Prof Shaheen Sardar-Ali, Professor of Law, University of Warwick and Vice-President UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
‘The Dynamics of Family Law Reform in Pakistan: A Gender Perspective’
Prof Javaid Rehman, Professor of Islamic Law and Human Rights, Brunel Law School
‘Sexual Minorities and Islamic State Practices: Examining the issue of the rights of LGBT and other sexual minorities in Pakistan’.
Thursday Jan 23rd, 3-5pm
Venue: Aras na Laoi, Moot Court room
(first floor, to the left of the Law Dept reception office)
All Welcome. This event is organised in association with the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy, UCC Faculty of Law
Biography: Professor Shaheen Sardar-Ali
Shaheen Ali is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, and Vice-Chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. She 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). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Oslo and is recipient of numerous honours and awards for her work on Muslim women’s rights. She has published extensively on issues relating to Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights.
Professor Javaid Rehman is Head of the School of Law at Brunel University, London and Professor of Islamic Law, Muslim constitutionalism and human rights. He was born and brought up in Punjab, Pakistan. After having received his first University degree in History and English Literature (Government College Lahore, Punjab University), he came to the United Kingdom where he studied Law (LLB, Hons.) at the University of Reading. He completed a PhD in International Law in 1995 (Hull University, UK) and was appointed to his first full-time lectureship in September 1996 at the Law Department, Leeds University. He was invited to take up a Chair in Law at Ulster University in 2002. Since August 2005, Javaid Rehman has been a Professor of Islamic Law, Muslim constitutionalism and International Law at Brunel University. He has been invited to provide legal opinion in a number of high profile cases involving Islamic law, international terrorism and human rights law. Professor Rehman has written extensively on the subject of Islamic Law, International human rights and minority rights, with over one hundred publications to his credit. His recent works include International Human Rights Law (Longman, 2010), Islamic State Practices, International Law and the threat from Terrorism (Hart Publishing, 2005), and (with SC Breau) (eds) Religion, Human Rights and Interntional Law (ILA). He is on the editorial boards of several journals. He was until recentlyutil recently the General Coordinating Editor of the Asian Yearbook of International Law (AYIL) and is currntly a joint co-editor of the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (JISPIL). Profesor Rehman has been involved at various levels of policy making and has also acted as an advisor to various governmental and non-governmental organisations on counter-terrorism issues as well as civil liberties and human rights law.
This event is supported by an IRC New Foundations Award.