Jacqueline Bhabha Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography

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Jacqueline Bhabha

Jacqueline Bhabha

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jacqueline Bhabha

  • Jacqueline’s parents were German Jews who fled to India from Germany during Nazi rule to avoid being killed in the holocaust.
  •  Jacqueline was born in India but her parents moved to Milan, Italy when she was 10 years old.
  • She received more than 70% grade in her undergraduate degree, leading her to receive the First-Class Honours Degree.
  • She met her husband, Homi K. Bhabha in Oxford during her undergraduate years.
  • Before 1997, Jaqueline was practising law, especially in the field of human rights, in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
  • From 1997 till 2001 Bhabha was directing the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago.
  • Scholars at Risk is a program aimed at helping academics, who are facing persecution, find temporary safe havens in American universities (usually for one year), was launched by Jacqueline in 2000.
  • She is haunted by a childhood memory from India, where in an orphanage she saw children who were purposefully injured by their parents to increase their effectiveness as beggars.
  • This memory is one of the reasons why most of her legal work is aimed at expanding the scope of international refugee law to encompass the persecution of children. She says,

    These laws were framed by adults, for adults”

  • Jacqueline can speak up to 6 languages.
  • In the month of February of the year 2022, Jacqueline with 37 other Harvard faculty members signed a letter to Harvard Crimson defending Professor John Comaroff had been found to have violated the university’s sexual and professional conduct policies. The letter defended Comaroff saying he is an excellent colleague, advisor and committed university citizen. Jacqueline was one of the several signatories to express that she wished that she did not sign and could retract her signature.

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