Professor Mary Fan is a criminal justice and evidence expert whose research also intersects with immigration, privacy and public health. She has experience as a federal prosecutor (AUSA) in the Southern District of California and as an Associate Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
Professor Fan is the author of numerous publications about prosecutorial and police discretion, cross-border criminal justice, drug crimes, crimmigration, alternatives to criminalization and incarceration, and victim protection. She also co-authored a lauded casebook on international criminal law published by Oxford, with the late President Antonio Cassese, hailed as "the chief architect of modern international criminal justice," Guido Acquaviva, Chef de Cabinet of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and Alex Whiting of Harvard.
She clerked for the Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. At the ICTY she worked with Judge O-Gon Kwon on cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar. At Yale, she was a Notes Editor for the Yale Law Journal, a Managing Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and a Coker Teaching Fellow. She was awarded the Jewell Prize and the Nathan Burkan Prize for her publications.
Elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), Professor Fan is an advisor to the ALI's Model Penal Code Sexual Assault and Related Crimes Project. She also has been interviewed by, or written for, a variety of media organizations such as ABC News, the Associated Press, the Daily Telegraph, FOX News, the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times and more.