Keynote Speaker

Hauwa Ibrahim, Human Rights Lawyer in Nigeria

We are very excited to announce our keynote speaker, Hauwa Ibrahim. Ms. Ibrahim’s personal journey is one of triumph and courage. Her interview with Frontline is available here. An important note: She was Amina Lawal’s (the Nigerian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery) lawyer.

About Hauwa Ibrahim

Hauwa Ibrahim is a senior partner at Aries Law Firm. Working as a lead attorney with a team devoted to the cause of human rights for women in Nigeria, she has won a number of precedent-setting cases before Islamic Shariah courts. Ibrahim has been a Visiting Professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and Stonehill College, a World Fellow at Yale University, a Radcliffe fellow, and a fellow at both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University.

Ibrahim adopted an interdisciplinary approach to delve into the theoretical foundations of Shariah law and examine how they have influenced legal practice, which has, in turn, affected the human rights of women in West Africa. Her research led to a book Manuscript, “Practicing Law in Shariah Courts: Seven Strategies,” which is currently with the American Bar Association for Publication.

The European Parliament presented Ibrahim with its 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which honors individuals or organizations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and freedoms. Ibrahim has earned an LLB and a master’s in international law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria; a BL for legal practice from Nigeria Law School; and a master’s of law degree in international studies at American University’s Washington College of Law. In addition, she has been awarded three honorary doctorates, as well as the Cavaliere Award, the Highest Human Rights Award from the Italian Government.