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Shaheen Sardar Ali

Professor of Law, University of Warwick

Shaheen Ali's research interests lie at the intersection of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, Women and Child Rights and International Law of Human Rights. She has written and published extensively in her areas of research. TEACHING PROFILE Shaheen is currently teaching the following modules: LA354 An Introduction to Islamic Law (undergraduate) Women's Human Rights and Global Justice (postgraduate) Contemporary Problems in Human Rights (postgraduate)

Shaheen Ali has an LLB (Peshawar), LLM (Hull), MA (Peshawar) and PhD (Hull) and has written extensively in the field of Islamic law, human rights, women and child rights. She was formerly Professor of Law University of Peshawar, Pakistan for twenty-five years and Director Women's Study Centre at the same university. Shaheen served on the National Commission of Inquiry on Women as well as the Prime Minister's Consultative Committee on Women in Pakistan. She also served as the first woman cabinet Minister for Health, Population Welfare and Women's Development in the Government of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan (formerly known as the North west Frontier Province) and the first Chair of the National Commission on the Status of Women of Pakistan. Shaheen has consulted with a range of national and international organisations including the British Council, DFID, NORAD, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP to name a few, as well as providing expert legal opinions in the area of Islamic law in UK and US courts. She was also a member of the British Council Task Force on Gender and Development and a founder member and Co-ordinator of the South Asian Research network on Gender, Law and Governance (SARN). Shaheen is joint editor (with Professors Javaid Rehman and Amir Majid) of the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law and member of the advisory board of the Journal of Gender Studies.


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    Professor of Law, University of Warwick