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Dr Khalida Ghaus is one of the most eminent scholars of International Relations and Human Rights. A former chairperson of the Department of International Relations at the University of Karachi, she holds the distinguished honour of being the first PhD in Human Rights from Pakistan.
Currently she is the Managing Director of Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), a Karachi-based research centre of international repute. She did her PhD under the supervision of eminent jurist and scholar Khalid M Ishaq.
She has been the director of the Centre of Excellence for Women's Studies, University of Karachi. She was also the editor of the Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences published by the university. She is Honorary Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as well as the Pakistan Centre for Democracy Studies.
The widely travelled Dr Khalida Ghaus had the honour of being a delegate in the General Assembly of World University Service at Lima, Peru, in 1988. She attended the Salzburg Seminar on Transnational Law and Human Rights at Salzburg, Austria, in 1992 while she visited the United States under the International Visitor’s Programme on Conflict Resolution Tensions in South Asia later the same year.
She represented Asia-Pacific Region in the International World University Service Delegation at the 50th and 51st Session of United Nations Commission on Human Rights at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1994 and 1995 while she was bestowed the honour of Asia Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington DC, in 1999.
Besides teaching Human Rights and Foreign Policy Analysis for more than two decades, she has also written extensively on the subjects. A published author, she has been actively involved in the policy-making both with the federal and provincial governments on gender-related issues.