Engy Abdelkader is an award-winning attorney and professor who teaches, writes and speaks about – while also serving on regional, national and international boards with an eye towards enhancing – human rights. She holds two U.S. law degrees including credentials the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
At Penn Law, her graduate thesis explored the intersection of women, law and Islam and her coursework focused on human rights, civil liberties and global security. She served as a teaching fellow, prevailed in a national writing competition sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law and graduated with academic distinction.
Abdelkader has since published legal scholarship in the Fordham International Law Journal, Asian American Law Journal at Berkley Law, University of Washington Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, among others.
Today, she serves as Assistant Director of The Bridge Initiative, a research project that connects the academic study of Islamophobia to the public square. Housed in the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Abdelkader also teaches related courses.
She serves as co-chair of the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee on Religious Freedom. She also works hard to protect, promote and advance freedom of religion or belief at home and around the world as an adviser with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and a member of the U.S. State Department Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.
At the ISPU, Abdelkader’s work examines the social, political and legal challenges confronting the Muslim community.
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School