Sponsor: Safari/Heidari-Bateni Foundation
Omar Shakir, currently pursuing his JD at Stanford University’s School of Law, holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he held the Khaled Juffali Scholarship, and a BA with honors in International Relations from Stanford. A 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar in Syria, his academic work has focused on contemporary politics, human rights, and the rule of law in the Arab world. Born of Iraqi descent and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Omar has been actively involved in organizing around developments in the Middle East and has spearheaded humanitarian projects, conducted research, and worked in Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, and the West Bank.
At Stanford, Omar serves as president of the International Law Society, president of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program, co-chair of the campus chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and vice-president of the Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East, which he co-founded. As an undergraduate, he was president of the Muslim Students Awareness Network in the year it was named Organization of the Year by the Student Union, founder and president of Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel, and was elected to the Undergraduate Senate with the most votes in the association’s history. He spent this summer as a legal intern at the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague.
2015 Update: Omar graduated in 2013 is a legal fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
2016 Update: Omar works as Israel and Palestine Country Director at Human Rights Watch.