Kenza Bouanane is a Legal Research Associate at the Human Rights Foundation, analyzing politics, pro-democracy movements, civil liberties, and authoritarianism with the legal and policy team, with an interest in women’s rights, transnational repression, and international accountability mechanisms. Under HRF’s Center for Law and Democracy, Kenza has researched and authored reports on political regime developments in countries under authoritarian rule, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa. She supports the organization’s Impact Litigation program, advocacy efforts, policy discourse, and the annual Oslo Freedom Forum.
Before joining HRF, Kenza graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University, where she studied Philosophy and International Relations, with a concentration in International Law and Organization, at the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship & Affairs. Kenza is an inducted member in the International Honor Society of International Studies, Sigma Iota Rho. She earned Highest Distinction Honors for her thesis: United Nations Human Rights Instruments & Democratization: Does Human Rights Treaty Accession Cause Regimes to Become More Democratic?