B.A., Harvard University
J.D., Harvard University
Ph.D., Stanford University
Office Phone: (207) 228-8230
Professor Ghachem teaches criminal law and procedure, legal history, and law and religion.
He practiced law in Boston from 2005 to 2010, working primarily in the areas of criminal defense, employment discrimination, and commercial/securities litigation.
Professor Ghachem holds undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford. He clerked during 2004 with the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami, and has also served as a lecturer in political science at MIT.
He is the author of The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, March 2012) and has published several articles in the fields of French colonial and American legal history.
Professor Ghachem's research interests include criminal procedure, the law of slavery and race, and the comparative law of religious freedom.
- Prosecuting Torture: The Strategic Ethics of Slavery in Pre-Revolutionary Saint-Domingue (Haiti). 29 Law & Hist. Rev. (2011). [SSRN]
- Of 'Scalpels' and 'Sledgehammers': Religious Liberty and the Policing of Muslim Charities in Britain and America since 9/11. 9 UCLA J. Islamic & Near E.L 25 (2009/2010). [SSRN]
- From Emergency Law to Legal Process: Herbert Wechsler and the Second World War, co-authored with Daniel Gordon, 40 Suff U. L. Rev. 333 (2007). [SSRN]
- The Slave's Two Bodies: The Life of an American Legal Fiction, The William and Mary Quarterly 60, no. 4 (Oct., 2003): 809-842.