Christina Jones-Pauly has a long-standing research interest in the renewal and adaptation of Islamic laws and local customs affecting property rights, gender interaction, human rights, and procedural aspects of adjudication. Her latest book is Access to Justice: Role of Court Administrators and Lay Adjudicators in the African and Islamic Contexts (Kluwer Law International, 2002).
As a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Jones-Pauly will write a book comparing the actual application of Islamic law in two Arab and two non-Arab cultures: Tunisia, Egypt, Pakistan, and South Africa. She will examine how the national political culture determines the differences in application of the law, particularly as it affects women and their human rights.
Jones-Pauly was awarded a Maguire Fellowship at Vassar and earned her PhD, with distinction, in comparative and Islamic law at the University of London. She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation for New East and African Studies Award, a Sheldon Fellowship at Harvard Law School, and, twice, German Association for Scientific Research grants. She has also been named Islamic Law Research Scholar at Harvard Law School.