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Dr Naheed Wali Ghauri

Visiting Scholar


Naheed Wali Ghauri completed her PhD at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London entitled: 'The Interaction of Islamic and UK Family Law in the UK's Shari'a Councils and the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal: A Practitioner's Insider Perspective' at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London and was considered to be highly original especially with regards to the field work. She qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales.

Her research interests are combined with practice as a qualified experienced solicitor in family law, family mediation (both within English and religious law) Muslim family law (Shari'a Councils and the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal) and international human rights law with particular focus on family dispute resolution, legal pluralism (weak, strong and complementary models), comparative legal systems, religious and secular laws, public international law, Islamic and Jewish family laws in connection with gender relations and egalitarian models emerging in both Islamic and Jewish laws, religious laws and the development of pluralistic-egalitarian models within family dispute resolution for civil family courts and Shari'a Councils. She explored medieval egalitarian methodology, in particular, within classical Sunni Islam and A'isha Bint Abi Bakr's egalitarian model.

She is also training to qualify as a mediator and writes opinions on Muslim family law and domestic abuse cases. Naheed is a Visiting Scholar at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. Her current research focuses on 'Muslim-Jewish encounters of gender inequality in religious family dispute resolution in the UK – emergence of egalitarian models' with reference to divorce and financial claims. Naheed is also a Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.

She has participated in many international and national conferences with renowned scholars and workshops at KARAMAH EU, Durham University, Leiden University, Cambridge University and Oxford University and London School of Economics. She is also a member of Netherlands inter-university School of Islamic Studies (Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS) and received numerous awards for presenting her work in Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey from NISIS.


Ghauri, N. and Z. Machteld (2015) Joint blog for a workshop (Leiden University), Shari'a Councils in the UK: Human Rights and/or Shari'a Law? 

Ghauri, N. (2014) Society of Legal Scholars Conference paper published (Nottingham University) Open Section A, 'The Qur'ānic Model – Praxiological Study of Religious Tribunals in the United Kingdom' [Available: SSRN Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World e-Journal]

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