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Speaker Biography

Dr Richard Wilkins

Dr Richard Wilkins
Managing Director, The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development.

Richard G. Wilkins, The Robert W. Barker Professor of Law, Brigham Young University (retired), is the Executive Director of The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, Doha, Qatar. Established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Consort of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, the Institute sponsors and conducts interdisciplinary international research regarding family life.

Dr. Wilkins has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court and has presented papers at conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Scandinavia. He has made presentations to numerous UN bodies and commissions, including the UN General Assembly, the Commission on Social Development and the Commission on Human Settlements. He has testified before legislative panels in Australia, the European Union, Sweden and the United States.

Professor Wilkins is married to Melany Moore Wilkins, who holds a Masters Degree in Social Work. They are the parents of four children and have six grandchildren.