Doctor Amira Aftab

Doctor Amira Aftab

Director of Academic Program, First Year Law,
Dean's Unit - School of Law

Senior Lecturer,
School of Law


Amira Aftab is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law. She completed her PhD at Macquarie University Law School with a dissertation that explored gender, religion, and state institutions in the context of the Sharia debates in Australia, Canada, and Britain. Her research interests include gender in institutions, religion and the law, human rights (specifically women’s rights, and SOGI rights), discrimination law, and family law. Prior to joining WSU, Amira was a sessional lecturer at Macquarie University; in addition to working as a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. Amira was also a lead researcher on the ‘Is Australia Sexist?’ project and documentary funded by SBS and Macquarie University in 2018. Amira's current research is focused law and police responses to domestic and family violence. A current project (funded by a 2023 JMI Policy Grant in collaboration with a cross-institutional research team) explores the experiences of domestic and family violence during COVID19 lockdown within culturally and linguistically diverse, and faith-based communities. Another project examines the experiences DFV help-seeking amongst women on temporary visas in NSW.

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  • PhD Macquarie University


  • Criminal Justice
  • Feminist Theory
  • Human Rights Law
  • Religion and the Law
  • Discrimination and equality law
  • Family Law

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Law
  • School of Law


Location: Parramatta

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200010 Criminal Law, 2021
  • 200984 Government and Public Law, 2020
  • LAWS3083 Gender and the Law, 2022


Chapters in Books

  • Aftab, A. (2022), 'Muslim women's agency through a feminist institutionalist lens', Muslim Women and Agency: an Australian Context, Brill 9789004400573.
  • Couzens, M. and Aftab, A. (2021), 'La responsabilidad parental en Australia', La Responsabilidad Parental en el Derecho: Una Mirada Comparada, Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion 9786075521985.
  • Aftab, A. (2019), 'Religious accommodation in the secular state : the Sharia debates in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom', Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. Vol. 79, Emerald Publishing 9781789737288.

Journal Articles

  • Jones, B. and Aftab, A. (2023), '[In Press] Inside Indonesia's religious courts : an argument for domestic and family violence screening and exemption from compulsory mediation', Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, .
  • Aftab, A. (2019), 'Religious freedom and gender equality : the Sharia debates and gendered institutions in Australia and Britain', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 25, no 2 , pp 281 - 298.
  • Aftab, A. (2019), 'Book review : Headstrong Daughters', Queensland Review, vol 26, no 1 , pp 190 - 191.

Conference Papers

  • Aftab, A. (2015), 'Gender equality and the freedom to practise religion : Sharia law in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom', International Conference on Gender and "The Law", Izmir, Turkey.
  • Aftab, A. (2015), ''What's law got to do with it' : the potential for interdisciplinary feminist institutionalist analyses in political science', Australian Political Studies Association. Conference, Canberra, A.C.T..


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: An Assessment of Legal and Societal Responses to Reproductive Coercion in Australia
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: A Comparative Study On Cybercrime in Vietnam and Australia in the Post-COVID-19 Era: Nature, Key Trends, Barriers, and Legal Responses
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Between Subordination and Emancipation: Feminism, Constitutionalism, Radical Democracy
Field of Research:


Title: Dr. Amira Aftab on online abuse
Description: Online abuse experienced by minority women can feature racial insults as well as sexualised abuse.
Title: Dr. Amira Aftab on sexual street harassment
Description: How does sexual street harassment manifest itself in the lives of minority women?
Title: Dr. Amira Aftab on workplace harassment
Description: Dr Amira Aftab shares the challenges of minority women facing workplace harassment.
Title: The women we forget on International Women's Day
Description: To be truly powerful, International Women's Day needs to remember women at the grassroots.
Title: Why sexism is worse for women of colour
Description: For many women of colour, it's hard to tell where the sexism stops and the racism begins.
Title: What is the legacy of the fact many institutions were established by men?
Description: Dr Amira Aftab, lecturer at the School of Law University of Western Sydney talks about the gendered nature of the way our democratic institutions are structured.

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