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Hooman Movassagh

Faculty, International Law, Shahid Beheshti University
Ph.D., Shahid Beheshti University, Law School, 2009
LL.M., Shahid Beheshti University, Law School, 2000
LL.B., Islamic Azad University - Tehran Central Branch, 1998

Hooman Movassagh started teaching in 2002 and has taught various courses on international law, human rights and philosophy of law in Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Having received his LL.B. in 1998, he received his LL.M. (2000) and Ph.D. (2009) in international law. His interdisciplinary Ph.D. thesis focused on the study of human cloning and human rights, involving issues of international law, human rights law and theory, and moral theory.

He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has had practical experience as legal consultant to various corporations, NGOs and public entities. He was actively involved in the debates concerning Iran’s possible accession to the Convention Against Torture (CAT-1984) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW- 1979). Movassagh was one of the main researchers of a national study for the preparation of a Draft Bill for the establishment of a National Mechanism for the Rights of the Child in Iran that was supported by various international and national entities including UNICEF and Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A member of the editorial board of the Iranian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, his research, publications and translations include issues on international law and organizations, human rights, humanitarian law, jurisprudence, and bioethics. His current research includes the legal and ethical dimensions of human organ transplants, the role and scope of the concepts of “harm” and “public morals” in the limitation of individual liberty within the context of international human rights law, and the paradigmatic challenges of human rights and Islam.

Movassagh is one of the original faculty members of the Center and UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Peace and Democracy of Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran, Iran) and is the director of the Bioethics Group of that chair. He has been a scholar in residence at the University of Virginia School of Law since September of 2012.


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