Maha Abdulaziz Almutlak

SJD Candidate


Maha Abdulaziz Almutlak, an S.J.D candidate at American University Washington College of Law, is currently working on her dissertation entitled, “Matrilineal Belonging in Saudi Arabia: Analysis of the Legal Framework.” Her dissertation examines the masculine nature of belonging to Saudi Arabia and sheds light on the harms of the current legal framework, which excludes children born to Saudi mothers and non-Saudi fathers from the Saudi identity. The dissertation traces the historical roots of the exclusion of children born to Saudi mothers, pointing out the continuousness of the influence of kinship norms despite major legal reforms that aim to enhance the situation of the mentioned category of children. This dissertation offers tentative legal reform proposals that establish mechanisms to enforce related recent legal amendments.

Before joining the SJD program, Ms. Almutlak worked as a lecturer in law at Princess Nourah University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She was also the Assistant Head of the law department and held many administrative positions.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., Candidate, American University Washington College of Law
LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, 2012
LL.B., King Saud University, School of Law and Political Science, 2009

Areas of Specialization

Private International Law
International Human Rights
Middle Eastern Law
Women’s Rights

Contact Information

To contact Ms. Almutlak, email her at