Delaram Farzaneh

Dr. Delaram Farzaneh is the current Vivian G. Prins Scholar at Risk Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Law in Iran. After coming to the United States, she has received her first LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) in Comparative Law, and a second LL.M. and an S.J.D. degree (Doctor of Juridical Science) in International Legal Studies. She has published an article, “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: A Brief History of Legal Discriminations against Women in Iran, and the Violations of International Human Rights” in the peer reviewed law journal Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law in 2014. Her S.J.D. dissertation, which is about to get published as a scholarly book, extensively analyzes the compelling issue of banning women from judgeship positions in Iran from a historical, legal, Islamic jurisprudence, and international human rights perspective. The scope of her dissertation also includes a detailed history of women’s fundamental rights in Iran from ancient through modern times, and a comparison with women as judges in the United States.

Dr. Farzaneh is currently a researcher of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region of the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice (UNWGDAW) that was established by the Human Rights Council in 2010. As part of her ongoing research, she will be working on study on “good practice” related to the elimination of de jure and de facto discrimination against women and empowering women in the MENA region. Dr. Farzaneh previously worked for two NGOs on issues of political prisoners, torture and international human rights treaty obligations. Since the pervasive and systematic discrimination against women in Iran today is alarming, and despite all international pressure Iran still continues to resist eliminating its discriminatory practices against women, while at NYU Dr. Farzaneh will examine the Universal Periodic Review mechanism as it relates to women’s rights in Iran.


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