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Professor Roja Fazaeli

Deputy Chairperson
Front Line Defenders

Roja Fazaeli is Established Professor of Law and Islamic Studies at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, University of Galway. Professor Fazaeli has published widely on the subjects of women's rights in Iran, the relationship between human rights and religion, women religious authorities, and Islamic feminisms. She was previously Professor in Islamic Civilisations at Trinity College Dublin. As the recipient of a European Research Council Consolidator Grant she is the principal investigator of a five-year project (2023-2028) on Building Conceptual and Methodological Expertise for the Study of Gender, Agency, and Authority in Islam (BILQIS). Professor Fazaeli is a member of a Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions funded project investigating the nature of hate in society (NETHATE).  

She is currently deputy chairperson of the Front Line Defenders Board, and additionally serves as the chairperson of the board of directors of the Immigrant Council of Ireland and a member of the board of directors for Scholars at Risk Europe and Iran Academia.