Lana Baydas is a senior fellow with the CSIS Human Rights Initiative. Prior to joining CSIS, she worked as both an academic and a practitioner in the fields of human rights, gender equality, development, and international humanitarian law, holding posts with the United Nations, Crisis Action, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the American University in Cairo. Ms. Baydas has worked intensively in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in programs promoting gender equality and protecting human rights through the rule of law, good governance, and gender mainstreaming in public institutions at the national and regional levels. She has authored/coauthored multiple publications on human rights in MENA, and she has undertaken a number of field assignments addressing human rights and gender related issues, working in Darfur, Sudan, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon. She holds a Ph.D. and LL.M. in public international law from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a B.A. in political science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.