Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law
Associate Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change
Salma M. Waheedi is a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at the Human Rights Program. She is also Associate Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change at Harvard Law School.
Salma’s work focuses primarily on the Middle East and North Africa region. In the International Human Rights Clinic, she supervises and trains students on legal and policy advocacy projects with a focus on accountability and the rule of law, gender justice, family law reform, civil society capacity building, and business and human rights. Her research interests include comparative constitutional law, Islamic law in contemporary societies, Islam and human rights, and law and economic development.
Salma practiced international commercial law and corporate compliance law and advised various government and private sector entities on anti-corruption measures, foreign investment regulatory frameworks, land management, social welfare policies, and gender equality. Before joining the legal profession, she served as Director of Economic Planning and Development at the Economic Development Board of her native country Bahrain. In that role, she developed and managed economic reform projects focused on public sector restructuring, economic diversification, and private sector growth and helped shape key national economic and social policies. She also held positions as an international trade negotiator, management consultant in the energy sector, and Middle East political researcher and analyst.
She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. with honors from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She also holds an M.A. in Government and International Law from Georgetown University and an M.A. in International Affairs (Middle East) from American University. She is a member of the New York State Bar and is fluent in Arabic and speaks Italian and French.
Reports and Briefs
Mapping Muslim Family Laws Globally: Overview of Muslim Family Laws in 31 Countries (Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family, March 2018)
Thematic Report on Muslim Family Law and Muslim Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia (Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family, February 2018)
Joint Report on Article 16, Muslim Family Law, and Muslim Women’s Rights in Kuwait (Abolish Article 153, Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family, November 2017).
Thematic Report on Article 16, Muslim Family Law, and Muslim Women’s Rights in Oman (Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family, October 2017).
Thematic Report on Article 16 & Muslim Family Law: Nigeria (Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family, July 2017).
Fulfilling U.S. Commitment to Refugee Resettlement: Protecting Refugees, Preserving National Security & Building the U.S. Economy through Refugee Admissions (Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, May 2017).
Human Rights Violations Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) People in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: A Shadow Report (Subversive Front, Coalition Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities, Center for International Human Rights of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights: Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights, June 2015).
Human Rights Violations Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People in Liberia: A Shadow Report on Liberia’s Compliance with African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Stop AIDS in Liberia, Association of Liberian People Living with HIV and AIDS, Liberian Initiative for the Promotion of Rights, Identity and Diversity, Liberian Women Empowerment Network, Action Aid Liberia, Initiative for Equal Rights, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern Pritzker University School of Law, and the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights: Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights, April 2014).
Law and Regulation for the Reduction of Risk from Natural Disasters in the State of Louisiana, United States of America (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, December 2012).
Arab Political Systems: Baseline Information and Reforms (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, FRIDE, March 2008).
Arab Reform Bulletin (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Issues 5(7) – 6(3), September 2007 – April 2008).
Articles and Chapters
“The Ambitions of Muslim Family Law Reform,” Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (Volume 41: Summer 2018) Co-authors: Kristen Stilt and Swathi Gandhavadi Griffin.
“Judicial Review in the Context of Constitutional Islam” in Comparative Judicial Review (Erin F. Delaney & Rosalind Dixon eds., 2018) Co-author: Kristen Stilt.
“Constitutions of Arab Gulf States: Between the Welfare State and the Democratic State” (Arabic) in Gulf 2013: The Constant and the Changing (Omar Al-Shehabi ed., Gulf Center for Development Policies, 2013).
“Mauritania: Fragility of a New Democracy,” Arab Reform Bulletin, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Volume 5, Issue 10, December 2007).