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Mahmoud Abdou


PhD Candidate

Associate Tutor



Mahmoud 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, an MA in American Studies at Heidelberg University in Germany in 2012, an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica in 2013, and an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2014. His current PhD research is at the intersection of International Law and International Relations theory and his thesis is entitled "International Law and the Territorial Controls of Non-State Armed Groups in Yemen and Libya (2011-2018). 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 has worked as an Associate Tutor for the 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 acted as the Public Relations Officer of the Friends of Palestine Society at Warwick University's Student Union in 2018 and for the 2018-2019 academic year he is the Secretary of the PhD Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) at PAIS.

Current Research Interests

The Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

International Relations Theory

Public International Law

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

Territory and Non-State Armed Groups

Peace and Conflict Studies

Conference Presentations

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, 10-11 May 2018

Warwick Law School's PhD Symposium, 1 May 2018