PhD candidate and Syrian lawyer Ghuna Bdiwi has been awarded the 2016 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights from the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL).
“I could hardly think of a more worthy recipient for the CCIL’s 2016 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship,” said Osgoode Professor François Tanguay-Renaud, Ghuna’s doctoral supervisor. “Not only is her research on the role of processes of transitional justice and calls for criminal accountability in the very midst of conflicts (like the Syrian civil war) trailblazing, her active involvement in championing the plight of Syrian refugees in Canada, abroad, and in international institutions is nothing short of exemplary. She embodies some of the best of what Osgoode and York have to offer.”
The CCIL awards annually up to three John Peters Humphrey Student Fellowships in International Human Rights Law or International Organization. The Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in order to permit them to pursue full-time graduate studies at leading graduate institutions in Canada or worldwide.
The Fellowship applies for one year of full-time graduate study in international human rights law or international organization, and provides $10,000 for living expenses and up to a maximum of $10,000 for tuition fees.
In 2015, Bdiwi also received the International Center for Human Rights’ prestigious human rights award.