Co-Director, Human Rights and Privatization Project

Bassam Khawaja is a human rights lawyer and co-director of the Human Rights and Privatization Project at NYU Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. The project examines how the privatization of essential services and sectors affects the realization of human rights, particularly for low income people. Previously, he worked as 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, refugee and migrant rights, torture, education, free speech, women’s rights, the right to health, and environmental rights. He received a Bachelor’s degree 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 and the Advisory Board of the Public Interest Fellow Program at Columbia Law School.

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