Engy Abdelkader is a legal scholar with two U.S. law degrees
including credentials from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she
served as a Teaching Fellow and graduated with academic distinction.
At Penn Law, Ms. Abdelkader’s graduate law thesis explored
the status of gender rights in Muslim majority societies by analyzing the
contemporary experiences of female judges.
Her research will be published in the forthcoming volume of The Fordham International Law Journal.
Ms. Abdelkader’s graduate coursework focused on civil
liberties, human rights and security. Her
studies culminated in cutting edge scholarship, including ‘Savagery’ in the Subways: Anti-Muslim Ads, The First Amendment and the
Efficacy of Counterspeech, forthcoming from The
Asian American Law Journal at Berkley Law and The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar: Past, Present and Future to be
published by The Oregon Review of
Beginning in 2013, Ms. Abdelkader joined the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an expert on religious
freedom. As an OSCE expert, she collaborates
with members of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice
Commission) and recently offered her insights on a country's draft constitution
post 'Arab Spring.’
Also in 2013, the U.S. Department of State awarded Ms.
Abdelkader a Speaker and Specialist Grant recognizing her expertise in gender rights,
human rights and religion. The grant is
given by invitation only to American experts in a particular field to present
lectures, serve as consultants and teach workshops and seminars for
international audiences sponsored by U.S. Consulates.
Ms. Abdelkader is an appointed member of the New Jersey
Supreme Court Board on Continuing Legal Education and she also chairs the American
Bar Association’s (ABA) Coordinating Committee on National Security and Civil Liberties with
the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.
J.D., Rutgers University School of Law
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School