Dr. Leila Alikarami

Iranian human rights lawyer

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Iran
Based in London


Current Occupation: Iranian human rights lawyer
Organization/Institution: Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS, University of London
Language: English, Persian

Dr. Leila Alikarami (@lalikarami) is a lawyer, human rights advocate and associate member of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London. In 2006, Leila worked with fellow activists to launch the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality to end legal discrimination against Iranian women. She was honoured by the European Union as a 2016 Sakharov Fellow in human rights and received the Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2009 from Reach All Women in War.

As an advocate and lawyer, Leila works to change discriminatory laws against women. Leila grew up in Tehran, Iran. Now living outside of Iran, Leila works to raise awareness of the injustices faced by women in Iran and the Middle East. She has written several academic books and articles on legal issues in Iran. Her opinion pieces have been published widely worldwide. Her book Women and Equality in Iran : Law, Society and Activism was published in 2019 in hardback and in 2021 in paperback. Leila obtained her law degree from University of Tehran and her PhD from SOAS, University of London.