Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, with Karima Bennoune

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WHO: Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law, UC-Davis School of Law
WHAT: Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism*
WHERE: Eggers Hall 060 (Global Collaboratory)
WHEN: April 10, 2014 | noon
CO-SPONSOR: Middle East Studies Program

*Copies of Bennoune’s book will be on sale at the SU Bookstore, with a 20% discount. Signed copies will be available while stock lasts after April 10, 2014.

[/infobox] Karima_BennouneKarima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law.

The author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, she writes about Mahfoud Bennoune, her father, who was an outspoken professor at the University of Algiers. He faced death threats during the 1990s but continued speaking out against fundamentalism and terrorism. Bennoune set out to meet people who are today doing what her father did, to try to garner for them greater international support than Algerian democrats received during the 1990s.

Bennoune has served as a Center for Women’s Global Leadership delegate to the NGO Forum at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China; as a legal adviser at Amnesty International; and as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where she won the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in teaching.

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply HereBennoune also has been a consultant on human rights issues for the International Council on Human Rights Policy, the Soros Foundation, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, and for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Her human rights field missions have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Korea, southern Thailand, and Tunisia. In 2009-2010, she was one of a group of international experts assembled by Leiden University, under the auspices of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, to develop policy recommendations on counterterrorism and international law.

In February 2011 she traveled to Algeria to serve as an observer at pro-democracy protests with the support of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, and in October 2011, she volunteered as an election observer during the Tunisian constituent assembly elections with Gender Concerns International.

Her publications have appeared in many leading academic journals, including the American Journal of International Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the European Journal of International Law, and the Michigan Journal of International Law. Her article, “Terror/Torture,” was designated one of the top 10 global security law review articles of 2008 by Oxford University Press.

In 2007, Bennoune became the first Arab-American to win the Derrick Bell Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups. She has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.

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