Research/Areas of Interest: International human rights law and comparative constitutional law, including with regard to minority rights, access to nationality, immigration detention, the Global South, and the Middle East; and clinical legal education.


Christine Bustany is a senior lecturer in international law at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she directs the International Law Practicum and teaches law related courses. Bustany's primary areas of legal expertise include: international law, human rights, comparative constitutional law, and civil litigation. She has experience as an advocate and researcher in the nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations sector, working on international human rights and development issues, as well as a practicing attorney engaging in complex commercial litigation at the international law firm of O'Melveny and Meyers in New York. Bustany has served as a pro bono lawyer in a range of civil and political rights matters in US courts and international fora, including successfully representing petitioners before the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

As an academician and clinician, Bustany taught at Boston University School of Law in its International Human Rights Law Clinic, and also directed the International Legal Practice program at Suffolk University Law School, as part of its nationally-ranked clinical programs. In these positions, she developed rich expertise in experiential education—teaching international human rights advocacy and private sector related practice courses and supervising student fieldwork. Bustany also taught law for a semester at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon.

Bustany received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law. In addition, she studied political science and economics at the Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France, and was a Fulbright fellow in Cairo, Egypt.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, Bustany has an Institute of American Universities (IAU) research fellowship in France; and since 2021, Bustany has been an affiliated faculty member of the Fares Center For Eastern Mediterranean Studies.

With Fletcher School of Global Affairs International Law Practicum,
• "Best Interests of the Child: Ending Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand," Report Submitted to United Nations Special Representative on Violence Against Children (2022) [].

With Boston University Law School International Human Rights Clinic (BU IHRC), Prof. Susan Akram, country studies mapping issues of statelessness and access to nationality in particular jurisdictions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA):
• "Campaign to End Statelessness in Egypt" (2022) [] [Arabic version,].
• "Campaign to End Statelessness in Jordan" (2021) [] [Arabic version,].
• "Campaign to End Statelessness in Iraq" (2022) [] [Arabic version,].