Mehrangiz Kar is a visiting scholar at the Washington College of Law at American University, where she currently lectures. An attorney, writer, and activist, she is conducting research on the promotion of democracy, rules of law, human rights, and women’s rights within the framework of Islamic law in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
During her Radcliffe fellowship, Kar will research the process of lawmaking and the delivery of a constitution for the Islamic Republic of Iran. By exploring events after the reform in 1997, she hopes to describe the possibilities and obstacles for democratic and human rights reform in Iran, both in theory and in practice.
Kar earned her degree in law from the University of Tehran and is a member of the bar association in Tehran, Iran. She has been a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow of the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies. She received the 2002 Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize, awarded jointly by the Human Rights Institute of the Bar of Bordeaux and the European Lawyers Union; the 2000 PEN/NOVIB Award of the International PEN Club in the Netherlands; and the 2000 Donna Dell’anno Award of the Conseil De Lavallee Consiglio Regionale Della Valle d’Aosta in Italy.