Lecturer on Law
Associate Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program
Salma M. Waheedi is Associate Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, a Lecturer on Law, and a Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic. Her research interests include comparative constitutional law, Islamic law in contemporary societies, minority rights, and law and economic development. In the Clinic, she supervises and trains students on legal and policy advocacy projects with a focus on accountability and the rule of law, gender justice, family law reform, economic and social rights, and business and human rights. She has extensive experience in the Middle East and North Africa, having engaged in public policy advising and project management across that region for over a decade.
Waheedi practiced international commercial law and corporate compliance law and advised various government and private sector entities on anti-corruption measures, foreign investment regulatory frameworks, land management, social welfare policies, and gender equality. Before joining the legal profession, she served as Director of Economic Planning and Development at the Economic Development Board of her native country Bahrain. In that role, she developed and managed economic reform projects focused on public sector restructuring, economic diversification, and private sector growth and helped shape key national economic and social policies. She also held positions as an international trade negotiator, management consultant in the energy sector, and Middle East political researcher and analyst.
She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. with honors from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She also holds an M.A. in Government and International Law from Georgetown University and an M.A. in International Affairs (Middle East) from American University. She is a member of the New York State Bar and is fluent in Arabic and speaks Italian and French.