Catherine Duryea

Catherine Baylin Duryea

Charles W. McCurdy Legal History Fellow

Catherine Duryea is the 2017-18 recipient of the Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History. While in residence at the Law School, she will advance her research on the relationships between Arab activists and international human rights law. While at UVA Law, Duryea will also focus on a second project examining the Emergency Court of Appeals — a federal court created by the U.S. government in 1942 to review wartime price and wage-control measures in order to control inflation.

Duryea’s doctoral research focuses on the development of nongovernmental organizations advocating for human rights in the Arab world from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. For her research, she traveled to Morocco, Kuwait and Palestine to collect documents and interview local activists about the early years of regional human rights activism.

Duryea received in B.A. in political science and her J.D. from Stanford University, and her M.A. in Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo.