Maryellen Fullerton

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7901 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

Asylum and Refugee Law
Civil Procedure
Human Rights Law
International Law
Federal Courts
Immigration Law

B.A., Duke University
J.D., Antioch School of Law

The Hill: “Criminal Violations at the Border Violate International Law”


In an op-ed for The Hill, Professor Maryellen Fullerton calls on leaders of the United States to live up to the nation’s moral and legal obligations and stop violating the laws governing the treatment of individuals seeking asylum.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton Analyzes the Refugee Crisis in Italy at the University of Bologna


Professor Maryellen Fullerton presented an intensive course analyzing the refugee crisis in Italy from the perspective of European Human Rights law.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton Addresses the Italian Society of International Law on Mass Migration


The Italian Society of International Law invited Professor Maryellen Fullerton, an expert in refugee and immigration law, to analyze U.S. perspectives on mass migration and international law.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton Speaks to the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration


Professor Maryellen Fullerton outlined the transformation of European asylum law from a system of redistributing refugees among EU countries to a system that aims to reject refugees at the borders of Europe.

Currents: Liz Faublas interviews Brooklyn Law School Professor Maryellen Fullerton


Professor Maryellen Fullerton discusses the Trump travel ban and its impact from a legal perspective.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton on BBC News Discusses the President’s Actions on Immigration


Professor Maryellen Fullerton, an expert on asylum and refugee law, was recently a guest on a pair of BBC News programs: World Have Your Say and Newshour. On both programs, Fullerton discussed the president’s executive orders and policies on immigration and refugees, and his plan to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton Delivers Keynote on Refugee Resettlement at International Conference


Professor Maryellen Fullerton, an expert on asylum and refugee law, delivered the keynote speech at a major international conference on immigration, “Flight, Journey and Territories: Analysing the Life Paths of Migrants,” hosted by the University of Trento, in Trento, Italy, in September.

Arizona Daily Star: Palestinian refugees in limbo after 7,000-mile journey to US border


Professor Maryellen Fullerton breaks down the statistics on approximately how many stateless people apply for asylum in the United States.

“Spare the Rhetoric and Save the Refugees,” Argues Professor Maryellen Fullerton in Orlando Sentinel Op-ed


In an op-ed that appears in the Dec. 16 edition of the Orlando Sentinel, Professor Maryellen Fullerton points to examples of major refugee crises – the Mariel refugee crisis of 1980, the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the fall of Saigon – to argue that the United States needs to act quickly to allow Syrian refugees into the country.

The Riverdale Press: Some Riverdalians must cope with stateless status


Professor Maryellen Fullerton estimates there are roughly 4,000 stateless people in the U.S. — a relatively small number, "but if you’re one of the 4,000, it doesn’t seem small at all.”

ImmigrationProfBlog: Immigration Article of the Day: Comparative Perspectives on Statelessness and Persecution by Maryellen Fullerton


Professor Maryellen Fullerton’s Kansas Law Review article “Comparative Perspectives on Statelessness and Persecution” is covered by the ImmigrationProf bloggers.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Brooklyn Officials, Legal Experts Weigh in on Obama’s Immigration Order


Professor Maryellen Fullerton offers insight on President Obama’s Immigration Order.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton on NPR to Discuss Edward Snowden’s Future Challenges

In a radio interview with NPR’s Marketplace, Professor Maryellen Fullerton commented on Edward Snowden’s attempt to continue to live in Russia and the challenges he might face.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton on ‘Failed’ Cuba Embargo in Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed

Cuba’s revised migration law is further reason to end the “failed” U.S. embargo, according to Professor Maryellen Fullerton in a thought-provoking new op-ed.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton Receives Fulbright Scholarship


The U.S. Fulbright program announced that Professor Maryellen Fullerton, a scholar in comparative refugee law, has been appointed to the Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento during the 2012-2013 academic year. This is Professor Fullerton’s second Fulbright Award.

New Article from Professor Fullerton Mentioned on Law Professors Blog

ImmigrationProf Blog mentioned Professor Maryellen Fullerton's new paper "A Tale of Two Decades: War Refugees and Asylum Policy in the European Union," which can be found on the Social Science Research Network ( The article describes the Common European Asylum System in order to broaden policy debates on immigration and asylum in the United States.

Professor Maryellen Fullerton Participates in Holocaust Studies Seminar

Professor Maryellen Fullerton recently participated in the 2007 Silberman Seminar for Law Faculty, titled “The Impact and Legacy of the Holocaust on the Law,” which was organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.