Leyan AlMaqousi, born in Gaza Strip, has a lifelong commitment to understanding the complex interplay of law and justice that significantly shapes nations and impacts lives. Her upbringing in a region often at the forefront of conflict fueled her deep passion for law and justice, inspiring her to engage in social causes from a young age. She holds two law degrees: an LLB from IE University in Madrid, Spain, where she received the Academic Excellence Scholarship, and a dual degree in Civil and English Law from the University of Law in the UK, graduating with Upper Second Class Honours Distinction.
Leyan’s professional experience is rich and varied. She currently serves as a paralegal at Eversheds Sutherland, a globally recognized top 10 law practice, where she is working towards becoming a qualified English solicitor. Previously, Leyan worked as a Law Clerk at the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre, playing a vital role in the Registry team. She also gained valuable experience as a research assistant at IE University, delving into topics such as art, aesthetics, and international justice, and exploring global citizenship as a fundamental element in accessing human rights.
Her dedication to human rights and social justice extends to her involvement with various NGOs. She has notably drafted a legal memorandum for the United Nations to enhance special education access for children with disabilities and worked with the Max Planck Foundation in Sri Lanka, providing legal assistance aimed at strengthening the capacities of judges and lawyers.