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Shaheen Sardar Ali





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76524954

Research Interests

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.

DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS Included in the 100 most influential women of Pakistan. Appointed Member of the International Strategic Advisory Board, Oslo University, 2012.

  • Awarded the British Muslims Annual Honours achievement plaque in the House of Lords in May 2002
  • Awarded the Star Woman Award of the Year (1996) in the field of Law, Pakistan by The Star Girls and Women Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral Studies at the Law School, University of Hull, England. (1995-1998)
  • Awarded Aizaz-i-Fazilat (Presidential Award) 1992 for contribution to higher education and research in Pakistan
  • Honourable mention in the UNESCO Prize for development of the teaching of Human Rights 1992 by an international jury in Paris, November, 1992
  • Josephine Onoh Memorial Award, University of Hull for outstanding performance in LLM. (1991)
  • Won a Foreign and Commonwealth Scholarship for LLM. studies at University of Hull, England. 1990-91
  • Was an International Visitor under the USIA Programme to study the American Legal System, 1988
  • MEDIA WORK Shaheen is regularly called upon to contribute to Radio and television programmes and appear as commentator/discussant on current affairs/Islamic Law/Muslim World/Pakistan/South Asia/Human Rights.

    Research Projects

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    Books and Chapters
    • Ali, Shaheen Sardar, 2016. Evolving conceptions of children's rights : some reflections on 'Muslim States' Engagement with the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child'. In: Yassari, Nadjma; Moller , Lena-Maria; Gallala-Arndt , Imen; (ed.), Parental Care and Best Interest of the Child in Muslim Countries, The Hague, T M Asser, View
    • Ali, Shaheen Sardar, 2016. Contextualising family-law reform and plural legalities in postcolonial Pakistan. In: Yassari , Nadjma; (ed.), Changing God's Law : the dynamics of Middle Eastern family law, Farnham, Ashgate Publishers, pp. 34-67, View
    • Ali, Shaheen Sardar, Kazmi, Arjumand Bano, 2016. Autonomous aspirations? Re-reading the CEDAW drafting process and examining Muslim Women's Contribution. In: Foblets, Marie-Claire; Dundes-Renteln, Alison; Graziade, Michele; (ed.), (Not) Outside my culture? Paradoxes of Personal Autonomy: , View
    • Ali, Shaheen Sardar, 2016. Modern challenges to Islamic law: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, View

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