ARDD-Legal Aid is comprised of about 70 employees divided between administration, management, and project officers; in addition to a number of lawyers who were contracted separately to achieve the organization's goals. Our staff work in our offices across the country. We value diversity, which means hiring Jordanian and international staff from around the world.
Our Jordanian employees allow us to operate in accordance with Jordan’s legal system and to understand the social and political nuances of our country and its history. Much of our work involves local capacity building, for which we identify and train grassroots leaders who can influence their communities.
We also have a large international staff with employees from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Our staff as well as our partnerships with many INGOs allows us to extend our work to a regional and global level. ARDD-Legal Aid employees are able to effectively reach both local communities and across the greater Middle East as we work to achieve justice for all.
ARDD - Legal Aid's Chair of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board:
Professor Zaid Eyadat
Zaid Eyadat is a professor of political science and human rights, and an expert on international and comparative politics. He is the founding chairperson of the Human Rights Department, which later became the Political Development Department, and the founding Dean of the Prince al-Hussein School of International Studies at the University of Jordan. His training and research interests are in the fields of International politics, Comparative politics, International political theory, Modelling and Game theory. He is a leading and distinguished expert on Middle East politics, Human Rights, and on Islam and Human Rights. His research has been published in many leading scholarly journals.
Some of his published articles and book chapters include “Minorities in the Arab World: Faults and Faults Lines,” “Islamic Feminism: Roots, Development, and Policies,” “The Calculus of Consensus: an Alternative Path to Arab Democracy,” “Fiqh Al-Aqalliyyât and the Arab Spring: Modern Islamic Theorizing,” “Public Reason and Islamic Reason in the Post-Secular,” “The Rationality of Political Violence: Modelling Al-Qaeda vs. the United States,” “A Transition Without Players: The Role of Political Parties in the Arab Revolutions,” and “Arab Revolutions of 2011: An Explanatory Model.” He is also the co-editor of the book Migration, Security, and Citizenship in the Middle East, and the co-translator of Count Bernadotte’s Mediation to Palestine 1948: Mediation and Assassination. He has just completed the translation of a book on Global Justice: Towards an International Theory of Human Rights.
He is currently engaged in several research projects, most importantly the Theory of Ethics in Islam, Islamic Theory of Human Rights and Islamic Theorizing on Sate and Politics. In this project, he seeks to address the lack of a fully developed ethical theory in Islam by investigating limitations in current Islamic theorizing on these topics and proposing a comprehensive theory of Islamic ethics that is compatible with modern conceptions of international human rights. Another book project he is currently involved in is Contemporary Arab Political Thought, examining the emergence of the different political strains in the Arab World since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and their interaction and impact on and positions in the political scene in the Middle East today.
Dr. Zaid Eyadat’s work spans the public, private, non-profit, and university settings. He has instructed, trained, and consulted in a number of organizations, local, national, and international, private and public (e.g., the Royal Hashemite Court, Emirates Policy Center, Creative Associates International, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, Steering Committee in the Center for Ethics and Global Politics, the International Research Network on Religion and Democracy, and the Istanbul Seminar, part of the Reset Group and Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development). Currently, he is very involved in the development sector in specific, building efficient and effective public policy-making models to enable governments to respond better to urgent development needs and concerns in a sustainable manner.
ARDD - Legal Aid's Director
Ms. Samar Muhareb
Adv. Samar Muhareb is the cofounder and Director of ARDD-Legal Aid. She is a lawyer, Human Rights specialist, and has an MA in Human Rights and Human Development. She has worked with several international organizations and joined Oxfam GB/Amman in 2003, and served as Oxfam’s legal representative in Jordan in 2009 until 2013. Moreover, she is currently teaching Refugee and Migration Studies at the University of Jordan for undergraduate students.
Ms. Muhareb has extensive experience in working with refugees. She started her career in (2000) working in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan . Then was part of the efforts which established NCCI (NGOs Coordination Committee in Iraq ) in 2003 the beginning of the war in Iraq. In 2008 she established Legal Aid to provide marginalized segments of society including women, refugees, and poor with legal services, creating a solid partnership with UNHCR mission in Jordan and other international and national partners . Now Legal Aid has expanded to became ARDD- Legal Aid: Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development.
In recognition of her efforts and the impact she has had in civil society, she was awarded the TAKREEM Arab World Young Entrepreneur Award for 2011 by Takreem and the Higher Council for Youth Award.
In addition, Samar is currently a board member of the Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network, a member for the Scientific Committee for the Queen Aliya Award, a member in the special committee of the Royal Court’s Human Resources Development initiative, a board member for Greenpeace Mediterranean, and she was also selected as a delegate member to the Arab League under a new initiative to represent the work of civil society in the humanitarian field.
Adv. Samar Muhareb was born and raised in Jordan, in May 1980.