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Bassam Khawaja

Counsel, Human Rights and Privatization Project

Biography:

Bassam Khawaja is Counsel to the Human Rights and Privatization Project at NYU Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and is a Supervising Attorney and Lecturer in Law at the Smith Family Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. He previously worked as co-director of the Human Rights and Privatization Project, Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, and for Human Rights Watch, where he was the Lebanon and Kuwait researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division and the Leonard H. Sandler Fellow in the children’s rights division. His work has focused on poverty and inequality, the human rights implications of privatization, refugee and migrant rights, torture, education, free speech, women’s rights, the right to health, and
environmental rights. He received a BA from Macalester College and a JD from Columbia University, where he was a James Kent Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He sits on the Advisory Committee of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch.