Noha is a transitional justice specialist, author and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, Qatar, conducting research on human rights, politics and international law in the Middle East and North Africa. She draws on first-hand experiences of the impact of law in conflict, post-conflict and authoritarian contexts, gained from over 15 years working in this field at NGOs, international institutions, universities and think-tanks. Her work is cited by leading scholars and policymakers, and is included as required reading in several European and North American postgraduate programmes. Her research often reaches beyond academia to inform policymaking and to provide informed analysis on current events for media outlets including the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera, reaching millions of viewers worldwide.
"This award... not only serves as recognition of the impact of years of hard work, but it also recognises the centrality of an issue that is close to my heart: justice. I believe this award will help draw more attention to the importance of critical research for informed policymaking, especially in contexts of war and authoritarian rule."
Noha's book presents the first in-depth comparative study of transitional justice in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. In 2017 Noha founded a transitional justice network that aims to produce critical research and outreach to legal and political stakeholders in the region. She is also Vice-Chair of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law. Noha’s studies at UK universities supported her to undertake original research in challenging environments with key actors involved in conflict resolution, transitional justice and criminal accountability processes. Noha obtained an MA in International & Comparative Legal Studies from SOAS, University of London and a PhD in Law from Durham Law School, Durham University.