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Natsu Taylor Saito

Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law    

J.D., Yale Law School
M.Ed., Georgia State University
B.A., Swarthmore College


International Human Rights
Public International Law
Indigenous Peoples in International Law
Race and Law


Natsu Taylor Saito joined the College of Law faculty in 1994. She teaches public international law and international human rights; seminars in race and the law, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights; and professional responsibility.  She has served as advisor to the Asian American Law Student Association and the Hispanic Student Bar Association. Professor Saito’s scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States, the plenary power doctrine as applied to immigrants, American Indians, and U.S. territorial possessions, and the human rights implications of U.S. governmental policies, particularly with regard to the suppression of political dissent. She is currently writing a book on settler colonialism and race in America.

Professor Saito graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 and received a Masters of Education from Georgia State University in 1982. She worked as a community organizer for the South DeKalb Community Center from 1977-1980, then taught social studies at Horizons School and English as a Second Language for the Adult Education Department of the Atlanta Board of Education.

After receiving her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1987, Professor Saito worked for Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Troutman Sanders, and Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, and taught as an adjunct at Emory Law School prior to joining the GSU College of Law faculty. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and has served on the Committee on the Involvement of Women & Minorities in the Profession and the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts.

In 1993 Professor Saito helped found the Georgia Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and she has served on the Board of the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Professors, as well as the boards of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the Center for Democratic Renewal, the Paideia School, and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. She is a co-director of the Human Rights Research Fund, and a member of the board of governors of the Society of American Law Teachers and chair of its Academic Freedom Committee.

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