Dr Amna Nazir
Lecturer in Law, Associate Director Centre for Human Rights
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Dr Amna Nazir is an interdisciplinary academic with research expertise in Islamic law and international human rights. She is the Associate Director of the School of Law’s Centre for Human Rights and holds an Editorship at Harvard Law School’s renowned Program in Islamic Law.
Amna is an alumna of the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham, and two prominent Islamic seminaries having received a traditional Islamic education spanning a decade. She was awarded doctoral funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the coveted Midlands3Cities DTP. As a recipient of this award, Amna received the rare privilege of undertaking interdisciplinary research across Birmingham City's School of Law and the University of Birmingham's School of Theology and Religion. Her work was selected as an impact case study by the Research Council and she also received the M3C Cultural Engagement Award for her contributions.
Amna’s research lies at the intersection of Islamic law and the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. She is contributing to the enhanced understanding of human dignity in Islam with a specific focus on the use of the death penalty and its engagement with international law. She has been invited by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to advise the British government on their strategy for bilateral engagement in death penalty cases and has held an advisory role to several NGOs.
At the international level, Amna has participated as a stakeholder in the UPR and continues to actively contribute to the mechanism with a particular emphasis on OIC states. She provides expert submissions and consultancy work 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.
Amna serves as the Chair for The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (TIMES) Forum at the University of Birmingham. The Forum enables scholarly exchange on the subject area and convenes an annual symposium for postgraduate researchers. Amna has also facilitated the world renowned ‘Birmingham Qur’an Manuscript’ project, a manuscript which was radiocarbon-dated as one of the earliest fragments of the Qur’an in the world. She received the select invitation to join the curator’s team and exhibit the work in the UAE, working with the British Council and the UAE Ministry of Culture & Knowledge as strategic partners.
As a lecturer in law, Amna has extensive experience of teaching across various levels and module design and development. She currently teaches final year law students the United Nations: Law and Practice module and convenes the Integrated Research Project module. She has also developed the postgraduate Islamic Legal Processes module which she convenes.