Amna Nazir is a Lecturer on the LLB programme and the School’s first academic with research expertise in Islamic Law. Amna is an alumna of both the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham. She is also a graduate of two Islamic seminaries having received a traditional Islamic education spanning a decade. She was awarded doctoral funding by the prestigious AHRC Midlands4Cities DTP, receiving the rare privilege of undertaking interdisciplinary research across two universities.
Amna’s research 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 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 NGOs such as Reprieve and SHRI.
At the international level, Amna has contributed to Sudan’s Universal Periodic Review (Geneva) and drafted a report to the UN Human Rights Committee on General Comment 36, providing technical advice to the United Nations body dealing with the global standard on the right to life. She has successfully presented her research at several conferences in the UK and abroad to a varied audience.
Amna serves on the Executive Committee for The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (TIMES) Forum, University of Birmingham. The Forum was founded with the aim of promoting and providing a platform for postgraduate research on Islam and the Middle Eastern world and organises an annual conference for postgraduate researchers. She has also contributed to the world famous ‘Birmingham Quran’ project and has been invited to act as an exhibition facilitator in the UAE.
As a Lecturer in Law, Amna is the module leader for LLB Dissertation and she also teaches Equity and Trusts (Level 6).