The former minister of the environment in the interim Iraqi government and current Futrell Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, Mishkat Al Moumin is a well-known Iraqi lawyer, and a lecturer of human rights in the University of Baghdad’s College of Law. Since Iraq did not previously have a ministry of the environment, Dr. Al Moumin designed its entire structure. In this post, she also developed new environmental law, led campaigns to support Iraqi people living in environmentally dangerous areas, and initiated awareness and cleaning projects.
Prior to joining the government, she served as the women’s issues director for the Free Iraq Foundation, where she successfully advocated for women to hold 25 percent of the seats in the new Iraqi parliament. In this role, she also conducted trainings for NGOs and women leaders. In 2004, Dr. Al Moumin worked with the International Federation of Election System as an adviser on the elections in Iraq. As a practicing member of the Iraqi Bar Association, Dr. Al Moumin represented clients in cases concerning personal status and labor. Dr. Al Moumin was a lecturer at University of Baghdad College of Law, where she lectured human rights, fundamental rights, international and constitutional law. She has participated as a speaker and facilitator at several conferences on women’s issues in Iraq.
Dr. Al Moumin, a scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, recently graduated as a Mason fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she earned a master’s degree in public administration. She took courses related to environmental justice, gender, civil society, and human rights. Dr. Al Moumin already has a master’s degree and a PhD in public international law from the University of Baghdad. She has published articles in various Arabic newspapers on environmental developments and women’s roles in public life. She has also authored articles on international law and international justice in a number of legal journals. Finally she is the founder and director of Women and Environment Organization that operates in Iraq; and a member of the board of directors in the PATH organization, an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health.