Dr. Sanaa Ahmed, PhD

Professor Sanaa Ahmed

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.3864

Location

Office: MFH4336

Media Contact:

Ali Abel
Manager, Marketing & Communications
amabel@ucalgary.ca
O: 403.210.8720
C: 403.630.1232

Background

Educational Background

PhD York University, 2019

LLM University of Warwick, 2005

LLB S.M. Law College, University of Karachi, 2002

BA University of Karachi, 1998

Biography

Prior to joining UCalgary Law in 2021, Sanaa was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University. Her research explored the money laundering industry in Canada. While at York University, she worked as a research assistant on a variety of projects including a policy paper for an SSHRC-funded symposium on Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful, corruption in public-private partnerships in infrastructure projects in Canada, anti-money laundering regulatory power structures, and a UN Human Rights Advisory Committee report on the impact of non-repatriation of illicit funds on the countries of origin on the enjoyment of human rights. 

Prior to her career in academia, Sanaa was an editor, writer, producer and reporter for several media outlets in Pakistan, including The News, BBC Urdu Service, Express Tribune, Samaa Television, Dawn News, Herald Magazine and Pakistan Business Update.

Research

Areas of Research

Money Laundering, Financial Crime, Financial Regulation, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Surveillance

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
LAW 410 Crime
LAW 693 Money Laundering

Awards

  • Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dalhousie University. 2019
  • Harley D. Hallet Graduate Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School. 2018
  • Peter W. Hogg Graduate Award, 2016

Publications

  • “Presence through absence? Understanding the role of capital in the African Human Rights Action Plan”. Obiora C. Okafor, Sanaa Ahmed, Sylvia Bawa & Ibironke Odumusu-Ayanu. The Journal of Modern African Studies, Volume 58, Issue 4. (2020)
  • “Money Laundering”. Sanaa Ahmed & Margaret E. Beare. Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology. (2018)
  • “Supremely fallible: a debate on judicial restraint and activism in Pakistan”. Sanaa Ahmed. Vienna Journal of International Constitutional Law, ICL Journal, Vol 9, 2/2015. (2015)
  • “The politics of financial regulation”. Sanaa Ahmed. Socio-Legal Review, Volume 11(1). (2015)
  • “The political economy of money laundering in Canada” in Tonita Murray, ed, Big Policing and Big Crime: Is it all about the money. Sanaa Ahmed. University of Toronto Press. (2021)
  • “Money laundering regulation and the role of the state: a critique” in Christian Leuprecht, ed, State of the Federation 2020. Sanaa Ahmed. Queen’s University Press. (2021)
  • “Money laundering regulation and the Canadian macroeconomy” in Robert Currie, ed, Transnational and Cross-Border Crime: Canadian Perspectives. Sanaa Ahmed. Irwin Law. (2021)
  • Law in a World of Change: Selected Essays in Memory of Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed. Kazim Hasan, Nausheen Ahmad, Sanaa Ahmed & Salahuddin Ahmed, eds. Pakistan Law House. (2012)
  • “The political economy of money laundering in Canada”. Sanaa Ahmed. Law and Society Association 2020 conference. (2020)
  • “Presence through absence? Understanding the role of capital in the African Human Rights Action Plan”. Sanaa Ahmed. Canadian Association of African Studies conference. (2019)
  • “Regulatory transgression? Drivers, aims and effects of money laundering and terrorism financing regulation in Pakistan”. Sanaa Ahmed. SOAS/ Durham Postgraduate Colloquium on Critical International Law. (2018)
  • “Regulatory transgression? Drivers, aims and effects of money laundering and terrorism financing regulation in Pakistan” . Sanaa Ahmed. Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) Conference . (2018)
  • “Fighting organized crime and corruption: globalized responses, unequal costs” . Sanaa Ahmed. Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: A Global Conversation on Capitalism, Corporations, and Crime symposium. (2017)
  • “At what cost? Money laundering and terrorism financing regulation in Pakistan”. Sanaa Ahmed. Graduate Law Students Association conference. (2016)
  • “Judicialising national security”. Sanaa Ahmed. Graduate Law Students Association conference. (2016)