K. Sabeel Rahman

Associate Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law
Constitutional Law

A.B., Harvard University
M.Sc and M.St., Oxford University, Rhodes Scholar
J.D., Harvard Law School
Ph.D., Harvard University

Administrative Law

This course addresses the nature and functioning of federal and state administrative agencies, its dominant theme being the relationship between the administrative process and the judicial system. Central to that theme is the question of whether and to what extent the former is controlled by the latter. Accordingly, the course covers such topics as: whether the judiciary can review administrative action, the scope of review, who can obtain it and against whom, and when review can be sought and granted. Also covered is administrative fact-finding and rulemaking, the problems of bias and prejudice, the necessity and scope of notice and opportunity to be heard, agency obtaining of information, and the process of proof and decision in administrative proceedings.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Constitutional Law

This course presents an introduction to the historical background, content, and meaning of the United States Constitution. The course focuses on such issues as: the origins and scope of judicial review; intergovernmental relations; separation of powers among the legislative, judicial, and executive branches; powers of the President; basic principles of individual rights and equal protection; due process; and state and federal regulatory powers.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Market Structure, Private Power and Consumer Welfare Seminar

Law facilitates and enforces private transactions, enforcing contracts, encouraging competition, requiring disclosure. How does law construct "market" and how do market dynamics influence law? How might law and public policy be reformed to address concerns like inequality and corporate power, while promoting values like economic dynamism, inclusion, and welfare? This seminar explores these themes by providing students with an deeper look at different systems of business law and economic regulation. Topics may include: antitrust, competition policy, and corporate concentration; consumer protection and consumer welfare; regulation of public utilities including recent debates over net neutrality, internet platforms, and privatization of local utilities. In addition to covering relevant legal authorities and debates, this course will also enable students to view law and public policy from a variety of perspectives including the role of administrative and regulatory institutions and processes; law and economics; critical perspectives on questions of power, justice, and inequality.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Students will be graded on a combination of class participation, presentations and exercises, and a final paper. Students may obtain prior permission from the instructors to write a substantial paper that satisfies the UCWR for an additional credit.