Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law
Hedayat Heikal is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She recently completed a Doctorate of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) at Harvard Law School with a dissertation titled “Beyond Juristocracy: The Rise and Fall of Judicial Activism on National Identity Questions in the Middle East.” During her S.J.D. studies, she served as a Research Scholar in Law and the inaugural Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, as well as a Graduate Program Fellow at Harvard Law School. Her academic work focuses on comparative constitutional law, the rise of the administrative state, and Middle Eastern and Islamic law. Hedayat also holds a Doctor of Law (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was awarded the Sears Prize for academic achievement, and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) summa cum laude from the American University in Cairo. Between 2009 and 2013, she practiced as a litigation, arbitration, and enforcement attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, representing clients on a wide array of disputes and regulatory matters.