Professor Fullerton is an expert on asylum and refugee law. Her research focuses on comparative refugee law and the empirical and normative aspects of the worldwide effect of the Common European Asylum System. She was recently appointed to the Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento for the 2012-2013 academic year through the U.S. Fulbright program. This appointment is her second Fulbright Award. Fullerton’s research at the University of Trento compares the laws of Italy, the European Union, and the United States as they have evolved in response to the phenomenon of forced migration and examines the ways in which governments have reacted to refugees and asylum seekers. Fullerton was a German Marshall Fund Fellow in Budapest in the 1994-1995 academic year and a Visiting Scholar at the Juan March Institute, Center for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Madrid in the 2001-2002 academic year.
Among her most recent works are her two co-authored casebooks, Forced Migration: Law and Policy and Immigration and Citizenship Law: Process and Policy, which are used by more than 100 law schools and universities throughout the United States. She is one of the founding editors of the Refugee Law Reader, a comprehensive on-line resource available in English, Spanish, French, and Russian for the rapidly evolving field of international refugee law. In addition to teaching and researching, she headed several human rights missions in Germany for Human Rights Watch. She has been a consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and has been active in projects providing support to Refugee Law Clinics in Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining Brooklyn Law School’s faculty in 1980, Professor Fullerton served as law clerk to Judge Francis Van Dusen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to Judge Frank Johnson Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.