Salma Waheedi specializes in international human rights law, Islamic law, gender justice, family law, comparative constitutional law, and refugee and asylum law. Prior to becoming a clinical instructor, she was a clinical fellow with the International Human Rights Clinic, with a joint appointment with Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, where she had worked as a researcher on reform strategies of Islamic family law and comparative judicial review in Muslim countries. She also practiced regulatory compliance law with Baker and McKenzie LLP, and served as a clinical fellow at Yale Law School’s Transnational Development Project and as an immigration law fellow at the United African Organization in Chicago.
Before entering the legal profession, Salma worked in her native country Bahrain as Economic Planning and Development Director at Bahrain’s Economic Development Board. In that role, she managed economic reform projects and advised government organizations on a wide range of economic policies and government sector reform initiatives. She also served as a strategy consultant to various government and non-government organizations and corporations in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Bangladesh on economic and social development projects.
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 Middle East Comparative Politics from the American University, and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.