Nazila Ghanea

University of Oxford, Associate Professor

Nazila Ghanea is an Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and is a member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on freedom of religion or belief. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, on the Board of Governors of the Universal Rights Group and is an Associate Director of Oxford Human Rights Hub. She has authored, co-authored and edited a number of academic and United Nations publications including: Religion or Belief, Discrimination and Equality: Britain in Global Contexts; Does God Believe in Human Rights; Preaching and Practising: Freedom of religion or belief in the Commonwealth; Are Religious Minorities Really Minorities?; and Human Rights, the UN and the Bahá'ís in Iran. She is co-author along with Heiner Bielefeldt and Michael Wiener of the Oxford University Press publication on Freedom of Religion or Belief.


Foundation Update

Case Study: Iran: Building Consensus Against Intolerance

When it is reference to religion that is used to violate human rights, it might seem that religion itself should be the last recourse in the search for common ground upon which reconciliation can be based. But the stance of an Islamic cleric in Iran towards the Bahá'í community offers an example of how, in countries where universal human rights standards have little local resonance, appeals for tolerance based on religion can help break the deadlock. The domestication of rights and rights language, particularly in reference to religion, can help to curb intolerance and sectarianism, writes Nazila Ghanea for our Global Perspectives Series.

06 May 2015

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