Researchers & Contributors


The Transitional Justice Research Clinic (TJRC) engages researchers from inside and outside the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Among others, contributors to the TJRC are (alphabetically):

Mahmoud Farag: Mahmoud is the project officer of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in the Arab World (ANSA-Arab World) at CARE International in Egypt. Previously, Mahmoud was a consultant at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Cairo where he coordinated the work of migrant community health volunteers. Mahmoud also worked as an assistant program officer for monitoring and evaluation at the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Cairo. Prior to that, Mahmoud spent more than three years leading the Community Outreach Team at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA-Egypt) where he managed a team of four refugee community outreach officers. Mahmoud holds an MA in International Human Rights Law and a BA in Political Science with a specialization in International Law from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Contact:

Sam Holder: Sam is a professional educator and writer residing in Cairo, Egypt. He has instructed in several capacities for the American University in Cairo and remains politically active in post-Revolution Egypt. His research interests include critical legal theory, Palestinian and Israeli jurisprudence and critical pedagogy. He graduated from Clark University with a BA in English Literature and Holocaust History and received his MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo. Contact:

Charlotte Kaeppel: Charlotte works on the Practice to Theory and the Peace and Dialogue Platform in Lebanon, which is a joined initiative and platform of the Peace Appeal Foundation, Common Space Initiative, the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery (UNDP BCPR) and the Berghof Foundation. She received her M.A. in International Human Rights Law from the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, and her Mag. Phil in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Previously, she has worked extensively at the intersection of human rights and public international law in both the Middle East and Mexico, with a variety of non-governmental and multi-lateral institutions. Contact:

Janet McKnight: Janet is a PhD Candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Kent, and focuses her research on the intersection between social theory, transitional justice, and development in post-conflict societies. An attorney by training, Janet holds a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is especially interested in discovering new ways to creatively map post-conflict transitions through infographics and graphic design. Contact:

Alexia Solomou: Alexia is the research and publications assistant to the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. She was previously a Law Clerk at the International Court of Justice as a Columbia Law School Fellow. She also has professional experience with the Liaison Office of the International Criminal Court at the United Nations, the Multilateral Affairs and International Organizations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, and the Commission of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the French Secretariat of Amnesty International. Contact:

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