The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law


George E. Bisharat was a trial lawyer for the Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco before joining the UC Hastings faculty in 1991. Professor Bisharat studied law, anthropology, and Middle East studies at Harvard, and wrote a book about Palestinian lawyers working under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank. He writes frequently on law and politics in the Middle East, both for academic audiences and for major media sources in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Bisharat is an avid fly fisher, sometimes in such exotic locations as Russia and New Zealand, and also writes articles for fly fishing magazines. He is a singer, songwriter, and blues harmonica player specializing in the chromatic harmonica, and as “Big Harp George” has recorded two albums that earned award nominations and critical acclaim . His wife, Jaleh Bisharat, is a business marketing executive working in high tech.



  1. Harvard University 1987

    Ph.D., Anthropology and Middle East Studies

  2. Georgetown University

    M.A., History

  3. University of California at Berkeley

    B.A., Anthropology

Selected Scholarship

  1. Anthropology and Law as Two Sibling Rivals 2013

    Antropolítica: Revista Contemporânea de Antropologia

  2. Violence’s Law: Israel’s Campaign to Transform International Legal Norms 2013

    Journal of Palestine Studies

  3. Re-Democratizing Palestinian Politics 2013

    UCLA Journal of International and Foreign Affairs

  4. Introduction to "Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?" 2012

    Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

  5. Freedom Thwarted: Israel's Illegal Attack on the Gaza Flotilla 2011

    Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law


  1. Criminal Procedure
  2. Islamic Law Seminar
  3. Law and Social Antropology Seminar