“Access to free legal advice for vulnerable people trying to establish their position in society is a vital service. Nezar’s very practical and clear Action Plan connects with the work of John Smith Fellow Yousef Wehbeh, also from the Palestinian territories.” Brian Brivati, Academic Programme Director
Nezar Chaaban is a legal consultant specialising in the international protection of vulnerable groups, civilian crisis management, and peace building. He is currently working for the UNHCR’s protection unit that deals with the Syrian refugee crisis. As a lawyer Nezar helped found and lead the Nahr el Bared Reconstruction Commission after the Nahr el Bared Palestinian refugee camp was destroyed following an armed conflict in 2007 and its entire population displaced. Nezar volunteered as the Commission’s legal advisor and representative to the government until 2011. Nezar has also worked for the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs as a Research Assistant on modes of governance in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East.
Nezar’s action plan is to oversee the creation of a pro bono legal aid NGO which would offer advice and representation for vulnerable Palestinians. He will also provide legal training for lawyers and community leaders on issues related to refugee rights and security as well as disseminating information among the population regarding international humanitarian law.