The Harvard Law Review has elected Hassaan Shahawy ’22 as its 135th president. Shahawy succeeds Michaeljit Sandhu ’21.

“Hassaan is astoundingly smart and unceasingly modest. His collaborative approach to leadership, deep commitment to engagement across difference, and excellent judgment will serve the Review extremely well during this extraordinary time. I am so excited to see what he and all the editors in Volume 135 do next,” said Sandhu.

Born in Los Angeles to an Egyptian Muslim family, Shahawy graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with an A.B. in History and Near Eastern Studies. He then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to pursue a doctorate in Oriental Studies, and alongside that studied Islamic law traditionally both in the UK and in the Muslim world. He has also been involved in direct services work with refugee populations and incarcerated persons.

“From my first day on the Review, I have been deeply impressed by Michaeljit’s profoundly humble and egalitarian approach to leadership, as well as his unparalleled brilliance and tireless intellectual rigor. It will be a challenge, but also an honor, to try to live up to his example this year,” Shahawy said. “We in Volume 135 are incredibly lucky to be inheriting this beautiful community and institution left for us by Volume 134.”

Founded in 1887 by future Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, LL.B. 1887, the Harvard Law Review is an entirely student-edited journal with the largest circulation of any law journal in the world. It is published monthly from November through June.