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Mahmoud M A Abdou

Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Dr. 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 (2009), MA in American Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany (2012), MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica (2013), and MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2014).

Since joining PAIS in 2017, Mahmoud wrote a PhD thesis on "International Law and the Territorial Controls of Non-State Armed Groups in Yemen and Libya (2011-2015)," which is informed by TWAIL, the 'Third World Approach to International Law,' and 'postcolonialism' in International Relations theory. In 2018 he acted as the Public Relations Officer of the Friends of Palestine Society at the University's Student Union, and for the 2018-2019 academic year he was the Secretary of the PAIS PhD Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). He has also co-taught the three UG modules 'World Politics,' 'Introduction to Politics' and 'The Politics of International Development.' In March 2019, Mahmoud became an Associate Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and on 10 January 2022 he successfully defended his PhD thesis and passed his viva voce.

For the current academic year (2021-2022), Mahmoud has additionally been working as a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies of SOAS, University of London. He has taught the following five modules at SOAS, one at the UG level and four at the PG level: 'Intro to International Relations,' 'General Diplomatic Studies,' 'International Theory,' 'Risk and Policy Analysis,' and 'Conflict, Rights and Justice.'

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)

PhD Thesis Presentation, “Territoriality and the Territorial Controls of Non-State Armed Groups,” a paper presented at the online Postgraduate Symposium on "New Approaches to Interdisciplinarity in MENA Studies," organised by the Irish Network for MENA Studies, 12-13 November 2021.

“Territoriality and the Territorial Controls of Non-State Armed Groups,” a paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Peace & Conflict Research Network - University of Warwick, 10 November 2021.

“Arab Spring Ten Years on: a Webinar on the Intersections of Arab Studies and International Law,” Co-organised by the Contemporary Arab World Centre of the Eötvös Loránd University and the Department of Public International Law of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary, 14 June 2021.

"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