Profile

Dr.
Mudar
Kassis

Faculty member at department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University (Palestine). He currently serves as co-director of the Windsor-Birzeit Dignity Initiative. He previously served as the Director of Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, and director of the MA Programme in Democracy and Human Rights. Additionally , He previously served as chairperson for the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Director of the Institute of Law, acting dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration (led its establishment), Co-Director of the Initiative on Judicial Independence and Human Dignity (a joint project with the University of Windsor – Canada).

His current research interests are embedded in the tradition of praxis and include democratisation, decolonisation, the concept of dignity, the everyday, research ethics, political corruption, and populism.

Publications: 
  1. The Post-Pandemic Bifurcation: Democratisation vs Oligarchy Radicalisation in the Arab World. In Larbi Sadiki and Layla Saleh (eds.) Covid-19 and Risk Society Across the MENA Region: Assessing Governance, Democracy, and Inequality. IB Tauris. (Forthcoming summer 2022)
  2. (with Rita Giacaman and Maher Hashweh) Decolonizing Knowledge Production: A Perspective on Promotion and tenure Regulations in Palestine and beyond. In Middle East Critique (forthcoming)
  3. (with Maher Hashweh and Rita Giacaman) Research Ethics Review: Its Need and Ethical Limitations in the Arab Context. In: Tabayyun. Vol 10 #38 2021. Pp. 79-105. (Arabic). Doi: 10.31430/OJWG4533
  4. The Future of Human Rights and the Human Right to a Future in Palestine. In: Soft Power, Vol 8 #15. 2021. Pp. 128-145. https://bit.ly/The_Future_of_Human_Rights__in_Palestine  
  5. Self-determination. In Palestinian Emancipatory Alphabets. Muwatin – Birzeit University. 23 August 2021. http://muwatin.birzeit.edu/ar/pea/self-determination (in Arabic).
  6. Emancipating the Concept of Political Corruption, In: Izbidi, Basim (ed.). Political Corruption: Revisiting the Concept, Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. Birzeit. 2021. Pp. 97-147. (Arabic). https://bit.ly/Emancipating_the_Concept_of_Political_Corruption  
  7. Introduction. In Mudar Kassis et al. Democratisation of Palestinian Politics as a Basis to Rebuilding the National Project. Muwatin – Birzeit University. Birzeit. 2021. Pp. 1-8. (Arabic)
  8. (with Reem Bahdi) Mastery and Gratitude: Development Aid & The Colonial Condition in Palestine. In: Sujith Xavier, Beverley Jacobs, Valarie Waboose, Jeffery G. Hewitt, Amar Bhatia (eds.) Decolonizing Law: Indigenous, Third World and Settler Perspectives. Routledge. 2021. Pp. 89-113.
  9. On the Impossibility of Left Populism. In: Interfere: Journal for Critical Thought and Radical Politics. Blog post. 16 April 2021. https://bit.ly/On_the_Impossibility_of_Left_Populism
  10. Adolescence and Maturity of NGOs: Knowledge Production in the New World Order. In: Khawaja, Dina (ed.). TT and Documenting Experiences of Teaching and Knowledge Production about Civil Society in Arab Universities and Research Centres. Asfari Institute – American University of Beirut. Beirut. 2020. P.p. 21-31. (Arabic). https://bit.ly/Adolescence_and_Maturity_of_NGOs
  11. (with Reem Bahdi) Institutional Trustworthiness, Transformative Judicial Education and Transitional Justice: A Palestinian Experience. In: Samar El-Masri, Tammy Lambert, Joanna R. Quinn (eds.). Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective – Preconditions for Success. Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. Pp. 185-215. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-34917-2_8
  12. The Compilation of Colonial Projects on Palestine. In: al-Sharif Maher (ed.). One Hundred Years on the Belfour Declaration. Institute of Palestine Studies. Beirut. 2019. P.p. 169—194. (Arabic)
  13. Introduction. In Kassis, Mudar et al. Seven Decades since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The History and Future of Human Rights and Palestine. Muwatin – Birzeit University. Birzeit. 2018. Pp. 1-13. (Arabic)
  14. Introduction. In: Kassis, Mudar et al. Democracy in the Public Square. Muwatin – Birzeit University. Birzeit. 2018. Pp. 1-11.
