Noha Aboueldahab

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Noha Aboueldahab is a nonresident senior fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs. She is an assistant professor of international law at Georgetown University in Qatar and serves on the advisory board of the American Society of International Law’s Transitional Justice and Rule of Law interest group.


Aboueldahab is an award-winning specialist in transitional justice and is the author of Transitional Justice and the Prosecution of Political Leaders in the Arab Region (Hart, 2017). She has authored many publications, including in the International Criminal Law Review and the Journal of International Criminal Justice. Her op-eds have been published by Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, and The Globe and Mail, among others.


Aboueldahab serves on the editorial board of Hart Publishing’s Studies in International and Comparative Criminal Law and is a peer reviewer for several academic journals and think tanks. Her forthcoming book examines how Arab diasporas have expanded the political, intellectual, and socio-legal spaces of transitional justice. One of her priorities is to help generate a richer global exchange of ideas and analysis by drawing more attention to transitional justice developments in the Middle East and North Africa.


Aboueldahab previously served as a fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program in DC. Since 2003, she has worked at various United Nations agencies and NGOs. Aboueldahab is regularly consulted by governments, civil society, international organizations, and media including Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, and the Washington Post.

Research Areas

  • Transitional justice
  • International criminal law
  • Conflict resolution
  • Arab Spring transitions

Countries of Focus

Middle East and North Africa

Other Areas of Interest

  • Human rights
  • Civil society
  • Transitional governance


  • Ph.D., Law, Durham University, 2015
  • M.A., International and Comparative Legal Studies, SOAS, 2006
  • Hons. B.A., International Relations & Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Toronto and Sciences Po Paris, 2003


Middle East Council experts offer their thoughts on the unfolding crisis in Palestine-Israel that began on October 7.
Ali Bin Musa, Shahram Akbarzadeh, Sahar Khamis, Nader S. Kabbani, Beverley Milton Edwards, Hamidreza Azizi, Omar H. Rahman, Galip Dalay, Noha Aboueldahab, Saoud El Mawla, Faozi Al-Goidi
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 set new ground for what it means to have an inclusive and safe tournament. How can these policies be implemented in future World Cups?
Noha Aboueldahab, Tanner Manley
With the Islamic Republic engulfed in crisis, Middle East Council experts weigh in on the protests rocking the country, issues of accountability, and what they mean for the wider region.
Omar H. Rahman, Tarik M. Yousef, Ranj Alaaldin, Noha Aboueldahab, Galip Dalay