Faraz Shahlaei is a JSD Candidate and an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Since 2019, he is also a Senior Fellow at Loyola Law School International Human Rights Center. His research and teaching interests are public international law, international sports law, international human rights and dispute resolution.
Shahlaei holds a Bachelor of Law from the Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran; an LLM in International Law from the University of Judicial Studies, Tehran; and an LLM in dispute resolution from the Strauss Institute, Pepperdine School of Law.
Shahlaei is a former professional volleyball player and has worked with volleyball teams as a coach on grassroots levels in Iran. He is also a certified volleyball coach and a swimming instructor. He is currently a volleyball referee of both the Southern California Volleyball Association and the Southern California Interscholastic Federation.
Shahlaei’s main research is focused on the interaction between sports, international law and international human rights, including issues related to state-sponsored doping, right to freedom of speech for athletes, accountability of sport governing bodies for human rights violations, children’s rights in sports, racism and discrimination and the right to effective remedy in sports.
Shahlaei has published both in English and Farsi and was a speaker in 2019 Play the Game conference in Colorado Springs.
- When Sport Stands Against Human Rights: Regulating Restrictions on Athlete Speech in the Global Sports Arena, 39 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review 95 (2017).
- Soccer Stadiums, Where International Law, Racism and Cultures Collide, 7 Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Arizona State University 291 (2018).