Dr Nadjma Yassari, LL.M (SOAS) was born in 1971 in Tehran and studied law in Vienna, Paris, London and Innsbruck. In 1999 she was awarded a doctorate for her thesis on contractual freedom in Islamic contractual law. In 2000/01 she spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of Damascus in Syria, where she also improved her language skills. In summer 2016, she qualified as a lecturer at the University of Hamburg with her postdoctoral dissertation in Comparative Law on Islamic family estate law, and received the venia legendi for the subjects Comparative Law, International Private Law and Islamic Law.
She has worked on Islamic law and family and inheritance law in Islamic countries for over 25 years. As an advisor on law in Islamic countries at the Max Planck Institute for Private Law in Hamburg, she has been leading the research group “Das Recht Gottes im Wandel – Rechtsvergleichung im Familien- und Erbrecht islamischer Länder” [The Law of God in Transformation – Comparative Law in Family Law and Inheritance Law in Islamic Countries] since 2009.