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Afrooz Maghzi Visiting Fellow

Afrooz Maghzi is an Iranian lawyer, socio-legal researcher and human rights activist. Her focus is on multiculturalism and minority rights in Europe, gender inequality in Islamic criminal and family law, and social movements. Currently, she is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), Halle (Saale), Germany, and at the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE), Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen, Germany. Previously, Maghzi worked as a lawyer, researcher, and activist in Iran, Ireland, and Malaysia, cooperating with several civil society and international NGOs. She primarily endeavored to help victims and suspects in gender-related, political and family cases, often pro bono. She represented clients before the highest jurisdictions in Iran and cooperated with several human rights campaigns, notably the “One Million Signatures Campaign” to repeal discriminatory laws against women.

She recently completed her PhD in Religious and Customary-Based Non-State Justice at University of Halle-Wittenberg and the MPI (Germany). She holds an LLM from University College Dublin (Ireland), an LLM from Mazandaran University (Iran) and an LLB from Tehran University (Iran).

During her Fellowship, she will work on her current research project on the impact of transnational networking on legal advocacy in authoritarian settings, concentrating on cause lawyering in Iran.