Salma Waheedi is an international lawyer and advocate focusing on gender justice, Islamic law, international development, business and human rights, and comparative constitutional law.
Most recently, she was a clinical advocacy fellow at the International Human Rights Clinic, with a joint appointment with Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, where her academic scholarship focused on constitutional jurisprudence in Islamic legal systems and movements for reform in Muslim family laws. Salma also practiced regulatory compliance law at Baker and McKenzie LLP and immigration law at the United African Organization in Chicago, and served as a clinical fellow at Yale Law School’s Transnational Development Project.
Prior to joining the legal profession, Salma served as Director of Economic Planning and Development at her native country Bahrain’s Economic Development Board. In that role, she managed economic reform projects and advised government organizations on a wide range of economic and trade policy issues and public-sector reform initiatives. She later worked as an investment and development strategy consultant to various government and non-government organizations and multinational corporations.
Salma received her JD from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and holds an MA in International Law and Government from Georgetown University, an MA in Comparative Politics of the Middle East from the American University, and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.