Noha Aboueldahab

Nonresident Fellow


Noha Aboueldahab is a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and at the Brookings Doha Center. She teaches public international law as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Qatar. Aboueldahab is an award-winning specialist in transitional justice in the Arab region. Her book,  Transitional Justice and the Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region: A comparative study of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen (Oxford, Hart Publishing: 2017), presents an in-depth comparative study and challenges mainstream transitional justice practice and scholarship using original material from interviews she conducted in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen between 2011 and 2017. She is guest editor of two special issues of the International Criminal Law Review: “The Ethnography of Armed Conflict” (2019) and “Time, Transition, and Justice”(forthcoming 2021). She also serves as book editor for the International Criminal Law Review.
One of Aboueldahab’s priorities is to help generate a richer global exchange of ideas and analysis by drawing more attention to the exciting and rapid transitional justice developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
Aboueldahab is Co-Chair of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law. She is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the Middle East Studies Association, the Law and Society Association, and the American Society of International Law.
Since 2003, she has worked in the fields of international law, human rights and development at various United Nations agencies and NGOs. She served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University Qatar (2019/2020), where she designed and taught a new course on Public International Law. Aboueldahab has also guest lectured courses on law and anthropology at Northwestern University and on law and development at Melbourne Law School, and served as junior faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy. She is a recipient of research and travel grants from University College London, Durham Law School, the Modern Law Review, Harvard Law School, and the Middle East Studies Association. Aboueldahab is regularly consulted by governments, civil society, international organizations, and media including Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, among others.