Zahra Takhshid

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2021


Dr. Zahra Takhshid is the Lewis Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches and writes about contracts, torts, privacy, social media and the law. Part of her scholarship explores how to use tools from torts and contracts in resolving challenges with emerging technological developments. A second strand of her interest is Islamic law, particularly private Islamic law. Zahra is an affiliate with the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She has also been selected as the 2021 Quantum Fellow at the Center for Quantum Networks in partnership with the Yale Information Society Project, researching on the societal impacts of the quantum internet.

Zahra’s research has been published or is forthcoming in Cardozo Law Review, Minnesota Law Review Online, Buffalo Law Review, UCLA Journal of Islamic & New Eastern Law, among others. She has contributed to the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest and Harvard Islamic Law Blog.

Zahra holds a doctorate (S.J.D.) from Fordham Law School. In her doctoral dissertation, she analyzed the role of public policy and unconscionability as they relate to waivers of liability for personal injury. At Fordham she was also a fellow at the Institute on Religion, Law, & Lawyer’s Work. Zahra earned an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School where she was the recipient of full tuition Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship. She also has an LL.M. (Summa Cum Laude) and an LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Tehran School of Law and Political Science.

She is a native speaker of Farsi and proficient in French and Arabic. Zahra also has basic knowledge of the programming languages Swift and Python. She is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and Iran.

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