Conference Presenter Profile

Mohammed Mattar

Name: Mohammed Mattar

Professional Title: Clincal Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic

Affiliation: Qatar University Collage of Law

Country: Qatar

Title of Presentation(s):

  • Resolving Labor Disputes Through Law Clinics and Pro Bono Legal Funds: The View from Qatar University College of Law

Short Bio: Dr. Mohamed Y. Mattar Clinical Professor of Law at Qatar University College of Law Dr. Mattar’s professional expertise is in comparative and international law, especially human rights law. Recognized as an international expert on anti-trafficking legislation, Dr. Mattar has worked over 15 years in more than 75 countries, including countries in the Middle East, to promote state compliance with international human rights standards and to advise governments on drafting, implementing, and enforcing anti-trafficking legislation and related human rights laws. Since 2001, as the Executive Director, Dr. Mattar has been leading the work of The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies focusing on 7 areas namely, combating trafficking in persons, clinical legal education; corporate social responsibility; legal reform; promotion of religious dialogue; building civil society capacity; and human rights education. Dr. Mattar was privileged to contribute to the proliferation of the clinical legal education movement in Arab universities. He was appointed as the Director of the Law Clinic at Qatar University College of Law. Dr. Mattar has testified in the United States on the status of human trafficking around the world at various Congressional Hearings, including the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; the Helsinki Committee for Security and Cooperation; the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness; the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights; and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights. He also testified before the Russian Duma, the Mexican Senate,the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights and the Egyptian Parliament. He has served as a member of numerous United Nations expert groups, as well as an advisor to the League of Arab States, UNODC, UNDP, ILO, IOM,UNFEM, the CEDAW Committee, the World Bank and the Bibliotheca Alexandria. He wrote the inter- parliamentary Handbook on the Appropriate Responses to the Problem of Trafficking in Persons. Most recently he co-drafted the United Nations Model Law on Legal Aid. Dr. Mattar taught courses on International Trafficking in Persons; Corporate Social Responsibility; International Contract Law; Comparative Law; Obligations, Labor Law, Evidence, Lease, Contract Drafting Techniques; Investment and Trade Laws of the Middle East; Islamic Law in American Courts , Drafting Human Rights Legislation, Legal Ethics, Buisness Clinics ; Introduction to the American Legal System; International Business and Human Rights; The Arab Charter on Human Rights and International Human Rights. Dr. Mattar, as a Senior Research Professor of International Law, co-taught the International Human Rights Clinic at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, which he founded. He was also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society. He was an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law, Georgetown Law Center and Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law. Dr. Mattar still serves as a non-resident distinguished professor of law at Alexandria University. Dr. Mattar received his Doctorate of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M) from Tulane University, his Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) from University of Miami, and his License en Droit (LL.B.) from Alexandria University. He received the " Distinguished Leadership Award " from the Qatar Foundation to Combat Human Trafficking and the " Public Service in International Law Award " from the District of Columbia Bar. Dr. Mattar was also a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship , the American Peace fellowship , the Egyptian Research grant and the British Council fellowship.

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