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Prof Nazila Ghanea

Fellow, Official Fellow

Professor in International Human Rights Law

Faculty of Law

BA MA Leeds, MA Oxford, PhD Keele

Nazila came to the University of Oxford in January 2007 having previously been Senior Lecturer in Law and Human Rights and Director of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the University of London, Institute for Commonwealth Studies. She teaches on the MSt in International Human Rights Law and supervises DPhil students. She is an Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and serves on the Board of Governors of the Universal Rights Group.

Dr Nazila Ghanea is Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College (BA Keele, MA Leeds, PhD Keele, MA Oxon). She also serves as a member of the OSCE Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. She was the founding editor of the international journal of Religion and Human Rights and now serves on its Editorial Board as well as the Advisory Board of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion.

She has been a visiting academic at a number of institutions including Columbia and NYU, and previously taught at the University of London and Keele University, UK and in China. Nazila’s areas of expertise include non-discrimination and equality, freedom of religion or belief, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East. Her publications include nine books, five UN publications as well as a number of journal articles and reports. Her research has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Arts and Humanities Research Board, the Qatar Foundation and the Open Society Institute. From 2010-2013 she was part of a research term investigating ‘Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice’ (2010-2013) which has resulted in a monograph

She has also received a number of university scholarships and academic awards. Nazila has acted as a human rights consultant/expert for a number of governments, the UN, UNESCO, OSCE, Commonwealth, Council of Europe and the EU. She has facilitated international human rights law training for a range of professional bodies around the world, lectured widely and carried out first hand human rights field research in a number of countries including Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Her up to date research interests and publications can be found on the Law department website.

Elected 2006; Women’s Officer 2007-08; Harassment Officer 2008-2013 ; Member of College Equality Committee 2007-2013