UCL Faculty of Laws


Aleisha Ebrahimi

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Aleisha joined the Faculty of Laws in 2018. Her research focuses on gender equality and legislative attempts to eradicate Gender Based Violence as a matter of international human rights law. Aleisha’s work combines doctrinal and empirical methodologies, in order to consider the effect of law on society. Tunisia’s recent gender equality legislation serves as a case study within the context of the post-Arab Spring era.  

As part of her broader work on gender, Aleisha also researches and writes on the complexities of domestic abuse, the intersection between women’s and children’s rights, and refugees. Her research on gender and law is supported by a UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship, the UCL Joseph Hume Scholarship and the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship (awarded for both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021).  

Aleisha is a Family Law Associate Lecturer (Teaching) at UCL’s Faculty of Laws and a Visiting Fellow at Sciences Po in Paris, France. She holds an LLB in European Law, having studied in both Paris, France, for a Licence en Droit Européen, and the UK. She also holds an LLM in Transnational Law (Distinction) from King’s College London. She was Called to the Bar as a Lord Lowry scholar and is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.  
Aleisha is presently on a career break from Her Majesty’s Government, in order to undertake her PhD research. Prior, Aleisha was at Amnesty International and worked on the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and before this was at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in London during the peak of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2013.   

As part of pro bono efforts, Aleisha is on the Executive Committee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and is head of the Student Protection Project. She regularly acts as lead draft for submissions to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. Her work for Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights has been relied upon and referred to by the United Nations Human Rights Council and Human Rights Watch. Aleisha is also on the Board of Trustees for the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation.  

Research Supervisors

Areas of Expertise

Children's Rights, Family Law, Gender, Human Rights, Public Law and Refugee Law 

Visiting Fellowships

  • Sciences Po, Faculty of Law, Paris 2020-21

UCL Associations/Academic and Professional Memberships

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Member of Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • UCL Journal of Law & Jurisprudence
  • Co-editor of Journal of International Women's Studies 2021 special edition

Professional Experience

  • 2015 – present United Kingdom Government.
  • 2014 – 2015 Amnesty International.
  • 2013 – 2014 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Public Engagements & Media Coverage

  • ‘Economic violence: structural inequality, gendered barriers to the labour force and devaluation and dependency’ Socio-Legal Studies Association conference, Cardiff 2021. 
  • 'Refugee Mother and Child: the Legal Dyad’ Gender and Sexuality Conference 2020 (online). Award for best presentation received.
  • 'Analysing Infant Feeding in Refugee Camps as a Matter of International Human Rights Law' World Conference on Women's Studies, Sri Lanka 2020 (online). 
  • ‘Addressing Gender Based Violence with Islamic Feminism’ Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East Conference, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London 2020.
  • ‘Gender Based Violence in the Middle East and North Africa’ Gender & Women’s Studies conference, Malaysia 2019.
  • ‘The role of UN Resolution 1325 in eradicating Gender Based Violence: achieving gender equality through Transitional Justice’ World Conference on Women’s Studies, Thailand 2019.



  • Ebrahimi A, ‘Breastfeeding in Refugee Camps: A Child and Maternal Right?’ (2021) 21 Human Rights Law Review 533 DOI 
  • Ebrahimi A, ‘Reintegrating FARC’s female combatants: the challenges of addressing gender binaries in Transitional Justice’ Birkbeck Law Review Vol 6, No. 1 (2018) 79-109 DOI 

Book Chapters

  • Suteu S and Ebrahimi A, 'Participatory Constitution-Making and Women's Rights: Two Distinctive Agendas?' in Brodeala E, Motoc I, Jelic I, Suteu S (eds), Women’s Human Rights in the 21st Century: Developments and Challenges in International and European Law (Edward Elgar 2021, forthcoming)  

Edited Volumes

  • Ebrahimi A, 'Introduction to the Special Issue: Overcoming Women’s Subordination: Socialisation, Law and Structural Inequalities. The 6th World Conference on Women’s Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 29-31 May 2020', in A Ebrahimi, D Fox and C Sanderson (eds) Journal of International Women's Studies (2021) 22(4). DOI

Book Reviews

  • Ebrahimi, A. (2021), Campbell, Meghan, Women, Poverty, Equality: The Role of CEDAW, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2018, 328pp, eBook £27.00. The Modern Law Review DOI