I am Waleed Magdy, known as Waleed M. Elfarrs, I am Egyptian, born in Tripoli, Libya and attended my English-law school at the university of Ainshams, Cairo, where I graduated in 2013.
In Egypt, after receiving legal training, I worked for Dar Alfouad Hospital as a legal counsel, and as I grew, my passion grew towards legal research in international law. So, at that time I was fortunate to work for Thomson Reuters as a legal researcher responsible of the content of Westlaw. Next to my work, I, during 2013-2017, pursued my postgraduate studies at Ainshams, and internationally at other universities such as the University of Oxford.
Given my active participation in international activities, I was regularly invited by well-known Egyptian legal academies such as RISC and MPL to teach legal research skills in Public International Law, and I was also occasionally invited by universities such as AinShams and Cairo University to supervise activities or to give lectures or motivational speeches to law students.
After moving to the Netherlands in 2017, I became a reviewing member of the Arab Law Quarterly Journal and I pursued an honors master’s in legal research at Utrecht University. There, I focused my research on topics in the domains of International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, Security law and International Criminal law. I also became a chairing member of a human rights consultancy project in the Netherlands, which is being conducted under the auspices of the Center for Global Challenges at Utrecht University and in collaboration with the Public Interest Litigation Project which is part of the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM).
Recently, I developed a passion in Law and technology,
in particular IHL and AI weapon technologies in armed conflicts.
So, now I am writing a legal interdisciplinary thesis on the compliance
and accountability of deploying
Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems in armed conflicts.
Currently, the bulk of my time is distributed over three things; my work at the International Criminal Court, The Legalist channel and my research master's thesis.