Skip to content


News Posted on January 23, 2014

Professor Bennoune Advises UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women

Professor Karima Bennoune has been invited to provide expert input to the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice, a Special Procedure established by the Human Rights Council in September 2010. 

The Working Group seeks, in accordance with its mandate, to elucidate good practices that have been transformative in relation to eliminating discrimination against women in law and in practice, ways and means to implement and improve existing legislation on equality and human rights, and to achieve greater empowerment for women.  Professor Bennoune participated in a January 21 meeting in New York City in order to provide guidance on the Working Group's new thematic priority as it embarks on researching discrimination in family and cultural life.

Karima Bennoune is an author, lecturer, teacher, and international law scholar as well as the first Arab-American to be honored with the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools. She joined the King Hall faculty from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 2012. Her book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, was published by Norton in 2013.