Naz Modirzadeh

Naz Modirzadeh is a Senior Associate and Head of Policy at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, where she oversees the international humanitarian law and Middle East portfolios.  Ms. Modirzadeh has led HPCR trainings and workshops for humanitarian professionals around the world, including in OPT, Afghanistan, Jordan, and throughout Europe. Ms. Modirzadeh previously worked for Human Rights Watch, and later served as Assistant Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Law graduate program at the American University in Cairo.

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."