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Ruba Ali Al-Hassani

Iraqi-Canadian Socio-Legal Academic & Advocate, 

Ruba Ali Al-Hassani is a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, with a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Media/Médias

Protesters in Boston denounce President Trump's immigration ban

Press TV, January 29, 2017Television

URL: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5a0dvh

Interview with Press TV, where the Trump administration immigration/Muslim ban was discussed

Multi-faith groups in Canada form protective rings around mosques

Press TV, February 4, 2017Television

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SjnEPkkDgA

An interview with Press TV, where the aftermath of the Quebec mosque shooting was discussed.

Nearly 35,000 Civilians Displaced from Mosul (Iraq)

Press TV, March 3, 2017Television

URL: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5e7avf

Interview with Press TV, where the displacement of thousands of civilians from Mosul, Iraq, is discussed.

Iraq defending whole world against Daesh with Mosul push: Jaafari

Press TV, October 19, 2016Television

URL: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4y0iz4_iraq-defending-whole-world-against-daesh-with-mosul-push-jaafari_news

An interview with Press TV, in which the Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul from ISIS was discussed.

Iraqi PM: Battle for Mosul enters final stage

Press TV, March 18, 2017Television

URL: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5f3hvi

An interview with Press TV discussed the final stages of the Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul from ISIS.

Demonstrations turn ugly in Washington DC

Press TV, January 20, 2017Television

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPmMQ7FJl80

An interview with Press TV, which discussed Donald Trump's inauguration, and hate crimes/rhetoric across the US and Canada.

Vancouver's Co-op Radio 100.5 FM, May 2, 2016Radio/Podcast

An interview on behalf of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law with Vancouver's Co-op Radio discussed the Environics Survey of Muslims in Canada, as well as Muslim sentiments regarding discrimination, representation, and identity.

BBC World Service Radio, July 4, 2016Radio/Podcast

URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03zlc0l

An interview with BBC World Service Radio discusses the tragic bombing in Karradah, Baghdad, which killed over 400 Iraqi civilians, and the aftermath.

CHIN Radio Ottawa 97.9 FM, May 13, 2016Radio/Podcast

An interview with CHIN Radio Ottawa addressed the lack of a solid and open discourse around mental health in the Arab and Muslim communities, and what steps must be taken to bring about change.

Ruba Ali Al-Hassani: Working With Survivors

Muslim American Leadership Alliance, November 25, 2016Print

URL: https://www.malanational.org/ruba-working-with-survivors/

"This year [2016], MALA is spotlighting individual stories from men and women who take a stand to eliminate violence against women, both nationally and globally. Our community looks forward to supporting UN Women’s Orange the World Campaign to support efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide. UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, launching from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th until UN’s International Human Rights Day on December 10th."

Canada's Muslims embrace their country – even when it doesn't embrace back

The Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 2017Print

URL: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2017/0220/Canada-s-Muslims-embrace-their-country-even-when-it-doesn-t-embrace-back

Did an interview with The Christian Science Monitor and spoke on behalf of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law. In this interview, I addressed the rise of Islamophobia in Canada.

Women’s Bodies, Hair, and Clothing: What’s There to Normalize?

Published by The Huffington Post

September 25, 2016

The article discusses the international obsession with women's bodies - particularly Muslim women's bodies. This obsession results in hijab and burkini bans in Europe, as well as in Muslim women's attempts to normalize the hijab, and the social repercussions. The article also discusses a Muslim woman's experience with alopecia.

URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/57e8435be4b09f67131e48e3?timestamp=1474862262386

Wahhabism: The Ideology of Hate

Published by The Huffington Post

September 15, 2016

The article discusses Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia's official state ideology, which also inspires terrorism and misogyny.

URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/57da37e6e4b04fa361d99306?timestamp=1473919057209

Human Rights Advocacy, Sectarianism, and Other Biases

Published by 1001 Iraqi Thoughts

April 17, 2015

The article discusses the anti-Shia sectarianism that has been normalized by, and which guides, international human rights organizations reporting on Iraq.

URL: http://1001iraqithoughts.com/2015/04/17/human-rights-advocacy-sectarianism-and-other-biases/

Biography/Biographie

Ruba Ali Al-Hassani is a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, with a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to teaching Sociology at York University, Ruba has returned as a sessional instructor at her alma mater, Trent University, where she had majored in Psychology and Sociology. Ruba is an interpreter for the International Refugee Assistance Project, a regional representative of the Iraqi Cooperative Orphan Aid Foundation, and a co-founding Board Member of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law. She also volunteers for the Canadian National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Her research interests include Iraqi studies, the Sociology of law, racial profiling, and terrorism studies.

Additional Titles and Affiliations/Affiliations et Liens Supplémentaires

Regional Representative, Iraqi Orphan Aid Foundation

Interpreter, International Refugee Assistance Project

Co-Founder, Steering Committee Member of Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law

Past Talks/Participation à des Événements

Stories told through social mobilization for, and understanding of, the Welfare State

the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Young Leaders’ Regional Thematic Network - Workshop Theme: “Know Your Rights: Towards More Active Participation of Youth in the Application of the Social Protection & Welfare Law”

Baghdad, Iraq (via video conferencing), September 18, 2015

Empathy: An Important Step Towards Personal and National Reconciliation

The Annual Conference of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting – Conference Theme: “Combating Social Extremism”

Baghdad, Iraq (via video conferencing), April 25, 2015

Links/Liens

Expertise

  • War on ISIS / Daesh
  • Racial Profiling
  • Middle Eastern Affairs
  • Iraqi Affairs
  • Iraqi Politics
  • Islamophobia
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Anti-Shia sectarianism

Education/Éducation

  • University of Toronto
    Criminology
    M.A., 2005
  • Trent University
    Sociology, Psychology
    B.Sc. (Hons), 2004
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
    Transitional Justice in Iraq
    LL.M., 2008
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
    Socio-Legal Iraqi Studies
    Ph.D., 2017

    Currently working towards the Ph.D.