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Mahmoud Abdou

PhD Candidate

Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Mahmoud M A Abdou left Palestine in 2003 to study for the International Baccalaureate at Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, which he completed in 2005. Since then, he earned an additional number of full scholarships that allowed him to pursue and complete a BA in Political Science with a minor in Economics at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA in 2009, MA in American Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany in 2012, MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica in 2013, and MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2014. His current PhD research is informed by TWAIL, the 'Third World Approach to International Law' and 'postcolonialism' in International Relations theory and his thesis is entitled "International Law and the Territorial Controls of Non-State Armed Groups in Yemen and Libya (2011-2015). This PhD thesis is funded by the University of Warwick through the Chancellor's International (Sanctuary) Scholarship and is supervised by Dr. Briony Jones with an expected completion date of September 2021.

Since joining PAIS in 2017, Mahmoud worked as an Associate Tutor for the two, 1st year undergraduate modules 'World Politics' and 'Introduction to Politics,' and in March 2019 he achieved the status of Associate Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. He also acted as the Public Relations Officer of the Friends of Palestine Society at Warwick University's Student Union in 2018 and as the Secretary of the PAIS PhD Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) for the 2018-2019 academic year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Mahmoud is working as a Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant for the 2nd year UG module 'The Politics of International Development.'

Scholarships and Grants

Full Scholarship, Chancellor’s International (Sanctuary) Scholarship, University of Warwick, UK (2017 – 2021)

Full Scholarship, LSE, UK (2013-2014)

Full Tuition Waiver, UN Mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica (2012-2013)

Full Scholarship, Wild Foundation International, University of Heidelberg, Germany (2010-2012)

Full Scholarship, Lutfia Rabbani, The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands (2011)

Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, Middlebury College Language Schools, Vermont, USA (2009)

Full Scholarship, Davis/Middlebury College, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA (2005-2009)

Full Scholarship, Red Cross Nordic United World College, Norway (2003-2005)

Current Research Interests

The Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

'Postcolonialism' and International Relations Theory

Public International Law

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

'Territory' and 'Territoriality'

'Non-State Armed Groups'

Peace and Conflict Studies

Conference Presentations (2017 - Present)

"Sharing the State for Peace? Advances and Challenges in the Study of Territorial Self-Governance as a Tool of Conflict Management." A panel organised as part of the (Virtual) General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), 24-28 August 2020.

Queen's University Belfast, New Perspectives on Non-State Political Violence, Belfast, 22-23 November 2019

Warwick's Department of Politics and International Studies 5th Annual Research Conference, Warwick 2 July 2019

Warwick Law School's Annual Conference, Warwick 27 June 2019

University of Liverpool's Third PGR Conference in International Law and Human Rights: Hope in International Law, Liverpool 17 -18 June 2019

Joint PhD Workshop on Law and Development Cardiff University, University of Kent and the University of Warwick, Cardiff 13-14 June 2019

Durham University's Annual PGR Law Conference: Human Rights in a Changing Context, Durham 9-10 May 2019

Nottingham University's Sixth Annual Postgraduate Conference in Politics and International Relations: Contesting Boundaries: Understanding our Increasingly Complex World, Nottingham 21 June 2018

Cardiff and Warwick Law Schools' First Annual Law and Development Workshop, Warwick, Warwick 10-11 May 2018

Warwick Law School's PhD Symposium, Warwick 1 May 2018