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Guest post by Louise Dear

International Law Observer is glad to announce a guest post by Louise Dear.

Louise Dear is a Ph.D. candidate at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, working on human rights and Islamic law in the UK. She formerly worked as research associate for the United Nations Development Programme in Ramallah, as legal intern for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, and as research assistant for the Women’s Protection Unit of the Human Rights Commission in Kabul. Louise holds an L.L.M. in international human rights law cross borders from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Queen’s University, Belfast; an M.A. in post-war recovery studies from the University of York; and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Glasgow.

In her guest post, which reflects on the recent conference by the Salzburg Global Seminar on Islamic and International Law, Louise presents some of her thoughts and ideas post-conference and summarizes some of the highlights from the discussions in the sessions. Her report back on the conference serves as a prelude to the publication of a book on this topic in the coming months.

Her contact details are: Louise Dear, MA (Hons) MA LLM, DPhil Candidate, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, Address: St Antony’s College, 62 Woodstock Road, University of Oxford, UK OX2 6JF, Email:

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