MEPC 2017 Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Prof-Manuel-Hassassian-5-IMAGEAmbassador Manuel Hassassian has been the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic representative to the United Kingdom since 2005. Prior to this he was professor of political science and held various other senior academic roles at Bethlehem University for twenty five years. In March 2015, he was awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award under the social driver category for his extensive work on promoting the rights of the Palestinian people as the country’s representative in the UK.


turnberg.jpegLord Leslie Turnberg is a Labour peer, President of the All Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group and a British medical professional. At the House of Lords, Turnberg speaks frequently on medical practice, medical ethics, and the Middle East. He is also author of many publications and books related to the medical and health services fields.



Conference Speakers

hodgkins.jpgDr. Allison Hodgkins is an assistant professor of international security and conflict management in the Department of Public Policy. A graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, she brings an interdisciplinary focus to the study of security that integrates theory, practice and regional perspectives. Prior to joining AUC, she spent more than 12 years in the Middle East working in international education. From 2006 to 2012 she directed the CIEE Study Center at the University of Jordan, which served more than 1,200 U.S. undergraduates and faculty during her tenure. She also served as academic director for a peace and conflict study-abroad program in Israel, Palestine and Jordan from 1995 to 2001.

Md Nazmul.jpgMr. Md Nazmul Islam is PhD researcher in Public Policy and International Development at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration (English) of Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University (AYBU). He holds a Turkish Government Scholarship and recently completed a project at SESRIC, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). He has presented his research at conferences internationally and has three years of research, teaching, analytical, management and organisational experience at universities and private and international organisations, including Democracy International (DI), Perspective English Magazine, the International Labour Organisation, University of Cambridge (UK), USAID, and UNDP.

Miguel LemosDr. Miguel Manero is Senior Instructor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Macau. He has written extensively about the work of the UN Security Council in relation to situations of international humanitarian law and human rights obligations, and presented his research including that on international criminal law at conferences internationally.

RapaportDr. Yossef Rapoport is a historian of the social, cultural and legal aspects of life in the Islamic, Arabic-speaking Middle East in its Middle Ages, from about 1000 to 1500 AD. He studied at the universities of Tel Aviv (Israel), Princeton (USA) and Oxford, before joining Queen Mary in 2008. His work mostly relates to the history of the Islamic Middle East under the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk dynasties and his main focus is the history of everyday life and the relatively unexplored history of women, slaves and peasants. He is also interested in the history of Islamic medieval maps. His research has followed the following routes: Women and gender in medieval Islam; History of Islamic law; Medieval Islamic maps; Peasants and nomads in the medieval Islam.

reybrouck.jpgMr. Karel Reybrouck is a PhD researcher and a teaching assistant at the Institute for Constitutional Law. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Law at the KU Leuven (July 2015, magna cum laude) and he studied at the Université Paris V Descartes (France) as an Erasmus student over the course of the academic year 2013-2014. As a student representative Karel was responsible for the quantitative enlargement of the Peer Assisted Learning-project at the Faculties of Law, Economics and Social Sciences. After finishing his studies, Karel interned at the Community Action Centre, a Human Rights organization affiliated with Al-Quds University. He assisted with the development of an international legal advocacy campaign concerning permanent residency revocations in East Jerusalem and conducted research about the policy of punitive house demolitions. Since September 2016, Karel is working on a PhD on the institutional structure of Brussels under the supervision of his promotor S. Sottiaux. Karel is also involved in the organization of tutorials, seminars and master thesis’s in the field of constitutional law.

sahadzic.pngMs. Maja Sahadzic is a researcher, lecturer, and expert legal advisor. At present, she is a doctoral researcher at the Government and Law research group at the Faculty of Law, the University of Antwerp. Her doctoral research under the supervision of prof. dr. Patricia Popelier is titled “Constitutional asymmetry in multi-tiered multinational systems”. Her work experience includes earlier academic positions at the universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the United States of America. She has also worked as a lawyer and journalist. So far, she has published over fifty books, book chapters and papers in journals and conference proceedings, within the field of constitutional law, international law, diplomacy, and security.

sial2.pngDr. Parshuram Sial
is working as Assistant Professor and Head of Department Political Science, Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Chakradharpur (A Constituent Unit of Kolhan University, Chaibasa), West-Singhbhum, Jharkhand. He has presented papers at many national and international seminars and has published articles in various edited books. He has worked on minor research projects sponsored by the University Grants Commission, Government of India, New Delhi. He has also been awarded “Bharat Siksha Ratan” by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi. He specialises Xinjiang, Central Asia, China, Energy, Uyghurs, Ethnicity, Dalits, Democracy, Human Rights, Israel-Palestine issues and Indian foreign policy. He has held various university and colleges committee, administrative and academic posts.

Sorene.jpegMr. James Sorene is the Chief Executive Officer of BICOM. Before joining BICOM James was a Senior Civil Servant for the UK Government and Head of Communications and Official Spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Prior to that, James held senior positions in communications at the Department of Health and the Home Office where he worked on counterterrorism. From 1997 to 2000 he was Head of Public Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London. He holds a Law degree from Queen Mary at the University of London and a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. James writes regularly for newspapers and websites about Israel and Middle East issues and appears frequently on UK TV and radio programmes.


Dr. Themistoklis Tzimas is a practicing public law and migration lawyer teaching international relations at the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the DEI College of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the University of Northampton and the University of London. He is as president of the Hellenic Youth Council (a member organization of the European Youth Forum) and has been responsible for various fact finding missions in the Middle East. He was a candidate for the Greek parliament in the most recent Greek general elections and write for various prominent Greek magazines including “Epikaira”,, and