Professor Bahija Jamal

Dr Bahija Jamal is a Law Professor at Hassan II University of Casablanca, Mohammedia Faculty of Law.  She has an extensive expertise on the nexus of migration, anti-human trafficking and countering violent extremism and terrorism.  She led teams in conducting academic researchers in the field of Conflict Transformation, human trafficking, forced displacement and new trends of contemporary migration. For more than 10 years, she has worked and advised international organizations on how to deal with organized terrorism through a combined security approach and a human right-based and gender perspectives. She is a key contributor to the United Nations regional events in the Middle East and North Africa, with a specific reference to the role women in preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism.  She previously worked for the UNHCR as Officer in charge of eligibility of Refugee Status Determination. She also worked for the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs. In that capacity, she represented the Ministry at the Committee in charge of drafting Morocco’s anti-trafficking law and the one in charge of drafting the Moroccan Immigration Law. Dr Bahija Jamal has a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in International Law from Hassan II University in Casablanca–Faculty of Law.  Her research focuses on the international protection of women refugees through a gender approach. She is currently teaching transnational organized crimes (smuggling of migrants and human trafficking), terrorism and Combating Racism and Hate Speech.  She contributes to the development of the academic field by supervising Ph.D. researchers in their thesis on the aforementioned themes.