Doctoral researcher in the War Studies Department at King's College London
Ms. Salma Al-Kudwah is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in International Law in Armed Conflicts at the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, a joint center of IHEID and University of Geneva. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (IR) from the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and was a visiting student at Cambridge University in the U.K. where she studied foreign policy and conflict resolution. During her academic life, she participated in various events and conferences, including leading Human Rights Law moot court competition in the U.S.
Her current thesis research examines the dilemma of terrorism between International Law and Islamic Law in light of growing threats and misconceptions.
In 2012, Ms. Al-Kudwah started as an intern at the Middle East and North Africa Bureau of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, where her work was particularly focused on the humanitarian response to the Syria situation at its onset.
In 2013, she continued her work at UNHCR's External Relations Division within the organization's regional representation to the Gulf Countries, based in Saudi Arabia, overlooking key refugee operations, mainly: Syria, Yemen, Myanmar and Somalia. As part of her work, she liaised closely with governmental and non-governmental institutes, including: Ministries, Embassies, Humanitarian Foundations and Media.
She also conducted field visits to refugee camps adjacent to conflict zones and prepared regular political/security analysis on concurrent developments at the regional and international levels.