Sarah Saadoun is a researcher working on corruption at Human Rights Watch. She investigates the human rights impact of corruption and poor financial governance with a particular focus on resource-rich countries.
Saadoun was formerly the Leonard H. Sandler fellow in Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, where she researched and reported on human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine. Her primary focus was human rights and international humanitarian law violations associated with businesses operating in or with Israeli settlements in the West Bank, as well as developing broader guidance for companies active in situations of occupation. While covering Israel and Palestine, Saadoun also investigated extrajudicial killings, house demolitions, and abuse of minors in police detention.
Saadoun received a law degree from Columbia Law Shool in 2014, a master’s degree in comparative literature from Hebrew University in 2009, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Queens College of the City University of New York in 2004.