Meroua Zouai

Meroua Zouai received her J.D. and MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2020, with a South Asia, Middle East, North Africa and Arabic language concentration. During law school, Meroua was the Policy and Research Director for the school’s three global human rights pro bono projects, a 2018-2019 Global Research Fellow for Penn Law’s Global Women’s Leadership Project and an editor for Penn Law’s Journal of International Law. As part of her interdisciplinary work through Penn Law, she studied the intersection of international law, political affairs and transitional justice; conducting field research in Cuba, Tunisia, Egypt, India, UAE, Sierra Leone, South Africa and The Gambia. Meroua also has experience providing direct legal representation for asylum seekers on the detained and non-detained dockets through the Penn Law Transnational Legal Clinic and Brooklyn Defender Services in NYC. Before Penn Law, Meroua received her bachelor’s in political science and psychology with honors from the Scholars Program at Brooklyn College (CUNY) in 2017. She dedicated her time working with local and global institutions including Human Rights Watch, United Nations (in NYC) and the New York State Assembly. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.