Headshot Samer Muscati

Samer Muscati, Director 

Samer Muscati (JD 2002) brings a wealth of experience and international perspective to his role as leader of the IHRP. For over five years, Samer has been a researcher with the world’s leading human rights NGO, Human Rights Watch (HRW). Most recently, Samer was the emergencies senior researcher in the women's rights division of HRW, where he monitored and documented women’s rights abuses during human rights crises. A lawyer, documentary photographer, and former journalist, Samer has conducted numerous fact-finding missions in Canada, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, and UAE. Before joining HRW in 2009, Samer worked in Baghdad as an adviser supporting the Iraqi government, and as a legal officer in the UN’s Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor. He also photographed and edited testimonials from survivors of sexual violence for a book commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Apart from his work in conflict and post-conflict countries over the last decade, Samer was a corporate lawyer at Bingham McCutchen in Boston and articled in Ontario with Barbara Jackman, specializing in immigration, refugee and national security law.

Samer is an alumnus of the Faculty (JD 2002), and also holds an LL.M in international human rights law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since graduating, Samer has remained connected to the Faculty in numerous ways, including lecturing through the LAWS and IHRP programs, and supervising IHRP interns.  

Petra Molnar, William C. Graham Research Associate

Petra Molnar is a lawyer in Toronto, Canada and an alumna of the IHRP. She has worked on forced migration and refugee issues for 10 years as a settlement worker, researcher, and now lawyer. Petra regularly shares her work domestically and internationally and writes about immigration detention, health and human rights, gender-based violence, and the politics of refugee, immigration, and international law. Petra articled at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, which works with women who have experienced violence, and is on the executive committee of the Canadian Association for the Study of Forced Migration.

Petra is also starting a research institute and working on a book on the Syrian conflict and refugee resilience with her Syrian collaborator Mayss al-Zoubi in Turkey. 



Kara Norrington, Administrative Assistant

Kara is the Administrative Assistant for the International Human Rights Program.  She works closely with the Director and students to provide support for the Program.