Dr. Ray Jureidini
Professor of Migration Ethics and Human Rights at the College of Islamic Ethics (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)
Dr. Ray Jureidini is a professor of Migration Ethics and Human Rights at the College of Islamic Ethics (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). His human and labor rights-based scholarship and work focuses on forced labor, human trafficking, labor recruitment and migrant labor reform advocacy in the Middle East.
In 2019, Dr. Jureidini was the lead author of an International Labour Organization (ILO) report, Assessment of the Wage Protection System in Qatar; and in 2020 co-edited a book with Said Hassan titled Migration and Islamic Ethics (Brill Publishers) with a chapter on the kafala system. The book is currently one of the top 5 books of the entire Brill catalogue.
Dr. Jureidini was one of the authors of Qatar Foundation’s 2013 Mandatory Standards for Migrant Worker Welfare and the author of a 2014 report, Migrant Labour Recruitment to Qatar for Qatar Foundation. In 2016, he authored the ILO White Paper, Ways Forward in Fair Recruitment of Low-skilled Migrant Workers in the Asia-Arab States Corridor; in 2017 the Wage Protection Systems and Programmes in the GCC, by the European University Institute. And in 2017, Transnational Culture of Corruption in Migrant Labour Recruitment was published by the International Organization for Migration.
Dr. Jureidini taught sociology in several universities in Australia; at the American University of Beirut, 1999-2005; and at the American University in Cairo, 2005-2011, where he became director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies. In the 1990s, he co-founded and was the vice-chairman of the Australian Arabic Council, established to counter anti-Arab racism in Australia, as well as the founder and editor of the Journal of Arabic, Islamic and Middle East Studies.
Dr. Jureidini is currently engaged in a QNRF/MME funded research project with Dr. Dalal Aassouli, entitled “Food Security and Migrant Workers in Qatar: a Socio-Economic Analysis”.
Dr. Jureidini completed his studies in industrial and economic sociology at Flinders University, South Australia.