  15. Introduction. In: Kassis, Mudar et al. Democracy in the Public Square. Muwatin – Birzeit University. Birzeit. 2018. Pp. 1-12. (Arabic)
  16. (with Francisco Astudillo, Razane Boustany, Henriette Gentil, and Nora Taha) Securitisation in the Arab Region: A New Form of Kinship Relations? In: Global Campus Human Rights Journal. Vol 1 #2 (2017). Pp.435-462. https://bit.ly/Securitisation_in_the_Arab_Region  
  17. (With Reem Bahdi) Decolonization, Dignity and Development Aid: A judicial Education Experience in Palestine. In: Bhatia, Amar et al. (eds.). Third World Approaches to International Law: On Praxis and the Intellectual. Routledge. New York. 2017.
  18. Co-editor (with Shikaki Kh. and Harb, J.) The State of Reform in the Arab World 2015: The Arab Democracy Index V. The Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestine Centre for Policy and Survey Research. June 2017. (Arabic).
  19. (With Reem Bahdi) Decolonization, Dignity and Development Aid: A judicial Education Experience in Palestine. In: Third World Quarterly. Vol 37 #11 (2016). Pp.2010-2027. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1181521
  20. Attributes of Success for the Palestinian Resistance. In: The Journal of Palestine Studies. Vol. 25 #100 (autumn 2014). Pp. 18-24. (Arabic)
  21. Co-editor (with Shikaki Kh. and Harb, J.) of The State of Reform in the Arab World 2014: The Arab Democracy Index IV. The Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestine Centre for Policy and Survey Research. August 2014. (Arabic).
  22. Arab Dignity Revolutions and the Concept of Dignity. In: Mudar Kassis et al. Arab Dignity Revolutions – Ideas Beyond Neoliberalism. Rawafed. Cairo. 2012. P.p. 13-25. (Arabic)
  23. Promoting Human Rights in Colonial and Post-colonial Contexts. In: Al-Sayyid M. (ed.). Human Rights Debates: Perspectives from the South. Partners in Development, SUR. Cairo. 2011. Pp. 75-91. (Arabic).
  24. Co-editor (with Shikaki Kh. and Harb, J.) of The State of Reform in the Arab World 2011: The Arab Democracy Index III. The Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestine Centre for Policy and Survey Research. March 2011. (Arabic and English).
  25. Meeting the Requirements of the Modern Times through the Development of Interdisciplinary Programmes in Social Sciences: The Experience of the Masters Programme in Democracy and Human Rights at Birzeit University. In: Lamine, Bechir (ed.). Towards an Arab Higher Education Space: International Challenges and Social Responsibilities. UNESCO. Beirut. 2010. Pp. 641-656.
  26. Meeting the Requirements of the Modern Times through the Development of Interdisciplinary Programmes in Social Sciences: The Experience of the Masters Programme in Democracy and Human Rights at Birzeit University. In: Al-Amine, Adnan (ed.). Towards an Arab Higher Education Space: International Challenges and Social Responsibilities. UNESCO. Beirut. 2010. Pp. 727-744. (Arabic).
  27. Co-editor (with Shikaki Kh. and Harb, J.) of The State of Reform in the Arab World 2009-2010: The Arab Democracy Index II. The Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestine Centre for Policy and Survey Research. March 2010. (Arabic and English).
  28. Co-editor (with Nakhleh, Kh.) and co-author of Legislative Reform in Palestine: Decolonization and State Building. Institute of Law – Birzeit University. Birzeit. 2009. (Arabic).
  29. The Impact of Learning Democracy and Human Rights on the Nature of Political Involvement: The Case of the Program in Democracy and Human Rights in Birzeit University. In: Al-Sayyid M. (ed.). University Education of Human Rights and the Political Movement in the Arab World. Partners in Development. Cairo. 2009. Pp. 209-298. (Arabic).
  30. The Democracy Index of Palestine: 2008. (With Shikaki Kh. Et al.) The Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, Ramallah, 2009 (Arabic).
  31. Co-editor (with Shikaki Kh. and Harb, J.) of The State of Reform in the Arab World 2008: The Arab Democracy Index. The Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestine Centre for Policy and Survey Research. April 2008. (Arabic and English).
  32. [Section] 3.8. [on] Palestine (With Salem, J.) in: Grabow, K. Et al. (editors). Rule of Law (KAF Democracy Report 2006.). Bouvier.  Bonn. 2006. Pp. 173-193.
  33. A Commentary. In: Zubaidi B. Reform: Its Roots, Meanings, and Utility “The Palestinian Case as an Example”. Birzeit. 2005. (Arabic).
  34. Democratization and Social Justice. In: Kassis M. (ed.). Challenges of the New Millennium and the Prospects of Cultural Development in the Arab World. Birzeit University. Birzeit. 2005. Pp. 216-227. (Arabic).
  35. Réflexions sur la Possibilité de Construire une Démocratie Participative en Palestine. In: Les Annales de L’Autre Islam. No 8.  (La Palestine en Transition). Paris. 2001. (French)
  36. Editor of An Arab dialog on the Second Intifada. Birzeit. 2001. (Arabic).
  37. Civil Society Organizations and the Transition to Democracy in Palestine. In: Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. V.12 #1 (March 2001). Pp. 35-48.
  38. The Democracy Index of Palestine: 1997-1998. (With Awartani F. and Shikaki Kh.) CPRS, Nablus, 1999 (Arabic).
  39. The Role of Civil Society in Transition to Democracy in Palestine. CPRS, Nablus, 1999 (Arabic).
  40. The Democracy Index of Palestine: 1996-1997. (With Awartani F. and Shikaki Kh.) CPRS, Nablus, 1999 (Arabic).
  41. Problematic of the Human Development Measurement in Palestine. In: Said N. (ed.). Human Development in Palestine. Birzeit. 1998.
  42. Chief Editor of A Reader in Modern And Contemporary European Thought (a Birzeit University Textbook). Birzeit. 1997. (Arabic).
  43. The Palestinian Election's Law (with Shikaki Kh.). In: Shikaki Kh. (ed,). The First Palestinian Elections. CPRS, Nablus. 1997. (Arabic).
  44. The Political Environment of the First Palestinian Elections (with Shikaki Kh.). In: Shikaki Kh. (ed,). The First Palestinian Elections. CPRS, Nablus. 1997. (Arabic).
  45. Relations between Society and Individuals: Some Reflections on Palestinian Civil Society. In: Said N., Hamami R. (editors). Analytical Studies on the Social-Political Trends in Palestine.  CPRS, Nablus. 1997. (Arabic).
  46. Chief Editor of Civics: Democracy, Citizenship, and Human Rights in Palestine (a schoolbook). CPRS, Nablus. 1997. Second edition – 1999 (Arabic).
  47. Palestinian Elections: A Step towards Self-Determination. In: The Journal of Palestine Studies. Vol. 6 #23. (Summer 1995). Pp. 20-34. (Arabic)
  48. The Methodological Background of Exaggerated Reactions towards Western Dominance on Arab Culture. In: El-Alem M.A. (ed.). Arab Thought on the Verge of the Twentieth Century. Cairo. 1995. (Arabic)
  49. On the Logical Apparatus of the Materialist Understanding of History. (With Chusov A.). In: Titov, Mironov, Kolmeitsa (editors). The Great October, and its Effects on Social Progress and Modernity. Moscow State University, Moscow. 1988. (Russian).