Dr Fatima Ahdash

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Law
Email f.ahdash (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Fatima Ahdash

Fatima is a Lecturer in Law, specialising in counter-terrorism, family law and human rights, and their recent interaction with each other. Her work is interdisciplinary, socio-legal and critical, drawing on feminist legal theory, social theory and critical terrorism studies.

Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Fatima taught family law, international human rights law and legal writing and research skills at the London School of Economics (LSE). She has undertaken her doctoral research at the LSE, and was awarded the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship for 2019-2020. Fatima holds an LLM in Human Rights Law and an LLB which were also obtained from the LSE. She has worked for a number of human rights organisations as a research fellow and/or a consultant including Reprieve, the British Institute of Human Rights, the Equal Rights Trust and Rights and Security International.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, LSE 2020
  • LLM, LSE 2016
  • LLB, LSE 2013
  • PGcert HE, LSE 2018

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Fatima’s research focuses on the recent interaction between family law and counter-terrorism in the UK, interrogating an emerging category of family case-law known as the “radicalisation cases” which deal with the impact of terrorism, extremism and radicalisation on children and families. Using a combination of socio-legal research methods, feminist legal theory, critical terrorism studies and social theory, her research critically examines the nature of, reasons behind and the (human rights) implications of this recent interaction.

Fatima’s research is critical and interdisciplinary, drawing on critical sociology, feminist international relations and critical race studies. Her articles have appeared in a number of prestigious and internationally recognised journals and have been cited by the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, the former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Fatima served as assistant editor for the Equal Rights Review and has acted as a peer-reviewer for the Child and Family Law Quarterly.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Fatima has been a researcher with a number of human rights organisations including the Security and Rights International and the Equal Rights Trust.

Grants and awards

2019: Modern Law Review

Research Supervision

I am willing to supervise LLM and PhD students in the following areas:

  • Counter-Terrorism Law and Policy, including PREVENT
  • Family Law and Policy (UK focus).
  • International/ UK Human Rights Law.