She has carried out field research in the Middle East and Afghanistan, focusing on the intersections between Islamic law, international human rights and humanitarian law, and post-conflict legal reform and speaks regularly in academic and professional circles on these topics. Her publications include policy and monitoring reports on the use of torture, the application of IHL, and Islamic law in post-war Afghanistan.
Ms. Modirzadeh received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her publications include, "Taking Islamic Law Seriously: INGOs and the Battle for Muslim Hearts and Minds," in the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Recent lectures and events include "Who's Afraid of Shari'a?: A Conversation about 'War, Law and Humanitarian Intervention' with Naz
Modirzadeh and Mahmood Mamdani."