Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh is currently a Commissioner, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (2016-present); a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Syariah and Law, Islamic Science University of Malaysia (2003-present), a Fellow of the Tunku Hajjah Azizah Centre for Women Studies, Islamic University of Malaysia (2016-present), a Fellow of Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (2013-present) and also the Hukum Syarak Consultative Committee, Office of Wilayah Persekutuan’s Mufti (2014-present).
Her academic qualification include Doctor of Philosophy in Law (University of Keele, UK) 2013; Masters of Comparative Laws (International Islamic University Malaysia) 2001; LL.B (Hons.) (International Islamic University Malaysia) 2000; Certified Takaful Professional (London) 2012; Certified Islamic Finance Expert (London) 2012; Maahad Muhammadi Lilbanat (Kota Bharu, Kelantan) and Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Kamil (1) (Pasir Puteh, Kelantan).
Prior to her present positions, Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila held many important positions which include Director, Permata Insan College, Islamic Science University of Malaysia (2015-2017); Deputy Director, Permata Insan College, Islamic Science University of Malaysia (2013-2015); Head of Cluster and Fellow Researcher, Institute of World Fatwa Research and Management (2013-2014); Coordinator of Publication, Institute of World Fatwa Research and Management (2012-2014); Deputy Dean, Faculty of Syariah and Law, Islamic Science University of Malaysia (Mac 2008-September 2008); Coordinator, Tamhidi Syariah and Undang-Undang, Islamic Science University of Malaysia (2005-2007) and Law Lecturer, International Islamic University Malaysia Matriculation Centre (2001-2003).
Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila has made many contributions with institutional, national and international impact since the 2000s, in the area of legal education while serving in the Law Department, International Islamic University Malaysia Matriculation Centre and the Faculty of Syariah and Law, Islamic Science University of Malaysia, women’s rights and society issues, as well as gender equality and minority groups’ advocacy programmes.
As a lecturer, she taught various subjects of civil and Shariah laws including law of torts, Islamic legal system, Islamic family law, administration of Islamic law, Malaysian legal system, law of contract and international human rights law. At present, Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila is specialising in family related laws and women’s rights. She supervises research students in these related fields.
She has written articles and chapters in book on various women’s rights issues and Shariah related laws published by local and international refereed journals among which are Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2010), “Women’s Rights Laws in Malaysia: Flexibility or Transformation?”, Jurnal ILIM; Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2012), “A Brief Study on the Positive Attentions to Muslim Women’s Rights in Malaysia”, International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology; Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2012), “A Conceptual Analysis of Rights in the International and Islamic Human Rights Instruments”, American International Journal of Contemporary Research; Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2013), “Feminist Critiques on the Theory of Rights in the Jurisdictions: Towards Gender Equality”, International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences; Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2013), “Brief Conceptual Analysis of Gender Equality from Islamic Jurisprudence and In Feminist Debates: Why Mankind and Not Humankind?”, Jurnal Hukum; Wan Abdul Fattah Wan Ismail and Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2013), “Saksi Palsu dan Kesannya Terhadap Pengesahan Dokumen Menurut Fiqh dan Undang-Undang”, Jurnal Hukum; Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh (2015), “Mendepani Krisis Akhlak: Solusi Kekeluargaan”, Jurnal ILIM.
She has written and edited a few books on Shariah and laws issues, among others, Diskusi Syariah dan Undang-Undang (2005), Prinsip Dan Pengurusan Fatwa di Negara-Negara Asean (2006), Issues In Laws And Syariah (2007), The Development of Economics and Muamalat Practices (2007), Sains Islam Merentasi Zaman (2007), Syariah Dan Undang-Undang: Isu Dan Amalan (2007), Biografi Mufti-Mufti Seluruh Malaysia (2008), Sains Islam Dan Pembinaan Modal Insan (2008), Contemporary Issues and General Studies (2008), Ilmu dan Islam (2008), Salah Faham Tentang Islam…Tapi Anda Malu Bertanya (2008), Language And Life (2008), Transformasi Pemikiran Sarwajagat (2014) and Fiqh Dental (2015) . She has been awarded with a number of research grants to facilitate her research activities. She has her own newspaper column in Berita Harian from 2008 until 2014. She occasionally writes in other local newpaper and magazines since 2004.
Her special ability to blend her professional and academic career in legal, gifted and talented education and medias with her passion for children and women’s development as a former Director and Deputy Director of Permata Insan College, is what makes her contribution unique and impactful for the advancement of Islam, education, children and community at large.
She is also sought after as adviser, consultant and speaker by organisations such as Yayasan Pelajaran MARA, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), Yayasan Nurul Yaqeen, Utusan Karya Sdn. Bhd, AEON Co. Ltd. as well as other universities. She appears regularly as special guest speaker for the live broadcast at Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), TV3, TV9, TVAl-Hijrah, Astro, Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM) radio programme. She also has her own talk show, Al-Maraaya in TVAl-Hijrah.
Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila has been invited as a speaker in various conferences, such as in Oxford University, Manchester University, Birmingham University, Keele University in United Kingdom and Zayed University, UAE. As part of her global recognition, she was invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia for a Special Visit Program in July 2017. Her multifaceted interest is reflected in her appointment into high level commission. She was appointed by His Majesty the King to serve in Human Rights Commission of Malaysia.
She has been awarded Anugerah Penulisan Popular (2004), Anugerah Penyunting Buku (2004, 2005), Anugerah Khas Penulisan Akhbar (2005), Anugerah Penulisan Buku (2005), Anugerah Tenaga Pengajar Paling Aktif (2006), Anugerah Terpuji (2007), Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (2006, 2013, 2016), Tokoh Wanita Kelantan (Anugerah PWK) (2013), Anugerah Selebriti TV Al-Hijrah (2013), Anugerah Penyelidikan Terbaik USIM (2014), Anugerah Emas Projek Tesis Jangka Panjang, Festival Kreativiti Dunia di Korea Selatan (2015) (Ketua Penyelia Tesis), Anugerah Perak Projek Tesis Jangka Panjang, Festival Kreativiti Dunia di Korea Selatan (2015) (Penyelia Tesis), Anugerah Perak II Projek Tesis Jangka Panjang, Festival Kreativiti Dunia di Korea Selatan (2015) (Penyelia Tesis), Anugerah Gangsa Projek Tesis Jangka Panjang, Festival Kreativiti Dunia di Korea Selatan (2015) (Penyelia Tesis), Best Paper Award, Second International Conference on Asean Women (2016), Darjah Kebesaran Ahli Yang Keempat (Bentara) Setia Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Terbilang (BSK) (2016) and 2nd Place in the Oral Scientific Session, 1st IIUM International Dental Conference (2017).