Renowned Professor and Scholar Bernard Freamon To Join Haub Law as Visiting Professor, Teaching Criminal Law and Human Trafficking Seminar

October 21, 2021
Bernard Freamon

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that Bernard K. Freamon will join its law faculty as a visiting professor in the spring of 2022. While at Haub Law, he will be teaching Criminal Law and an Advanced Criminal Law Seminar on Human Trafficking.

“Bernard Freamon is a well-renowned professor and scholar. While at Haub Law, our students will have the opportunity to learn from an expert in the areas of criminal law and human trafficking while taking these courses. We are thrilled to welcome him and provide our students with the opportunity to learn from this unique and distinct perspective,” said Jill I. Gross, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law.

Bernard K. Freamon is emeritus professor at Seton Hall Law School, teaching at the school beginning in 1979 until he achieved emeritus status in 2016. Professor Freamon's research and teaching interests focus on Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Legal History. He also has expertise and interest in ethics, international law, comparative law, evidence, prisoner’s rights, legal philosophy, criminal law and jurisprudence, and Anglo-American legal history. Professor Freamon is a frequently published scholar and the author of a number of articles, book chapters, and more. His more recent scholarship has focused on the problem of slavery in the Muslim world. His recently published book, Possessed by the Right Hand: The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures (Leiden: Brill, 2019), is the first comprehensive legal history of slavery in Islam ever offered to readers.

Notably, while at Seton Hall, Professor Freamon was the founding director of Seton Hall Law School's Center for Social Justice and served for five years as board chairperson of the Essex-Newark Legal Services Corporation. Additionally, he is a long-time member of the board of editors of the New Jersey Law Journal. He also served as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey for ten years. In March, 2010, Professor Freamon was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work aimed at clarifying, modernizing and improving the law.

Professor Freamon continues to teach as an adjunct professor. He currently teaches Islamic Jurisprudence at New York University School of Law. He also previously offered a distinctive course on slavery and human trafficking, based in Zanzibar, Tanzania, for students in George Mason University's Global Education Office. Professor Freamon also served as the Director of Seton Hall Law’s study abroad program for the study of law in the Middle East

Horace E. Anderson, Jr., Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, said, “Professor Freamon has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney, law professor, and activist. He has advanced social justice and worked to improve the rule of law, while teaching and mentoring countless law students to do the same. We are fortunate and honored to have him join Haub Law as a visiting professor this upcoming spring.”

Professor Freamon received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1970 and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (Newark) in 1974. He also possesses LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia University School of Law.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, N.Y., opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. World and News Report. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s JD alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information about Haub Law, visit

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