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Ruba  Ali Al-Hassani - . Toronto , ON, CA

Ruba Ali Al-Hassani Ruba  Ali Al-Hassani

Iraqi-Canadian Socio-Legal Academic & Advocate

Toronto , ON, CANADA









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-founder of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law. She also sits on the Boards of the Canadian National Alopecia Areata Foundation and of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. Her research interests include Iraqi studies, the Sociology of law, racial profiling, and terrorism studies.

Industry Expertise (5)

Religious Institutions

Law Enforcement

Social Media

Writing and Editing

International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (8)

Middle Eastern Affairs

Iraqi Affairs

Iraqi Politics


War on ISIS / Daesh


Racial Profiling

Anti-Shia sectarianism

Education (4)

Trent University: B.Sc. (Hons), Sociology, Psychology 2004

University of Toronto: M.A., Criminology 2005

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University: LL.M., Transitional Justice in Iraq 2008

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University: Ph.D., Socio-Legal Iraqi Studies 2017

Currently working towards the Ph.D.

Affiliations (5)

  • Co-Founder, of Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law
  • Board Member, Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation
  • Board Member, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
  • Regional Representative, Iraqi Orphan Aid Foundation
  • Interpreter, International Refugee Assistance Project

Languages (3)

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

Media Appearances (11)

Ruba Ali Al-Hassani: Working With Survivors

Muslim American Leadership Alliance  print


"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."

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

The Christian Science Monitor  print


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.

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Nearly 35,000 Civilians Displaced from Mosul (Iraq)

Press TV  tv


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

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Multi-faith groups in Canada form protective rings around mosques

Press TV  tv


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

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Protesters in Boston denounce President Trump's immigration ban

Press TV  tv


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

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Demonstrations turn ugly in Washington DC

Press TV  tv


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

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Iraq defending whole world against Daesh with Mosul push: Jaafari

Press TV  tv


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

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Iraqi PM: Battle for Mosul enters final stage

Press TV  tv


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

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Iraq Baghdad Bombing

BBC World Service Radio  radio


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

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The Environics Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016”

Vancouver's Co-op Radio 100.5 FM  radio


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.

Discussing Mental Health in the Muslim Community

CHIN Radio Ottawa 97.9 FM  radio


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.

Event Appearances (2)

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)


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)


Articles (3)

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


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.

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Wahhabism: The Ideology of Hate The Huffington Post


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

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Human Rights Advocacy, Sectarianism, and Other Biases 1001 Iraqi Thoughts


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

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