Dr Mutaz M Qafisheh is the founding and current Dean and Associate Professor of International Law at Hebron University College of Law and Political Science, Palestine. He is a PhD supervisor at the University of Exeter. He holds a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and is a practicing international lawyer.
He founded the Hebron University thirteen legal clinics. He advises a number of global institutions, including the United Nations, the European Union and Palestine Liberation Organization. Dr Qafisheh formerly worked as Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Beirut and Ramallah. He served as: Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa at Penal Reform International, Amman; Director of Security Sector Reform, Birzeit University; Director of Legal Education, USAID, Jerusalem and Legal Advisor for the Palestinian Parliament. Dean Qafisheh co-founded the Human Rights Programme of Al-Quds-Bard College, Jerusalem-New York. He has authored and edited six books and some 50 peer-reviewed papers published in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Paris, Oslo, New York, Sydney, The Hague, Boston, Newcastle and Geneva. Dr Qafisheh’s scholarship focuses on international law, human rights, humanitarian law, international criminal law, negotiations, mediation, nationality/citizenship, migration, refugees, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, clinical legal education, gender, legislative drafting, juvenile justice and Islamic law. He has worked in over fifteen countries.