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Leila Hanafi

Leila Hanafi is a legal expert who brings fresh insight on law and judicial issues to The North Africa Journal. Based in Washington DC and with a dual Moroccan-American citizenship, Ms. Hanafi is also Staff Attorney and Programs Manager at the World Justice Project. Prior, Ms. Hanafi held various legal positions at the World Bank, including in the areas of operations, finance, and legal and judicial reforms. Ms. Hanafi serves on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations related to the areas of international law and development, with a focus on North Africa. Ms. Hanafi has published several academic papers and articles, contributed to a few published works on legal systems of North Africa, and have been profiled in several national and international media outlets for her work. Ms. Hanafi is an Honors graduate from American University and Georgetown University in Washington DC, and she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in International Law. She can be reached at
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