About the Author

AuthorNatasha Bakht
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  is a full professor
of law at the University of Ottawa
and the Shirley Greenberg Chair for
Women and the Legal Profession.
She has taught courses in family
law; criminal law; children and the
law; the law and policy of multi-
culturalism; and women, religion,
and law. She was called to the bar
of Ontario in  and served as a
law clerk to Justice Louise Arbour at
the Supreme Court of Canada. Her
legal scholarship explores the inter-
section between religious freedom
and women’s equality. She served as
the English language editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Women and
the Law from  to . Natasha’s legal activism includes involvement
with the National Association of Women and the Law and the Women’s
Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). She was named one of the
top f‌ifty people in city by Ottawa Life Magazine (), received a Femmy
Award by International Women’s Day Ottawa for being a thought leader
in the National Capital Region (), and received the South Asian Bar
Association’s Legal Excellence Award ().
Her research on the niqab analyzes the unwarranted popular panic
concerning Muslim women who cover their faces and explores systemic
barriers to inclusion perpetuated by Canada’s legal and political system.
She has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R v NS,
 SCC , which involved a niqab-wearing sexual assault complain-
ant. Together with her friend and colleague Lynda Collins, she stretched
the legal boundaries of family by becoming legal co-mothers of their
son, Elaan, though they are not in a conjugal relationship. She is also an
award-winning dancer and choreographer.

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