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Raymond Budelman

Raymond Budelman is a PhD student in the Department of English, a recovering lawyer, and a proud Berkeley cripple. He possesses over a decade of human rights experience, beginning with Amnesty International—where he helped draft the International Violence Against Women Act—and most recently with Physicians for Human Rights—where he handled and assessed war crimes evidence and issued prosecution recommendations for gross human rights violations, including torture and murder. When doing so in 2010, Ray was one of about two dozen U.S. law students—out of over 154,000—to acquire habeas corpus experience while enrolled in law school as a member of a legal team that (unsuccessfully) challenged the constitutionality of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

Ray earned his Juris Doctor at Washington University School of Law and a Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Rights at Columbia University. In 2011, Ray was one of only two U.S. nationals nominated by the American Red Cross to represent the United States at the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Annual International Humanitarian Law Conference.

After spending a few years out West as a happy Berkeley wharf-rat—and before returning to Washington, D.C.—Ray briefly resettled in New York, where, among other things, he lectured on International Criminal Law at Columbia Law School. He is the only international criminal lawyer in the United States identifying as a disabled person.


Editing Experience:

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy.

Berkeley Journal of International Law.

Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law.


Recent Conference Attendance and Presentations:

“On Stumbling as Trauma,” Conference Presentation, Prepared for the 2nd Washington Conference on Trauma at The George Washington University, Marvin Center, Washington, DC, October 20, 2016.

“Crippling the Academy, Crippling the Economy, and Crippling America—Using Disability Studies to Confront Inequity in the World,” Conference Paper, Prepared for the 2nd Literacy, Language, and Culture Graduate Conference at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Performing Arts and Humanities Building, Baltimore, MD, October 1, 2016.

Attendee by Professional Invitation, American Red Cross’ International Humanitarian Law Primer for Professionals (meeting of international criminal lawyers to train persons in the law regulating conduct of the regular armed forces during armed conflict), Washington University School of Law, Anheuser-Busch Hall, St. Louis, MO, April 8, 2016.

“The Nürnberg Laws and Forced Sterilization as Genocide,” Conference Presentation, Prepared for the “Disability and the Holocaust: Legacies of the T4 Program” Symposium at the Alice-Salomon Hochschule Berlin (University of Applied Sciences), Berlin, Germany, March 18, 2016.


Academic Interests:

20th and 21st century American literature; combatant narratives and other war literature; law and literature; human rights; postcolonialism; postmodernism; deconstruction; mendicancy, malingering, poverty, and disability.


B.A., Hofstra University.

M.A., Columbia University.

J.D., Washington University in St. Louis.

LL.M., University of California, Berkeley.

Ph.D. (in progress), The George Washington University.