The Leitner Center is pleased to announce that the 2020-21 recipient of the Vivian Leitner LLM Scholarship is Hijab Siddiqui, who joins us remotely from Pakistan. Hijab has rich experience working in human rights law in Pakistan, through capacity building, research, and policy development, while utilizing film and social media to create awareness on relevant issues. We are excited to have her as a part of the Leitner Center and broader Fordham Law School community.
In her work, Hijab has developed and conducted various trainings on international law and human rights for prosecutors, law enforcement, and media officials. She was a member of the core team that worked on developing the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights in Pakistan for the Ministry of Human Rights of Pakistan. As Research Associate and Communications Lead at the Research Society of International Law (RSIL), Pakistan, she worked on a wide range of projects with stakeholders including the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Development Programme, and the American Bar Association.
Hijab also contributed to a report on comprehensive gap analysis of Pakistan’s domestic compliance with its international human rights obligations for the Ministry of Human Rights. Before her work at RSIL, Hijab worked as a Research & Training Assistant on a project with the USAID’s Gender Equity Program, facilitating trainings on pro-women legislation for lawyers across Pakistan. She has also served as a lecturer for the International Protection of Human Rights at the Islamabad School of Law (Registered Centre for the University of London International Programmes). Additionally, Hijab has worked on various projects utilizing digital media and film to create awareness on crucial social issues and relevant legal redressal mechanisms. These include film festivals and trainings such as the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival, Izhar by Film Fellowship, and Women International Film Festival.
Hijab was actively involved in moot court competitions during law school and following graduation, successfully organizing the Pakistan Law Moot, helping to build the advocacy skills of law students from all over the nation. She has also served as a judge for various national and international moot court competitions such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition’s International Rounds.
Hijab holds an LLB (Hons.) from the University of London International Programmes.