Dr Nora Jaber
Lecturer in Law
Nora Jaber joined Exeter law school in 2021. She holds an LLB from King' College London, an LLM in Public International Law from the London School in Economics, and a PhD in Law from King's College London. Nora's research focuses primarily on the role and limitations of international human rights law in achieving gender justice in non-Western contexts, with a focus on women's rights in the Middle East. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the 2022 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for best dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities.
Nora currently teaches Criminal Law and Constitutional and Administrative Law. Before joining Exeter law school, Nora taught an LLM module on International Human Rights Law as well as undergraduate modules on politics and gender in the Middle East.
Nora's research lies within the field of public international law and focuses on the role and limitations of International human rights law ('IHRL') in promoting gender justice in non-Western contexts, with a focus on the Middle East. It captures and centres non-Western/non-liberal rights discourses and epistemologies that are largrly overlooked in legal scholarship and IHRL and practice.
Nora's work is socio-legal and interdisciplinary. It combines doctrinal legal analysis with theories and qualitative empirical methods, and draws on critical legal scholarship, including Third World Approaches to International Law and Feminist Legal Theory.
Her award-winning (BRISMES 2022) doctoral thesis assessed women’s rights advocates’ engagement with IHRL in calling for gender reform in Saudi Arabia. It evaluated the significance, utility, and suitability of IHRL as a tool towards the achievement of domestic legal reform, especially when analysed in relation to alternative local normative and legal frameworks.
External impact and engagement
Nora regularly delivers presentations about her research to various academic and non-academic audiences, including at academic conferences, before the European Parliament, and as part of Widening Participation programmes in the UK.