Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division

Lama Fakih is the Syria and Lebanon researcher at Human Rights Watch. Previously, she worked as the Gender, Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at the New York University School of Law.  In 2009, Fakih consulted for the Iraqi Refugee Assistant Project in Damascus, Syria where she provided legal assistance to Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement to the United States. In 2008-2009 she was the Center Fellow at CHRGJ, where she worked on a range of human rights issues including corporate accountability and human rights and counter-terrorism. Additionally, Fakih was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on the implementation of Islamic law in the Egyptian National Courts. Fakih holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Middle East studies from Sarah Lawrence College  and a law degree from New York University, where she was awarded the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize for her work in the university’s International Human Rights Clinic. She speaks Arabic.