Rana Lehr-Lehnardt, a visiting associate professor, focuses her work and research on international human rights issues, with an emphasis on family law under sharia (Islamic law), general women’s rights and issues of freedom of religion and belief.
Professor Lehr-Lehnardt earned her master of laws (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, with an emphasis in international human rights law. She graduated magna cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Law. While obtaining her law degree, Professor Lehr-Lehnardt was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Award (2002) for motivation, tenacity, academic achievement, and contributing “to the advancement of women in society.”
Professor Lehr-Lehnardt was the legal adviser and coordinator for the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the American Civil Liberties Union. She was also a researcher for the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion and Belief, where she edited an online anthology of tolerance stories to be used in classrooms. Professor Lehr-Lehnardt’s human rights experiences are diverse, ranging from creating a domestic violence program with a Bosnian NGO to promoting the family in United Nations documents.
Areas of expertise
Human rights, freedom of religion, Islamic law