Maha Kamal - Sharia Law’s Incompatibility With Modern Times

Friday, July 10th 2015 at 7:00 pm
Friday, July 10th 2015 at 8:30 pm
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Maha Kamal — Sharia Law's Incompatability With Modern Times: The Case Against the Universal Relativity of Human Rights 

Saudi Arabia's cruel and unusual punishment of the blogger Raif Badawi highlights an ongoing clash between international standards of human rights and the theocratic state. Kamal argues that because human rights are governed by the theory of relative universality, theocratic jurisprudence such as Sharia law is not only incompatible with such principles, but is in direct violation of them. As such, it is the duty of states who have embraced international human rights law to employ a zero-tolerance policy towards those states who refuse to do so. Kamal envisions this zero-tolerance policy to be implemented in the form of sanctions, censure, or even indictment of key heads of state by an international tribunal dedicated to the enforcement of international human rights law.

Maha Kamal, Esq. is a Pakistani-American law graduate from the University of Denver (Sturm College of Law). Prior to law school, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs (specializing in Western Europe and European Union Politics). She also worked as a legal intern at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2013. Maha is an active member of the ex-Muslim communities in the US, Canada, and the UK. Her personal story about disownment by her religious family was featured on BBC Radio 4 in November 2013. She is an outspoken critic of religion and the institutionalization of religion and other dogmatic belief systems. Maha currently practices law in Colorado, where she works as an associate attorney with a Denver-based family law firm. She also works on a volunteer basis on legal projects concerning international criminal law and international humanitarian law. She has a keen interest in studying the conflict between religious states, non-governmental organizations, and international law. Maha is also in the process of publishing her first children’s book, entitled The Book of BIG Questions (Kickstarter). The book is intended for freethinking parents who want to engage their children in thoughtful discussions about life and the Universe.

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