Hadeel Abu Hussein

Bonavero Early Career Fellow Academic Year 2020-2021, Research Visitor Hilary Term 2021 & Academic Year 2018-2019

Other affiliations

St Antony's College


Dr Hadeel Abu Hussein, a female lawyer, she holds a PhD in Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research is exploring the evolution of land law within ethnic states and international law how states are constructing land regime to exercise the exclusion of the minority groups, engaging with the insights of legal geography theory. 

Previously, she was Senior research fellow and consultancy advisor at The Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, Heidelberg, Germany; for the Middle East & North Africa projects. "Strengthening the new Constitutional Court in Morocco". The projects focus on supporting justice institutions, governments and parliaments as well as non-state actors in various areas of law, such as public international law, the protection of human rights, international fair trial standards, international humanitarian law, comparative constitutional law and administrative law. Also, she was a Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Mansfield College, University of Oxford. 

Hadeel studied LL.B and LL.M degrees at Tel Aviv University; she is a member of the Israel Lawyers Bar. Prior to starting her doctorate studies in Ireland, she completed an Executive Education, 'Leadership Program for Legal and Business Women, Legal and Business Fellowship' at the Wharton Business School and Penn law at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. While at the National University of Ireland she was a Doctorate Fellow, where she taught international human rights law and minority rights. Following that, she spent time as a postgraduate visitor at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany. 

Currently, her research is dealing with public international law, human rights law and comparative constitutionalism. Exploring the transformative nature of law itself, as it was applied as a critical instrument in the colonial context, it is an attempt to analyse the extended discourse on law, power and colonialism. Hadeel's research focuses on international legal discourse in the Middle East, Israel/Palestine conflict, human rights, social justice and decoloniality. Her work is enlightened by and engages with Third World Approaches to International Law.

Alongside her research, Hadeel practices human rights law and constitutional law in Israel/Palestine, and MENA region where she still collaborating with human rights organisations international civil-society organisations as legal advisor and volunteer. Also, Hadeel is a member at the Centre for Palestinian Studies London Middle East Institute at SOAS and Max Planck Alumni and Early Career Researchers.

While in residence at Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford Hadeel is simultaneously researching two projects. The first project examines colonisation, nationalism and ethnocracy through the relationship between international law and politics. The second project investigates revolutionary courts, which explores the constitutional courts' role in promoting human rights and comparative constitutionalism. Hadeel research interests include international human rights law, humanitarian law, national security, social justice, legal geography, nationalism, and Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Her work will engage with postcolonial theory and third world Approaches to International Law. The research will culminate in papers to in be published in 2021.

Hadeel has also been appointed as an Early Career Fellow, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College, Oxford Law Faculty.