New affiliated researcher at CRS: Mudar Shakra
Mudar Shakra is a PhD student at the Department of Theology at Uppsala University. His main focus in his doctoral study is related to the relation between law and religion in the context of religious and secular legal and judicial systems between Sweden and Middle East.
What are you specialized in?
– The main focus in my doctoral study is related to the relation between law and religion in the context of religious and secular legal and judicial systems between Sweden and Middle East.
How come you started with law/religious studies?
– I have been all the time greatly interested in the relevant questions of building a pluralistic society or pluralistic societal identity, particularly the interactive relation between law, religion and democracy. So I worked as a research assistance for two research projects in the theology department within the Impact program before. Furthermore, I have applied to an announced doctoral position with HORIZON 2020 project since its topic was very much relevant to my professional experience and personal passion and interest and I was gladly admitted.
Can you very briefly tell me something about your professional background?
– I graduated in 2006 from the faculty of law from Damascus University in Syria. I registered in the Syrian Bar association as a jurist under a two years training process. In 2007, I started working for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as Refugee Status Determination (RSD) officer. In 2009 I became a full member lawyer and passed the disputation exam in the Syrian Bar Association. I emigrated from Syria before the war to Sweden and started my master program in European Law at Stockholm University in 2011. I continued my involvement and work within the migration and integration areas through different organizations and institutions, namely research assistant at Uppsala University with two research projects and later on as Program officer at AKDN. In the end of 2017 My PhD application was admitted at Uppsala University in the faculty of theology. My PhD research is a part of an EU Horizon 2020-project, with the title “RESPOND – Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and beyond”. My research project title is: Right to Religious Freedom and Right for Family Life caught between Integration and Segregation: Working at the Intersection between psychology of religion and Law studies and methods.
Which role will you have at CRS?I am mainly involved in all related legal, cultural and religious questions to Middle East Region and migrants from there.
– I have long migration and integration job related experience with different international humanitarian organizations. I also have studied different areas in law during 18 years namely Refugee, Family, European laws. I speak Arabic, English and Swedish.