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
  • Property
  • Public Health Law
  • Reproductive Rights

Selected Works

Selected Articles

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, ed. C. Raghavan et al. (Brandeis University Press, 2012).

Selected Commentary