Sarah Al Sharji

Sarah Al Sharji is Head of the Treaties and International Cooperation Division and an Assistant Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Legal Affairs in Oman. Her duties include reviewing all draft bilateral and multilateral treaties for the Sultanate of Oman; advising the government on entering into international conventions and treaties; and representing the government in meetings of international organisations. She has a particular interest in international law that relates human rights treaties and their implementation. Most notably she as a member of the national committee concerned with following up the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in Oman.

In addition, Sarah has worked on a number of projects in Oman, such as the Oman-US Free Trade Agreement, where she was involved in negotiating the legal provisions of the Agreement; Oman's first Universal Periodic Review report; Oman's withdrawal of some of its reservations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and numerous important laws such as the Tender Law. In June 2012 Sarah represented the Omani government in the elections for membership to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Sarah believes that there is a lack of legal awareness in Oman, and that while laws are readily available, many people are unaware of laws that impact them directly. Sarah has used her experience as a John Smith Fellow to establish a pro bono legal clinic at the Omani Women´s Association offering free legal advice to women.