Lama Karamé is a DPhil Candidate at the Faculty of law, affiliated with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She is a Graduate Research Resident at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights for the year 2020. Her doctoral research explores legal pluralism and the social construction of the child in Lebanon through an empirical investigation in religious and state courts.

Lama is a lawyer, senior researcher and former board member of the Beirut-based regional NGO and research centre, The Legal Agenda. Prior to coming to Oxford, she directed the strategic litigation programme at the said centre, where she litigated landmark human rights cases before Lebanese courts. She had published numerous studies, policy papers and articles commenting on issues of family law, children’s rights and women’s rights in Lebanon. Her previous research broadly focuses on questions of law and social mobilisation, and namely the use of strategic litigation in the Middle East and North Africa.

She is a holder of a bachelor's degree in Public Law from the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Lebanese University. In 2015, she graduated with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) with an LLM in Law, Culture and Society earning the Sarah Spells Prize for the best performing student and the Best Dissertation awards for her master’s thesis.  Prior to completing her masters, Lama was a visiting scholar at the Columbia Law School in New York, her research focused on the role of legal professions in promoting public interest law.

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Human rights law, family law, children's rights, sociology of childhood, sociology of law, legal professions and social mobilisation. 

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