Jinan Bastaki


Jinan Bastaki is an international law scholar and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Studies at New York University, Abu Dhabi.

Her research areas are human rights, refugee law, and citizenship. She is particularly interested in the lived experiences of those impacted by the law, how the law regulates access and belonging, and what those experiences reveal about the law itself. Her most recent research has been on refugee protection in States not party to the 1951 Convention.

Jinan completed her PhD in 2017, and her thesis examined the legal implications of the acquisition of citizenship for the Palestinian right of return, and the changing relationship between Palestinian refugees and acquiring citizenship based on their beliefs about the law.

Her work has appeared in major publications, including the Journal of Refugee StudiesCitizenship StudiesRefugee Survey Quarterly, and others. In 2018, her paper on nationality-based detention of migrants won the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross' best essay prize. She has also worked with refugee aid organizations in Greece and Jordan.

At the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Jinan will be examining how the UAE's participation in the international legal order has impacted the content and practice of women's citizenship. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, UC Berkeley, and SOAS. Previously, she taught for the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo.