Wednesday 20 June 2012, 18:00
The Arab Spring: Impact on Asylum and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa
Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University in Cairo (AUC)
Shaden Khallaf is currently teaching at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and the Law Department of the American University in Cairo (AUC) after having worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She most recently acted as policy officer and advisor on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs. She has professional experience and an academic background in international human rights law, globalisation, democratisation, and gender issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms Shaden also has experience analysing political transformations and their impact on population displacement and human rights, especially of Iraqi refugees. Throughout the Middle East and from UNHCR Headquarters, she has worked on refugee status determination, improving conditions of detention, addressing the needs of refugee women and children, finding durable solutions, mainstreaming refugee rights within broader human rights discourses, strengthening coordination between UN Agencies, post-conflict reconstruction, widening public awareness about the UNHCR, and strategic policy planning. Ms Shaden will be researching and assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on asylum, protection, and human rights in the MENA region troughout 2012.