Danya Reda

Associate Professor of Law

Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure promises a ‘just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.’ But what does ‘speedy’ or ‘inexpensive’ mean? To say nothing of the elusive notion, ‘just.’ How these ambiguous terms are understood and interpreted has grave ramifications for the enforcement of rights across all fields of substantive law. The work of attorneys and procedural scholars is to give life and meaning to these words, and the underlying rights they are intended to protect.”

  • Danya Shocair Reda is a scholar of procedural reform in the U.S. civil system, alternative dispute resolution processes, and Islamic law. Before joining STL, Professor Reda was an Acting Assistant Professor at New York University School of Law. She also worked as a civil litigator at Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler and Adelman LLP and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, LLP, and as law clerk to the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., in the Southern District of New York. Professor Reda has served on the Federal Courts Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York as the Committee’s liaison to the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University, Professor Reda was a Fulbright Scholar in Damascus, Syria. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Master’s degree in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford, where she studied Islamic law and philosophy.


    • J.D., Harvard Law School
    • M.A., University of Oxford
    • B.A., Brown University



    • Administrative Law
    • Civil Procedure
    • Islamic Law
    • The Global Dimensions of Court Reform: Lessons from a Chinese Commercial Court, 57 Columbia J. of Transnational L. (forthcoming 2018)
    • What Does it Mean to Say That Procedure is Political? 85 Fordham L. Rev. 2203 (2017)
    • Historical Knowledge in Islamic Legal Theory, UCLA J. of Islamic & Near E. L. (forthcoming)
    • How the Anchoring Effect Might Have Saved Civil Rule-Makers Time and Money (and Face), 34 Rev. of Litig. 751 (2015)
    • The Cost-and-Delay Narrative in Civil Justice Reform: Its Fallacies and Functions, 90 Or. L. Rev. 1085 (2012)
    • Critical Conflicts Between First-Wave and Feminist-Critical Approaches to Alternative Dispute Resolution, 20 Tex. J. Women & L. 193 (2011)

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