Aziza AhmedProfessor of Law
Emory University, BA 2000
Harvard University, MS 2003
University of California, Berkeley, JD 2007
Mail: 416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-3250
Fax: (617) 373-5056
Professor Ahmed is an internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law and human rights. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national law and policy with a focus on criminal laws that impact health. She teaches Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law: Governance, Development and Rights.
Professor Ahmed’s scholarship has appeared in the University of Miami Law Review, American Journal of Law and Medicine, University of Denver Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Boston University Law Review (online), and the American Journal of International Law (online), among other journals.
Prior to joining the School of Law, 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). Professor Ahmed has also consulted with various United Nations agencies and international and domestic non-governmental organizations.
Professor Ahmed was a member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has been an expert for many institutions, including the American Bar Association and UNDP. In 2016, she was appointed to serve a three-year term on the advisory board of the Northeastern University Humanities Center.
In addition to her BA and JD, Professor Ahmed holds an MS in population and international health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Fields of Expertise
- Civil Rights
- Comparative Law
- Development and the Law
- Domestic Violence
- Gender and the Law
- Health Law
- Human Rights
- International Law
- Public Health Law
- Reproductive Rights
- “Global Health Governance, Harm-Reduction, and Trafficking,” in Shaping the Definition of Trafficking in the Palermo Protocol, ed. P. Kotiswaran (forthcoming).
- “Adjudicating Risk: Aids, Crime, and Culpability,” 3 Wisconsin Law Review 627 (2016).
- “Criminal Laws on Sex Work and HIV: A Mapping,” 93 Denver University Law Review 355 (2016).
- “Trafficked? AIDS, Criminal Law and the Politics of Measurement,” 70 University of Miami Law Review 96 (2015).
- “'Exploitation Creep’ and Development: A Response to Janie Chuang,” American Journal of International Law Unbound (June 11, 2015).
- “Informed Decision Making and Abortion: Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Informed Consent, and the First Amendment,” 43 The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 51 (2015).
- “HIV, Violence Against Women, and the Criminal Law Interventions,” CUNY Law Review Footnotes Forum (December 7, 2014).
- “Medical Evidence and Expertise in Abortion Jurisprudence,” 41 American Journal of Law and Medicine 85 (2015).
- “Rugged Vaginas and Vulnerable Rectums: The Sexual Identity, Epidemiology, and Law of the Global HIV Epidemic,” 26 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 1 (2013).
- “USAID v. AOSI: A Victory for Sex Workers and Feminist Allies,” The Huffington Post (June 25, 2013).
- “‘We Have the Right Not to Be Rescued ...’: When Anti-Trafficking Programmes Undermine the Health and Well-Being of Sex Workers,” 1 Anti-Trafficking Review 149 (2012) (co-author).
- “Criminalising Consensual Sexual Behaviour in the Context of HIV: Consequences, Evidence and Leadership,” 6 Global Public Health 357 (2011) (co-author).
- “Feminism, Power and Sex Work in the Context of HIV/AIDS: Consequences for Women’s Health,” 34 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 226 (2011).
- “HIV and Women: Incongruent Policies, Criminal Consequences,” 6 Yale Journal of International Affairs 32 (2011).
- “Protecting HIV Positive Women’s Human’s Rights: Recommendations for the Obama Administration,” 17 Reproductive Health Matters 127 (2009) (co-author).
- “Answering the Millennium Call for the Right to Maternal Health: The Need to Eliminate User Fees,” 12 Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal 62 (2009) (co-author).
- “Dual Subordination: Muslim Sexuality in Secular and Religious Legal Discourse in India,” 7 Muslim World Journal of Human Rights 4 (2007).
- “No Way Out: The Dual Subordination of Muslim Women in Indian Legal Culture,” in Self-Determination and Women’s Rights in Muslim Societies, ed. C. Raghavan et al. (Brandeis University Press, 2012).
- "Reproductive Health Under Assault," HealthAffairs Blog (March 3, 2017)
- “3Qs: Supreme Court Strikes down Part of Texas Abortion Law,” news@Northeastern (June 29, 2016).
- “We Are Punishing Women For Their Abortions,” WGBH News (May 23, 2016) (co-author).
- “Anti-Choice ‘Science’: The Big Tobacco of Our Time,” RH Reality Check (November 13, 2014).
- “Preventing HIV: The Decriminalisation of Sex Work,” openDemocracy (August 11, 2014).
- “Green Light for Prostitution?” The Stream, Al-Jazeera (January 27, 2014).
- “Think Again: Prostitution,” Foreign Policy Magazine (January 19, 2014).
- “HIV Law and Stigma,” IAS Daily Bulletin (July 1, 2013).
- “Fighting the Urge to Profile in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Blasts,” All In With Chris Hayes, MSNBC (April 16, 2013).