Professor Ahmed is an expert in health law, human rights, property law, international law, and development.  Her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on issues of both domestic and international law.  She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development, and Rights.  In addition to this work, Professor Ahmed also examines challenges facing Muslim minority communities post 9/11.

Professor Ahmed holds a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley, an MS in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a BA from Emory University. Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Ahmed was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health Program on International Health and Human Rights. She came to that position after a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). At ICW Professor Ahmed engaged in numerous human rights projects pertaining to law and health.  Professor Ahmed has worked on legal issues in a variety of country contexts including South Africa, Namibia, India, the United States and the Caribbean, and has worked with various United Nations agencies and international and domestic non-governmental organizations.

Professor Ahmed served as an expert member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as an expert for the American Bar Association. She is on the board of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Professor Ahmed has been a peer referee for numerous publications including the Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Global Public Health, the Journal of the International AIDS Society, American Journal of Public Health, and the Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She has also served as a grants referee for several funding institutions.

Professor Ahmed has received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Northeastern University School of Law Health Law and Policy Seed Grant Initiative.

Fields of Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Comparative Law
  • Development and the Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Property
  • Public Health Law
  • Reproductive Rights

Selected Works

Selected Chapters

  • "No Way Out: The Dual Subordination of Muslim Women in Indian Legal Culture,” in Self-Determination and Women’s Rights in Muslim Societies, Chitra Raghavan & James P. Levine eds. (Brandeis University Press, 2012)

Selected Commentary