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Marzieh Tofighi Darian
S.J.D. 2022
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Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, Princeton University


“Religion, Courts, and Constitutional Reasoning: The Efficacy of Constitutional Courts’ Jurisprudence in Religiously Divided Societies”

My work focuses on the constitutional reasoning performed by the constitutional courts and its impact on increasing or decreasing the intra-religious divisions in the context of the Middle East.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Islamic Law with Professor Intisar Rabb, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Islamic Constitutionalism/Constitutionalism in the Middle East with Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School
  • Constitutional Reasoning and Interpretation with Professor Vicki Jackson, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory and Constitutional Design
  • International Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2015-2022
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program, 2014-2015 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. 2013
  • Tehran University, Iran, LL.M. 2011
  • Tehran University, Iran, LL.B. 2008

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, Teaching Assistant for the LL.M. Writing Workshop, 2018-2019
  • Harvard Law School, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Advisor, 2016-2018
  • New York University, School of Law, International and Human Rights Fellow, 2013

Representative Publications

  • Sujit Choudhry et al., Political Party Finance Regulation: Constitutional Reform After Arab Spring (Ctr. For Constitutional Transition, NYU & Int’l IDEA) 2014.

Additional Information

Languages: English (fluent), Persian (native), Arabic (Reading skills)

Last Updated: July 7th, 2023