Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts. The Judge follows her journey. Film screening and discussion with the film’s Director, Erika Cohn, and Palestine legal historian Elizabeth Brownson.
Palestinian Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih became the first woman to be appointed to a Shari’a bench in the Middle East in 2009. The Judge follows her journey, from defending victims of domestic violence as a young lawyer, to her tenacious ability to maintain her position – showcasing the power of women’s leadership both inside and outside of the courtroom. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s Director, Erika Cohn, and Palestine legal historian Professor Elizabeth Brownson (University of Wisconsin Parkside), moderated by Salma Waheedi, Lecturer on Law, Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic, and Associate Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change.
Co-Sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Religious Literacy Project at the Harvard Divinity School, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.