Christian Haliburton

Christian Halliburton

Professor Emeritus

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  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Criminal Procedure


  • B.A., University of California/Berkeley
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1998; Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems editor-in-chief; Harlan Fiske Stone Honors Moot Court Competition director; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Clerk to Judge Barbara J. Rothstein, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


Christian Mukunda Halliburton is the Faculty Director of the Alaska Law Campus and Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. He teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion. After receiving his JD from Columbia University School of Law, Professor Halliburton spent several years in private firm practice, and two years clerking for the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein of the United States District Court in Seattle, before joining the faculty at Seattle University in 2002. An anthropologist by training, Professor Halliburton tends to focus his teaching and scholarship on the human aspect of the institution of legal regulation – both in terms of determining optimal regulatory regimes, and as a way of internalizing the universe of societal costs associated with such regulatory systems. Professor Halliburton has written articles on topics ranging from jurisprudential theories of privacy and evidentiary exclusion under the Fourth Amendment to the intersection of race and criminal law in the post-Brown v. Board of Education context. In addition to his teaching and involvement in the Seattle University School of Law community, Professor Halliburton is actively involved in the protection and pursuit of individual civil liberties as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and regularly provides public and media presentations on matters involving civil rights and individual freedoms.


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Halliburton granted emeritus status, July 01, 2021