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Mehdi Zakerian

Professor of Human Rights

A scholar of international law and international human rights, Mehdi Zakerian holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Islamic Azad University where he has been an assistant professor since 1999. With over seventeen years of experience teaching international and Islamic human rights, he has held lectureships at prominent Iranian universities and was recently appointed Chair of the International Studies Association of Iran. As co-founder and presently Editor-in-Chief (2004-07) of the International Studies Journal (ISJ), widely considered the most significant journal of international law and international politics in Iran, Zakerian promotes one of the few forums of academic dialogue in Iran to regularly publish and engage with colleagues from the West.  He has collaborated with local and international universities and NGOs to organize several conferences at which he has regularly presented papers on international relations and human rights in the Middle East. Zakerian has penned over 100 publications including books, translations, book reviews and over 70 published articles, many focused on the implementation of international human rights standards in the context of an Islamic state. On this subject, Penn Law Professor William Burke-White writes, “this is perhaps the most important topic for international human rights scholarship in the modern context and [this scholar’s] work is among the best there is.”


  • Foreign Policy
  • Global Human Rights
  • Human Rights
  • International Institutions
  • International Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Political Philosophy
  • Terrorism and Democracy

Articles and Book Chapters

The Human Rights in New Millennium, Tehran: UNDP & University of Tehran Publication, 2002. (in Persian)

Human Rights and the Middle East, Tehran: Center for Scientific Research and Middle East Strategic Studies, 2003.(in Persian)

(ed.) Toward a Conceptual Framework for the Internationally Recognized Human Rights, Tehran: Mizan Publication, 2004

Human Rights for All, Theran, (forthcoming Book) (forthcoming It will pubished in Persian and then in English)

“What We Learned from the Construction of Human Rights Council,” International Studies Journal (ISJ), Vol. 3, No. 4, Spring 2007.

“Education of International Humanitarian Law in Iran,” Discourse, Vol. 7, Nos. 2-3, Winter 2006.

“Transitional Justice: A New Paradigm for Protecting Human Rights Victims,” International Studies Journal (ISJ), Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall 2006.

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • Human Rights, Public International Law
  • International Relations
  • Middle East & Islamic Studies, Sharia Law, Transitional Justice in Koran
  • Iran, EU and US
  • Human Rights Dialogue, Ethics & Human Rights


Editor-in-chief of International Studies Journal (ISJ)

President of Iranian International Studies Association (2006 -2011)

Faculty Member of Islamic Azad University, Sciences & Research Branch, Facluty of Law & Political Sciences, Tehran. Iran.


  • Int'l Human Rights in Islam, Human Rights in Middle East, The Principle of International Law in International Relations, IHL in Midddle East, Simulations in International Law & Internaitonal Relations, Transitionl Justice in Koran

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