Speaker: Nurhalida Mohamed Khalil, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya and Visiting Fellow, City Law School
Chair: Andrew Wolman, City Law School, International Law and Affairs Group
Location: A227, College Building, City, University of London, 280 St John St, London, EC1V 0HB
The purveyors of human rights tend to argue that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile Islam and the Syariah with the human rights contemplated by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 (UDHR). The preceding argument is premised on a two-tier presupposition that underpins the following:
- Assuming that a conflict exists between the Syariah and the UDHR; the supremacy of norms based on the UDHR, over norms based on the Syariah, and
- The understanding that the universal human rights order in the UDHR is secular in nature, in terms of the total separation between religion and the state.
This presentation is based on an on-going research that examines:
- Whether the UDHR is a culture unto itself.
- The implications posed by Islam and the Syariah on the UDHR.
- The inextricable bond between Islam, the Syariah and human duties.
- The role of human duties, which are synonymous in Islam and the Syariah, as an interface with the UDHR.
- How the Syariah may be applied to enhance and to protect the human rights of all individuals, for Muslims and non-Muslims, in Malaysia.
About the Speaker
Nurhalida Mohamed Khalil is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya in Malaysia, where she has been lecturing since 1992, on the subject matter of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Public International Law and Constitutional Law.
She was appointed Deputy Dean of Student Affairs and Alumni at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, for the period February 2010 to August 2010.
She was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia from August 2010 to August 2015 where she was Principal Assistant Secretary of the Research, Treaties and International Law Department and subsequently, Principal Assistant Secretary of the Human Rights and Humanities Division of the Department of Multilateral Affairs.
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