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Engy Abdelkader is an award-winning attorney holding 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, her graduate thesis explored the intersection of Islamic law and women's rights. And, her coursework focused on civil liberties, human rights and security. Notably, her studies culminated in legal scholarship published in academic journals that she continues to build on.

Today, Ms. Abdelkader teaches international human rights, and she serves on or helps lead several global, national and regional legal institutions and nonprofit organizations. 

Beginning in 2013, she joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an adviser on international religious freedom. She has collaborated with the Council of Europe, made related recommendations, participated in conferences, reviewed Member States' laws and policies, and shared gender related insights on a Partner State's draft constitution post-'Arab Spring'. 

Ms. Abdelkader also serves on the U.S. State Department's Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. She is the recipient of a Speaker and Specialist Grant awarded by the State Department in gender, human rights and Islam. The grant is given by invitation only to American experts in a particular field to present lectures and conduct workshops and seminars for audiences sponsored by U.S. Consulates. 

As past chair of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Committee on National Security and Civil Liberties, a part of the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, she engaged in policy analysis and designed cutting edge legal educational programs on 'hot button' issues of the day. During her chairmanship, the Committee received the 2014 Committee Excellence Award for providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties and social justice.

The Committee's activities largely inspired the creation of a new ABA IRR committee on religious freedom that Ms. Abdelkader now co-chairs.

She is an appointed member of the Rutgers University graduate faculty where she teaches courses on international human rights and global women's rights for its MA program in United Nations and Global Policy Studies. 

She also serves as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey State Bar Foundation Respect Newsletter Editorial Advisory Board, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, New Jersey State Bar Association Blue Ribbon Commission on Unmet Legal Needs and the New Jersey State Bar Association Membership Committee. 

See Ms. Abdelkader's SSRN author page here.


J.D., Rutgers University School of Law LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School


American Muslims , Civil Rights , Immigration , Muslim Women , Arab Americans , Civil Liberties , Cultural Competency , Human Rights , Islamophobia , National Security , Islam and Democracy


Current Location
New Jersey