Fer Ghanaa Ansari is a Research Associate at RSIL’s Islamabad office and an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School on the Fulbright scholarship. She is also an independent researcher for the UN Human Rights Treaty Impact Study being led by former UN Human Rights Committee member Christof Heyns.
At RSIL, Fer Ghanaa has worked on numerous projects with the Ministry of Human Rights, the UNODC, and the UNDP involving research in human rights law, criminal law, and constitutional law. She has also worked on projects on Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering, including Pakistan’s compliance with FATF recommendations.
She has also been a Research Associate at the Center of Excellence for International Law, Institute of Strategic Studies Research and Analysis, National Defence University, where she wrote advisory policy papers for the civilian and military leadership on key issues of international law relating to Pakistan.
Before joining RSIL, she worked as an intern at the International Committee of the Red Cross where she worked on compiling Pakistan’s State Practice on Customary International Humanitarian Law, after which she interned at Fazleghani Advocates, where she drafted petitions and appeals for the superior courts.
Fer Ghanaa completed her BA-LLB from Quaid-i-Azam University with the highest CGPA in her batch, and has also completed her Masters in English Literature. During her undergraduate studies, she went to the US on a fully-funded semester exchange through the US State Department’s Global-UGRAD program. She participated in the Ventotene International Seminar on global federalism held in Italy, and in numerous moot court competitions as well.