Hauwa Ibrahim is a Nigerian human rights lawyer known for her distinguished pro bono defense work as a senior partner at Aries Law Firm in Abuja, Nigeria. Her primary focus is on protecting women’s rights and advocating against religious fundamentalism. Ibrahim has represented many women and children accused of adultery under Shariah law. She gained international recognition as the lawyer for Amina Lawal, Safiya Hussaini, and Hafsatu Abukabar, women sentenced to death by stoning for having children out of wedlock. She has also represented several young boys sentenced to amputation for theft. Ibrahim was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Human Rights in 2005. She has taught at Saint Louis University School of Law and Stonehill College, and was a World Fellow at Yale University. After researching and writing on Sharia law and women’s rights as a Radcliffe fellow, Ibrahim taught and researched at Harvard as a fellow for both the Human Rights Program and the Islamic Legal Studies Program. She was also a research associate for the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at the Harvard Divinity School for the 2012-2013 academic year. She is the author of “Practicing Sharia Law: Seven Strategies for Achieving Justice in Sharia Courts,” published through the American Bar Association last year.
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