Headshot of George Bisharat

George Bisharat

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law


George E. Bisharat was a trial lawyer for the Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco before joining the UC Law SF faculty in 1991. Professor Bisharat studied law, anthropology, and Middle East studies at Harvard, and wrote a book about Palestinian lawyers working under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank. He writes frequently on law and politics in the Middle East, both for academic audiences and for major media sources in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Bisharat is an avid fly fisher, sometimes in such exotic locations as Russia and New Zealand, and also writes articles for fly fishing magazines. He is a singer, songwriter, and blues harmonica player specializing in the chromatic harmonica, and as “Big Harp George” has recorded two albums that earned award nominations and critical acclaim . His wife, Jaleh Bisharat, is a business marketing executive working in high tech.


  • Harvard University
    Ph.D., Anthropology and Middle East Studies

  • Georgetown University
    M.A., History

  • University of California at Berkeley
    B.A., Anthropology

Selected Scholarship


  • Criminal Procedure
  • Islamic Law Seminar
  • Law and Social Antropology Seminar