Tarek Hamam

Tarek is a lawyer specializing in human rights advocacy, transitional justice, and the law of refugee protection. He entered the Canadian public service through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, and serves as Legal Counsel with the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Tarek worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon and Sudan, served as a legal advisor to the Palestinian peace negotiations team, and taught courses on human rights and international humanitarian law at a university in Jerusalem and a refugee camp in Bethlehem. He has also volunteered with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa and as a basketball coach for youth from underserved communities in Lebanon.

Tarek received an Honours B.A. (with high distinction) from the University of Toronto, majoring in International Relations and Commerce. He went on to earn a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. More recently, Tarek graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford, where he obtained a Masters in International Human Rights Law. Away from work, he enjoys basketball, surfing, and backpacking.