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Tabatha Abu El-Haj, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Law

Thomas R. Kline School of Law





Tabatha Abu El-Haj's principal interest is the American political process, including the ways it is structured by constitutional law and the administrative state. With a background in the sociology of law, she is particularly interested in increasing the democratic accountability of political institutions through political participation. Abu El-Haj has written extensively about the right of peaceable assembly, among other things. Currently, her work focuses on the freedom of association. Abu El-Haj's publications include "The Neglected Right of Assembly" in the UCLA Law Review, and “Changing the People: Legal Regulation and American Democracy" in the New York University Law Review

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  • A Police Officer Sued a Black Lives Matter Protester for Violence He Didn’t Commit. What’s Next Has Free-Speech Advocates Worried.

    Tabatha Abu El-Haj, JD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a Dec. 13 Washington Post article about the first amendment, violence at protests and efforts to sue protest organizers for the acts of others. The article was picked up by numerous outlets in including MSN News, The Seattle Times and SFGate.

  • Weathersbee: 'Blacklist' Mirrors Efforts to Stigmatize Dissent

    Tabatha Abu El-Haj, PhD, JD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, was quoted in a March 10 Commercial Appeal article regarding a recent list of activists banned from Memphis' City Hall and proposed bills with the potential to infringe on persons' First Amendment rights when it comes to peaceful protest.

  • 2016: A Presidential Election Unlike any Other

    Tabatha Abu El-Haj, Phd, JD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law was quoted in a Nov. 6 Philadelphia Inquirer story about voter dissatisfaction and the bipartisan concern that political leaders are not representing their constituents. 

  • The RNC Will Be a First Amendment Disaster

    Tabatha Abu El-Haj, PhD, JD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, authored an opinion piece for Slate on July 15 about protests planned for the Republican National Convention.

  • Commentary: Inconvenient Protests Are The Price of Liberty

    Tabatha Abu El-Haj, PhD, JD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, authored an opinion piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 14 about protests planned for the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

  • Roberts' Court on Path to Do Still More Damage to our Democracy

    An opinion piece about a case before the Supreme Court on whether compelled union dues violate the first amendment, written by Tabatha Abu El-Hajj, JD, an associate professor in the Kline School of Law, ran on on Jan. 12.

  • Fundamental right to disrupt

    Tabatha Abu El-Haj, JD, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Law, wrote an opinion piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 28 about the value of outdoor assemblies, in light of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

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