Prof. Ozan Varol

Assistant Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

Ozan O. Varol teaches in the areas of constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, Islamic law, and criminal law.  His recent scholarship has focused on comparative constitutional transitions and constitutional design. He also lectures and writes about civil-military relations and law and politics in the Middle East.  Professor Varol’s academic articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the California Law Review, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Harvard International Law Journal, International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Iowa Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Texas International Law Journal, and Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.  His scholarship has been featured in various domestic and foreign media outlets, including CNN, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy Magazine.  For two consecutive years (2011 and 2012), he was one of two scholars selected in a double-blind peer review process to present at the American Society of Comparative Law Annual Meeting.  He has served as a presenter or lecturer at over two dozen conferences or meetings.

Professor Varol’s recent publication, The Democratic Coup d’État, 53 Harvard International Law Journal 291 (2012), was identified by Professor Mark Tushnet (Harvard Law School) as “one of the best works of recent scholarship relating to constitutional law” in a review published in Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots).  The same article was selected for presentation at the 2012 Yale-Illinois-Princeton Comparative Law workshop and was the only article from Volume 53 of the Harvard International Law Journal selected to be featured on an on-line symposium with invited responses by other scholars. 

Before entering academia, Professor Varol served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He also practiced law at Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where he worked on complex civil and white-collar criminal defense litigation. 

Professor Varol received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he graduated first in his class and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Iowa Law Review.  He has a bachelor’s degree in planetary sciences from Cornell University, where he was a member of the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers mission. Professor Varol is a native of Istanbul, Turkey, and lived there for 18 years before coming to the United States for his undergraduate studies.

  • B.A. 2003 Cornell University
  • J.D. 2007 University of Iowa, with highest distinction

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Publications and Multimedia
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
18th Annual Faculty Conference
January 15, 2016
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Gonzalez v. Thaler - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 01-25-12 featuring Ozan Varol
January 25, 2012