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Humanitarian Action in the Middle East and North Africa Under Scrutiny: Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement

A lecture by Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard University

Naz Modirzadeh is Associate Director at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, where she oversees international humanitarian law and policy activities. In her research, much of it carried out in countries across the Middle East and Afghanistan, Modirzadeh focuses on the intersections between International humanitarian law, human rights law, and Islamic law. She speaks and presents regularly in academic and professional circles on these topics. She also advises UN agencies, NGOs and governments on issues relating to IHL and civilian protection. Her publications range from policy and monitoring reports, to in-depth examinations of broader issues, such as on "Taking Islamic Law Seriously: INGOs and the Battle for Muslim Hearts and Minds" published in the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Her most recent publication is, "The Dark Sides of Convergence: A Pro-Civilian Critique of the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict" in the Naval War College Blue Book's 86th Volume.

Since 2008, Ms. Modirzadeh is also the co-host for a monthly series of live seminars webcast from Harvard University, debating critical issues in humanitarian law and policy, typically attracting hundreds of academic, legal, humanitarian, military and UN professionals from around the world. In addition to her academic work, Ms. Modirzadeh has led advanced level trainings and workshops for humanitarian professionals around the world, including in OPT, Kenya, Afghanistan, Jordan, and throughout Europe. Ms. Modirzadeh previously worked for Human Rights Watch, and later served as Assistant Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Law graduate program at the American University in Cairo. Ms. Modirzadeh received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar.

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