There has been a great deal of hope, and some very real progress, in the enhancement of gender equality and women’s rights in many of the Muslim majority nations following the surge of freedom and democracy of the Arab Spring. This program will try to put those advancements in historic context and explain and explore both those changes and the likelihood of their becoming permanent or becoming negated, or even reversed, by fundamentalist forces.
Moderator: Robert E. Michael - Chair, Subcommittee on Islamic Law of the Council on International Affairs of the Association; former Chair of the Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law; Chair, Islamic Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association; Adjunct Professor, Pace University Law School; Managing Member, Robert E. Michael & Associates PLLC.
Norah Al-Taweel – Saudi Arabian lawyer and May 2013 candidate for an LL.M. Degree in International Law at Pace University Law School.
Carole Basri – Adjunct Professor, Fordham University Law School; Vice President of the Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq; President, Corporate Lawyering Group LLC; Senior Vice President, Balint, Brown & Basri LLC.
Karima E. Bennoune – Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law, author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Untold Stories From The Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism (forthcoming August 2013).
Zeina Jallad - Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow, Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law; Member of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration Law, Birzeit University, Palestine; LL.M. from Columbia Law School.
Sali A. Rakower - Senior Fellow of the West Point Center for the Rule of Law and its inaugural Director; formerly associated with White & Case, active in Middle East legal affairs.
Sponsor: NYC Bar COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON ISLAMIC LAW
Co-Sponsors – NYC Bar: Sex and Law Committee and Committee on Women in the Profession; New York Women’s Bar Association; International Women’s Rights Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York; Muslim Bar Association of New York; and PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law.
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