Fernando Chang-Muy

Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania

Fernando Chang-Muy is the Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he teaches International Human Rights and Refugee Law. He also teaches courses at the Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice on topics such as U.S. Immigration Law, and Non Profit Leadership. He served as Legal Officer with both the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Program. He also served as the first director of Swarthmore College’s Intercultural Center, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, advisor to the Provost on Equal Opportunity, and lecturer on International Human Rights in the Peace and Conflict Studies. He began his legal career as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, serving as Director of the Southeast Asian Refugee Project, providing free legal aid to low-income immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia. He is also past founding director of the Liberty Center for Survivors of Torture, a project of Lutheran Children and Family Services. He is the author of numerous articles on diverse topics dealing with immigration and refugees, public health, and management, and is co-editor of the text Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees (2016). He is a recipient of both the 2011 and 2018 Penn Law Public Interest Supervisor/Advisor of the Year Awards, honoring outstanding project supervisors and advisors; and the 2016 recipient of the Law School Beacon Award, recognizing exemplary commitment to pro bono work by a Penn Law faculty member.

Expertise: Borders; Diplomacy; Global Governance; Human Rights; Latin America; Migration; Public Health

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