
CRN: 22602 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Robert A. Kahn The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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LAWS 950 - 14 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22641 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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