Asmaa Khadim is a researcher in Institutions for Conflict Resolution at Leiden Law School, The Netherlands. Her research centres around environmental constitutionalism, with a primary focus on comparative constitutional law, environmental and Indigenous rights, natural resource conflicts, cumulative impact management, and government accountability. The aim of her research is to explore how constitutional environmental rights may contribute to the effective and equitable resolution of conflicts around contentious resource projects.
Asmaa’s regional focus is on socio-environmental conflicts in the Americas, particularly Canada, Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica. Within these contexts, she considers how constitutional environmental rights address inadequate participatory processes and increase accountability and transparency in environmental decision making, thereby improving access to justice. She also examines how constitutional provisions can mandate better management of the cumulative impacts of development, in regions where resource projects are densely concentrated.
Asmaa holds a BSc in psychology and international development studies from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and an LLB specialising in international, comparative and transnational law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada). She was admitted to practice law in Canada and Australia. After a number of years working in private practice, Asmaa completed her doctorate at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Prior to her current role, she held academic positions as a lecturer in Queensland, Australia, teaching courses in international environmental law, public international law, the law of international organisations, Canadian constitutional law and Canadian criminal law, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.