SJD Program

The Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) is the most advanced law degree at American University Washington College of Law. The program brings together aspiring legal academics and other top legal professionals from around the world who wish to research and write a dissertation of publishable quality under the instruction of faculty members who are recognized experts and leading practitioners in their fields.


Ghufran A. Alqahtani

SJD Candidate


Ghufran A. Alqahtani, an SJD Candidate at American University Washington College of Law, is completing her dissertation titled, "The Treatment of Honor Crimes in Jordan under Islamic Criminal Jurisprudence." She is exploring the position of Sharia law towards gender crimes under the name of honor and she is arguing that it has no basis under Islamic Criminal Jurisprudence. She also plans to go into more detail in explaining how the notion of honor has been changed within the state formation especially in the MENA region. Ms. Alqahtani will analyze the practice of honor killing through different theories such as: Feminist Legal Theory, Anthropological Theory, the Fundamentalism Theory, and the Religious Doctrine. 

Ms. Alqahtani's academic interests include International Human Rights, Women's Rights, and Gender Violence Policies. She completed an internship with Women, Business and The Law, where she was responsible for conducting research regarding women’s domestic violence laws. In addition, she conducted research on policies in the MENA region and assisted with collecting data for the WorldBank-Women’s Business and the Law Report of 2016. Currently, Ms. Alqahtani is a lecturer at the Public Law Department at the School of Law at King Abdulaziz University Jeddah city - Saudi Arabia.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., Candidate, American University Washington College of Law
LL.M., Specialization in International and Comparative Law, The George Washington University School of Law
LL.M., Specialization in U.S and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers, University of Miami School of Law
LL.B., with First Honor, King Abdul-Aziz University School of Law, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Areas of Specialization

International Law
International Human Rights
Women Rights
Gender Policies
Conflict of religion and religious studies

Contact Information

To contact Ms. Alqahtani, email her at