Professorial Lecturer in Law
Dr. Leila Hanafi is a Moroccan-American international development lawyer with the World Bank Group where she serves as the focal point on the global program on forced displacement and principal of ARPA Dispute Resolution Law Firm. Previously, Dr. Hanafi served in legal advisory roles to international NGOs, foreign governments, and United Nations agencies, including UNDP, UNOPS, and UN ESCWA. Prior to that, she held positions as Legal Commissioner in the Moroccan Government following the 2011 constitutional reforms, staff attorney at the American Bar Association’s World Justice Project, and regional legal coordinator for the International Criminal Court’s coalition work across the Middle East and North Africa.
Dr. Hanafi was doctorated at the University of Kent, Law School (UK) with a full-merit doctoral scholarship and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies from George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University, American University School of International Service, and Mohamed V University (Morocco).