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The Ambitions of Muslim Family Law Reform

Professor Kristen Stilt and Clinical Instructor Salma Waheedi of the International Human Rights Clinic will discuss their upcoming Journal of Law & Gender article examining reform efforts in family law in Muslim countries. Read More

Fundamental Rights and Impact Litigation in Pakistan

Human Rights Program Visiting Fellow Yasser Latif Hamdani speaks about fundamental rights litigation under the Pakistani Constitution. Hamdani will discuss his personal experience as an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, including litigating landmark internet freedom cases. This will cover cases involving YouTube and Blackberry, and ongoing challenges under domestic legislation. Read More

A Road Less-Traveled: Feminism and Advocacy in Saudi Arabia

Hala Aldosari, women’s rights activist and scholar, will discuss ten key messages for feminists and activists struggling to make a difference. Beyond describing the advocacy and public campaigns in Saudi Arabia, the talk will draw on significant personal insights and reflections, and provide a snapshot of an eventful journey that is attempting to organize thought and action. Read More

From Islamic Democracy to Muslim Democracy: Islamist Ideology in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

A seminar with Andrew March, Berggruen Fellow-in-Residence, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University and Visiting Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, Harvard Law School. Read More

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Turkey and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Responses and Perspectives

Since 2011, Turkey has received more than three million Syrian refugees, the largest community of Syrians displaced by the conflict. This has had significant economic, political, security, social, and foreign policy challenges for Turkey. This talk by Dr. Zulfukar Aytac Kisman (Firat University) will focus on the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey’s perspective and analyze the Turkish response to the crisis, policies developed, and the need for more rigorous planning. Read More

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Innovative Approaches to Migrant Worker Advocacy

Join us for a conversation on migrant workers’ rights in Jordan’s garment sector in the free trade zones with Mervat Jumhawee, Advocacy Officer for the El Hassan Workers’ Center. Founded in 2012, the El Hassan Workers’ Center has a mission of working with multiple stakeholders to connect workers with health and recreational services; empower workers with knowledge about their legal rights; and equip them with tools and resources to organize and advocate for those rights. Read More

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LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World: Dismantling Oppressive Structures

This panel will examine the cultural and sociopolitical origins and dynamics of homophobia and transphobia in the Arab world and engage in an open and honest conversation about what queer liberation would look like in this complex region. Panelists will draw on their own experiences as activists and debate solutions to dismantle the existing structures of oppression in a number of contexts, including Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, and Palestine. This event is open to Harvard Law School affiliates only.
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A Conversation with Syrian Refugee and Activist Sana Mustafa

Sana Mustafa, a Syrian refugee in the US, will share her story growing up in Syria, revolting against the Assad regime, fleeing the horrors of war, and starting a new life in the US, and her new path as an activist and advocate for the rights of Syrian refugees worldwide. Read More

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The Syrian Crisis in Film: Two Award-Winning Short Narratives

Join us for the screening of two short films inspired by true events of the Syrian war. Fireplace (2017) and Orshena (2016) both recount tales of the devastating human consequences of war and give deep intellectual insights into the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The screening will be followed by a discussion with award-winning directors Muhammad Bayazid and Samah Safi Bayazid. Read More

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Feminist Voices in Islam: Rethinking Patriarchal Ethics

Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a leading scholar of Islamic feminism, will discuss the emerging reformist and feminist voices in Islam and their potential in challenging the long-established classical interpretations of Shari’a and rethinking their underlying patriarchal ethical values and norms. Read More