Catherine Baylin Duryea joined the Law School in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Professor Duryea is a legal historian who researches human rights, comparative constitutional development, and administrative law. She is particularly interested in institutional constraints on executive power during emergencies, including specialized courts and non-governmental actors. Her research has been published in the Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania Journals of International Law and has been included in two edited volumes. Her writing has been featured in the New York Daily News and the History News Network. She teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Legal History, and Introduction to Law.
Prior to coming to St. John’s, Professor Duryea was the Charles W. McCurdy Fellow in Legal History at UVA Law and a Fulbright-Hays scholar in Morocco and Kuwait. She clerked for the Honorable Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Before law school, she designed international service-learning programs in Cairo in coordination with refugee services organizations and Egyptian community-based networks.
Professor Duryea holds a Ph.D. in History and a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University, as well as a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo.