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Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Iranian Activist & Lawyer

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Shirin Ebadi Biography

Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian and Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, became a judge after graduating from Tehran University Law School and passing the relevant qualifying exams. She soon progressed through the ranks and in 1975 became the first woman to preside over a court. In the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, all female judges were dismissed, and Ebadi was demoted to the position of a clerk in the very same court over which she once presided. Since she could not tolerate the situation any longer, she put in a request for early retirement.

After her retirement request was granted, Dr. Ebadi applied for a license to practice law to continue serving in another capacity in the legal profession. But her request was not approved for seven years because she had published several critical articles. Finally, in 1992, she succeeded in obtaining a lawyer's license from the Central Bar Association.

In her new profession, she focused on defending victims of human rights abuse, while simultaneously writing and publishing 14 books, including the Rights of the Child, the Rights of Women, and Tradition and Modernity in the Iranian legal system. Many of her books have been translated into and published in several languages. Ebadi also taught Urban Rights and Women's Rights at the universities of Tehran and Allameh Tabataba'i for six years. Along with her colleagues, she set up three NGOs in Iran, called Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child, Mine Clearing Collaboration Association, and Centre for Defenders of Human Rights. On the international front, in 2006 along with other female Nobel laureates, she founded the Nobel Women's Initiative, which is based in Canada.

Ebadi has won numerous awards, including the Leibniz Ring in Germany, Légion d'Honneur in France, and Scholars at Risk prize in Ireland. She is also honorary citizen of several world cities, including Paris and Genoa. Moreover, to date, Ebadi has received 26 honorary doctorates from various universities throughout the world, including the University of Cambridge (UK), Brown University (United States), and University of British Colombia (Canada).

Ebadi was first imprisoned in 1999 and again prosecuted in 2009 for criticizing the Islamic Republic. Security forces raided her office, and the government froze her bank accounts and seized her assets. Since then, she has been living outside Iran. In 2012, she established the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights in London through which she continues her activities towards advancing human rights in Iran and in Islamic countries.

Speaking Topics
  • True Islam: Human Rights & The Role of Faith

  • The Role of Women in World Peace

  • Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope

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Books
The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny

The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny

Refugee Rights in Iran

Refugee Rights in Iran

Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country

Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country

Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope

Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope

Iran Awakening: From Prison to Peace Prize: One Woman's Struggle at the Crossroads of History

Iran Awakening: From Prison to Peace Prize: One Woman's Struggle at the Crossroads of History

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  • What are the speaker fees for Shirin Ebadi

    Speaking fees for Shirin Ebadi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Shirin Ebadi are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Shirin Ebadi, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Shirin Ebadi speak about?

  • Where does Shirin Ebadi travel from?

    Shirin Ebadi generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Shirin Ebadi’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Shirin Ebadi for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shirin Ebadi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Shirin Ebadi or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Iranian Activist & Lawyer

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Shirin Ebadi Biography

Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian and Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, became a judge after graduating from Tehran University Law School and passing the relevant qualifying exams. She soon progressed through the ranks and in 1975 became the first woman to preside over a court. In the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, all female judges were dismissed, and Ebadi was demoted to the position of a clerk in the very same court over which she once presided. Since she could not tolerate the situation any longer, she put in a request for early retirement.

After her retirement request was granted, Dr. Ebadi applied for a license to practice law to continue serving in another capacity in the legal profession. But her request was not approved for seven years because she had published several critical articles. Finally, in 1992, she succeeded in obtaining a lawyer's license from the Central Bar Association.

In her new profession, she focused on defending victims of human rights abuse, while simultaneously writing and publishing 14 books, including the Rights of the Child, the Rights of Women, and Tradition and Modernity in the Iranian legal system. Many of her books have been translated into and published in several languages. Ebadi also taught Urban Rights and Women's Rights at the universities of Tehran and Allameh Tabataba'i for six years. Along with her colleagues, she set up three NGOs in Iran, called Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child, Mine Clearing Collaboration Association, and Centre for Defenders of Human Rights. On the international front, in 2006 along with other female Nobel laureates, she founded the Nobel Women's Initiative, which is based in Canada.

Ebadi has won numerous awards, including the Leibniz Ring in Germany, Légion d'Honneur in France, and Scholars at Risk prize in Ireland. She is also honorary citizen of several world cities, including Paris and Genoa. Moreover, to date, Ebadi has received 26 honorary doctorates from various universities throughout the world, including the University of Cambridge (UK), Brown University (United States), and University of British Colombia (Canada).

Ebadi was first imprisoned in 1999 and again prosecuted in 2009 for criticizing the Islamic Republic. Security forces raided her office, and the government froze her bank accounts and seized her assets. Since then, she has been living outside Iran. In 2012, she established the Centre for Defenders of Human Rights in London through which she continues her activities towards advancing human rights in Iran and in Islamic countries.

Shirin Ebadi Speaking Topics

  • True Islam: Human Rights & The Role of Faith

  • The Role of Women in World Peace

  • Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope

Shirin Ebadi Videos

  • Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, live at Solve at MIT
    Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center, speaks during the Solve at MIT Opening Plenary on May 5. Linda...
  • Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize 2003: My Truth and Other Versions
    "My Truth and Other Versions" was a keynote speech delivered by Shirin Ebadi at the Nobel Week Dialogue 2017 in Gothenburg Sweden. Shirin Ebadi is...
  • Shirin Ebadi: Iran Awakening: Human Rights Women and Islam
    Nobel Peace Laureate and lawyer Shirin Ebadi of Iran describes how education can lead to peace in the Middle East and calls for an end to...

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  • How do I book Shirin Ebadi to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Shirin Ebadi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Shirin Ebadi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Shirin Ebadi or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Shirin Ebadi

    Speaking fees for Shirin Ebadi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Shirin Ebadi are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Shirin Ebadi, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Shirin Ebadi speak about?

  • Where does Shirin Ebadi travel from?

    Shirin Ebadi generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Shirin Ebadi’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Shirin Ebadi for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shirin Ebadi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Shirin Ebadi or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Shirin Ebadi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as True Islam: Human Rights & The Role of Faith, The Role of Women in World Peace and Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope. The estimated speaking fee range to book Shirin Ebadi for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Shirin Ebadi generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erin Gruwell, Asra Nomani, Sonia Nazario, Dr. Samantha Nutt and Mariane Pearl. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shirin Ebadi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Shirin Ebadi Speaking Topics

  • True Islam: Human Rights & The Role of Faith

  • The Role of Women in World Peace

  • Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope

Shirin Ebadi Speaker Videos

  • Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, live at Solve at MIT
    Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center, speaks during the Solve at MIT Opening Plenary on May 5. Linda Henry, CEO, Boston Globe Media, moderates the...
    Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize 2003: My Truth and Other Versions
    "My Truth and Other Versions" was a keynote speech delivered by Shirin Ebadi at the Nobel Week Dialogue 2017 in Gothenburg Sweden. Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, former judge and human rights...
  • Shirin Ebadi: Iran Awakening: Human Rights Women and Islam
    Nobel Peace Laureate and lawyer Shirin Ebadi of Iran describes how education can lead to peace in the Middle East and calls for an end to discrimination against women in this riveting address...

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