Former director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut. Previously the Regional Representative for the Middle East of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program at the American University in Cairo, Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation’s Offices in Lagos and Cairo, and Director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq. Holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. Writes on human rights, Arab states and UN human rights mechanisms, the right to development, civil and political rights in Arab constitutions, the Responsibility to Protect, and other topics.. Currently a member of the Independent Commission for Human Rights.