Khawla Wakkaf is a Syrian human rights attorney and a Doctor of Juridical Science candidate at the Law School. She earned her LL.B. from the University of Tishreen School of Law, Syria in 2010 and her L.L.M. degree from the Syracuse University College of Law where she received the Civil Society Leadership Award from Open Society Foundations.  

Before joining the JSD program at Notre Dame Law School, Khawla worked as a legal fellow at Women Enabled International where she was awarded the Civil Society Professional Program Award for her work and served as the organization’s representative to the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security. Khawla helped deliver humanitarian aid assistance to people from all over the world while serving with the American Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

Her research interests include international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, Disability law, and immigration law. At Notre Dame, Khawla’s research intends to focus on the topic of reparation and the treatment of refugees and migrants under international law.  

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