Honorary Members

Mary Nazzal

Human Rights Lawyer
Member of the Bar of England and Wales, graduate of the universities of Columbia and London. Mary Nazzal is a barrister specialized in international human rights law with a particular emphasis on Palestinian rights. She is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. Her academic background includes a BA in political science (highest honours) from Columbia University in New York; and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with distinction from the College of Law in London and the Bar Vocational Course at Inns of Court School of Law. Mary also completed an MA at SOAS, University of London, and her thesis discussed the legalities surrounding the EU-Israel Association Agreement as well as donors complicity in the continued illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Mary was the co-founder and Chair of the Palestine Legal Aid Fund (PLAF). This non-profit entity was designed to facilitate strategic legal action on behalf of Palestinian victims of human right abuse and to hold Israel accountable for violations of international law. PLAF was responsible for the planning and execution of several civil and criminal cases across a variety of jurisdictions including England and Spain. Mary has lectured widely on the international legal mechanisms available to the Palestinian people. A sample can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4krFwjLYALs&feature=youtu.be In 2013 Mary was the only Jordanian selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. The choice of those leaders was based on their dedication of their time and talent towards making the world a better place. Mary Nazzal serves on the Board of several organisations devised to serve Palestinian interests on an international level including Al Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, and the Palestine International Institute. In September 2014, Mary’s work was featured as a cover story of Forbes magazine and she was chosen as one of “Forbes’ 200 Most Powerful Arab Women” in 2014.
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