SOAS University of London

School of Law

Nazifa Haqpal


Nazifa Haqpal
Nazifa Haqpal
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Thesis title:
Securing Women’s Rights: A Critical Analysis of the Legal and Institutional Initiatives in the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Post-2001 Afghanistan
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Nazifa Haqpal is a former Afghan diplomat and a development practitioner. She has worked in key positions with the Afghan government and international organisations including UNAMA (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) and ActionAid Afghanistan team. Her roles hugely revolved around advocacy, research, diplomacy, policy-making and strategic communication with diverse and multilateral stakeholders including UK and US governments. Her interest in social justice, social transformation through state-building, peacebuilding, promotion of human rights, and empowerment of women, stems from her intuition and apprehension of socio-cultural issues of Afghan society.

Nazifa has obtained her LLB in law and politics from the Law and Political Science faculty of Kabul University, and a master’s degree in International Security and Diplomacy from the University of East Anglia-UK.

In addition to her academic qualifications, she has participated and attended several international training programs and conferences in and outside Afghanistan e.g Executive Seminars on security and national interest in National Défense University Washington DC, Foreign Service Institute of US Depart of State, UK houses of Parliament, etc. She also appears in Afghani and international media outlets such as BBC World News, BBC Pashto and VOA Pashto.

PhD Research

Nazifa’s interest to conduct this research not only stems from her personal and professional interest, but also from her experience in working in and advocating for women’s rights in post-2001 Afghanistan. Her research aims to critically assess and examine the success and the failure of legal and institutional initiatives for securing the rights of women, particularly efforts in the elimination of violence against women. The thesis approaches this topic from the perspectives of gender, law and development, focusing on the intersection between the key thematic issues of international human rights, the sharia and customary laws. The thesis employs legal doctrinal, legal historiography and socio-legal methodologies.