Dr Amna Nazir is a Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University, UK, and holds an Editorship at Harvard Law School’s renowned Programme in Islamic Law. Her research and teaching expertise lie in international human rights law and Islamic law, with a particular focus on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism.
The focus of her research during her time at Geneva Academy will be the engagement of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) with the right to freedom of religion or belief in the UPR.
Dr Nazir holds a British Research Council funded PhD, through the prestigious Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, and an Islamic seminary (Alimiyyah) degree. Her doctoral thesis examined the justification of capital punishment in the UPR context and was selected as an impact case study by the Research Council. Dr Nazir also holds a first-class LLB and an LLM (with Distinction) in International Development Law and Human Rights from Birmingham and Warwick respectively.
Dr Nazir has engaged in consultancy work with government officials, NGOs and international organizations and has also participated as a stakeholder in the UPR where she continues to actively contribute to the mechanism with an emphasis on OIC states. She provides expert submissions in the UN arena and has drafted a report to the Human Rights Committee on General Comment 36 dealing with the global standard on the right to life. She is regularly invited to present her research at national and international conferences, roundtables and seminars.