Associate Professor of Legal Studies
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: LLB London School of Economics and Political Science; LLM University of California - Berkeley; PhD University of London
Research Areas: International Refugee Law; Migration; Citizenship
Jinan Bastaki is Associate Professor of Legal Studies. She holds an LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an LLM from the University of California (Berkeley), and a PhD from the University of London (SOAS).
Bastaki is an international law scholar focusing on forced displacement, human rights, refugee law, and citizenship. She is particularly interested in the lived experiences of those impacted by the law, how the law regulates access and belonging, and what those experiences reveal about the law itself. In 2018, her paper on nationality-based detention of migrants won the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law's (IIHL) best essay prize. Her work has appeared in major publications, including the Journal of Refugee Studies, Citizenship Studies, Refugee Survey Quarterly, and others.
Prior to her current appointment, Bastaki was Associate Professor of International Law and Vice-Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs at UAEU. In fall 2022, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford's Center for Socio-Legal Studies, and she has taught refugee law for the IIHL.