Melkar el-KhouMelkar el Khoury is the founder and director of the CENTRAL RESEARCH HOUSE for research and consultancy. He is a lecturer in Ethics and Code of conduct at the Sagesse University in Beirut, and has previously lectured at the American University of Technology (AUT) – Lebanon, the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Messina University-Italy on human rights; the history of political and legal institutions in the Mediterranean; religion and the Islamic law in the Mediterranean. He has an extended experience in political management, gender and diversity, and has previously worked at Oxfam-GB, UNHCR, and the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and is an ILO certified Participatory Gender Audit Facilitator. He has also worked in political management consulting. Melkar has published several political and academic articles in addition to publications on humanitarian law and civilians’ rights in internal conflicts, and capital punishment. He is a regular contributor to the “World Bank’s” report: The Women, Business and The Law (WBL), and is a V-Dem project country expert. He is a member of the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights/Lebanon, the US State Department Alumni and the John Smith Memorial Trust Fellowship. Melkar holds an M.A. in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Malta and the Wallenberg Institute/Lund University- Sweden and a B.A in Lebanese law from the Lebanese University.