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Sahar Maranlou

Holy Family University, USA


Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Middle East Studies Sasakawa Programme

I received my PhD in Law at University of Warwick, prior to my arrival at Oxford as a post-doctoral fellow. I am mainly interested in access to justice, legal empowerment, human rights, Islamic Law and gender.

In my recent book ‘Access to Justice in Iran; Women, Perceptions and Reality’ (Cambridge, 2014) I have studied the historical development of the justice sector in Iran and discusses issues including the performance of the justice sector, judicial independence, efficiency and accessibility, and normative protection, together with an analysis of barriers. My book explores the legal empowerment of users, with a specific focus on women, and presents the findings of a survey study on the perceptions of Iranian women. This study is designed to focus on women's basic legal knowledge, their familiarity with legal procedure, perceptions of cultural barriers, issues that influence their preference for mechanisms of formal or alternative dispute solutions, and their level of satisfaction with their chosen courses of action. Before joining the academia, I have worked as consultant for a range of national and international organizations, including UNICEF and UNDP. I was a member of the steering committee for the Global Alliance of Justice Education (GAJE) and have taught Islamic law and international human rights at the University Warwick and the University of Brunel.

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