Wafa Ben-Hassine

MENA Policy Counsel

Wafa Ben-Hassine leads Access Now’s policy and advocacy arms in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) as the organization’s local Policy Counsel. Through working in the field of digital rights, Wafa brings with her experience related to human rights, internet governance, and civil society activism. Most recently, she completed an Open Technology Fund fellowship at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she researched counter-terrorism and cybercrime laws in select Arab countries and their impact on various human rights. Prior to her fellowship, Wafa has interned at the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal of Lebanon in The Hague and the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in drafting its annual human rights reports. Wafa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California San Diego, where she served as student body president. After completing her undergraduate studies, Wafa moved back to Tunisia. While there, she worked as a legislative aide to a National Constituent Assembly member, where she helped draft the preamble of the country’s new constitution, a columnist for Nawaat, and as the Editor in Chief of Tunisia Live. More than anything, Wafa loves the internet, classical music, and lemon sorbet.

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