Jasmin Lilian Diab

Assistant Professor of Migration Studies
Director, Institute for Migration Studies

Dr. Jasmin Lilian Diab (she/هي) is a Canadian-Lebanese scholar and expert in migration, gender and conflict studies. Dr. Diab is the director of the Institute for Migration Studies at the Lebanese American University, where she also serves as an assistant professor and MEPI-TL coordinator of migration studies. In 2022, she became the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research’s first ever Global Fellow on Migration and Inequality. Dr. Diab is a research affiliate at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University, a global fellow at Brown University’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, as well as a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Lebanese Studies’ British Academy Bilateral Research Chair in Education. She is a former visiting professor at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace at their Peace and Conflict Studies Department. More recently, Dr. Diab’s research has been awarded the 2022 CHRHS Research Seed Grant from Brown University’s Watson Institute and the 2022 Williams Institute LGBTI Global Small Grant from the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Law.  

In addition to serving on the boards of organizations working in the migration and development space, as well as the editorial boards of several leading journals and book series, Dr. Diab has consulted for UN Agencies and international humanitarian organizations and governments. Also, she has assisted in evaluating humanitarian programming, leading research in conflict settings, leading gender analyses and developing strategies for organizations targeting hard-to-reach areas across Lebanon and the MENA region. She holds a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Asylum, Refugees and Security from the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies of the School of Advanced International and Political Studies at INSEEC Grande Ecole in Paris. Additionally, Dr. Diab holds graduate degrees in International Law, Human Rights and Feminist Writings.

Research Interests

Her research interests lie at the intersection between Migration, Gender and Conflict in the MENA region, as well as international legal frameworks governing forced displacement at the global level.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles:

  • Fouad, F. M., Hashoush, M., Diab, J. L. et al (2023), Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to the Provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon, Women’s Health 19, Retrieve at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epub/10.1177/17455057231171486
  • Diab, J. L. & Scissa, C. (2023), Gender, Migration and Environment in the MENA: Vulnerabilities, Frameworks and Ways Forward, Journal of Migration Affairs, Vol. V(1-2): 11-20, Retrieved at: https://migrationaffairs.com/gender-migration-and-environment-in-the-mena-vulnerabilities-frameworks-and-ways-forward/
  • Diab, J. L. (2023), From Exclusionary to Participatory Feminist Peacebuilding in Lebanon: Examining the Roles of Refugees, Migrants and Women in All Their Diversity, Al-Raida 47(2), 116-123.
  • Diab, J. L. et al (2023), The Gender Dimensions of Sexual Violence against Migrant Domestic Workers in post-2019 Lebanon, Frontiers in Sociology, Retrieve at: https://lnkd.in/eusRFYsf.
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), What Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria Have Taught Us About the Politics of International Refugee Law,TRC Journal of Humanitarian Action, Volume 2, Issue 1, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3Uqe0Do
  • Saleh, S., Ibrahim, S., Diab, J. L. & Osman, M. (2022), Integrating Refugees into National Health Systems amid Political and Economic Constraints in the EMR: Approaches from Lebanon and Jordan, Journal of Global Health, Volume 12, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3LsullU
  • Fouad, F. M., Soares, L., Diab, J. L. & Abouzeid, A. (2022), The Political Economy of Health in Conflict: Lessons Learned from Three States in the Eastern Mediterranean Region during COVID-19, Journal of Global Health, Volume 12, Issue 07001, pp 1-10, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3CME1EL  
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Bridging the Gap between Social Protection and a Humanitarian Response: Lebanon’s Refugees amid Host Community Fatigue, COVID-19 and Good Practices, Journal of Migration Affairs, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 110-126, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3Kot6ni
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Pandemic-linked Vulnerabilities for Forced Migrants: The Increase in Gender-based Violence in the Arab World, Journal of Migration Affairs, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 90-98, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/38of847
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), On Managing Health in Conflict: Refugees, Political Will and International Obligations amid Coronavirus in Lebanon, International Journal of Political Science and Governance, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 24-28, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3pN8NoU
  • Barkil-Oteo, A., Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2021), Mental Health in Lebanon’s Triple-Fold Crisis: The Case of Refugees and Vulnerable Groups in Times of COVID-19, Frontiers in Public Health, Volume 8, pp 1-6, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3bZyGyv
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Gender and Migration in Times of COVID-19: Additional Risks on Migrant Women in the MENA and How to Address Them, Identities Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Volume 17, Number 1, Issue 32, pp 162-164, Retrieve at: shorturl.at/flJZ7
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Migration, Refugees and Illegal Routes in Times of Health Crisis: The Case of the Lebanon-Syria Border, Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Volume 17, Number 3, pp 73-76, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3gKFmzt
  • Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2020), The Politics and Economics of COVID-19 Relief in Times of Conflict and Vulnerability in the MENA Region, Journal of Health Sciences and Nursing, Volume 5, Number 7, pp 1-10, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3jkqk5S
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), On Weaponizing Fear and Controlling Movement: Scaremongering and Migration amid Coronavirus, Displaced Voices: A Journal of Archives, Migration and Cultural Heritage, Volume 1, pp 25-30, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2BoXM9W   
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), A Budding “Good Practice”: Access to Quality, Non-Formal Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Journal of Educational Research, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1-10, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2YaAhc7
  • Diab, J. L. (2019), On Reappropriation and Socio-political Empowerment: Thawra. Hurriya. Intifada., Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 10-11, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2tnFEsP
  • Diab, J. L. & Hourani, G. (2018), An Integrated Approach to Syrian Refugees’ Healthcare in Lebanon, Journal of Health Science, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 163-170, Retrieve at: https://goo.gl/1KUCGB
  • Diab, J. L. et al. (2018), Selected Regional Developments in Human Rights and Democratization during 2016: Rights amid Turmoil in the Arab Region, Global Campus Human Rights Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 479-496, Retrieve at: https://goo.gl/pgqra9
  • Diab, J. L. (2018), Momentums of Change: Culture in Understanding Strategic Planning and Reform in the Public Sector, International Journal for Arts and Politics, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 116-130, Retrieve at: https://goo.gl/CtDdqg

Op-Eds, Commentary and Reviews:

  • Diab, J. L. (2023), On Prosecution, Persecution and Protection: Unpacking Anti-Refugee Narratives, Kinopolitics and Selective Outrage in Lebanon, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Retrieve at: https://rli.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2023/05/16/on-prosecution-persecution-and-protection-unpacking-anti-refugee-narratives-kinopolitics-and-selective-outrage-in-lebanon/
  • Diab, J. L. & Jouhari, I. (2023), Conflict, Crisis and Migration: Maritime Irregular Migration from Lebanon Since, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Retrieve at: https://www.freiheit.org/publikation/conflict-crisis-and-migration
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), Kinopolitics and the Myth of Borders: How Ukraine Shapes Lebanon’s Refugee Landscape, Middle East Women’s Initiative, Wilson Center, Retrieved at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/kinopolitics-and-myth-borders-how-ukraine-shapes-lebanons-refugee-landscape
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), What Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria Have Taught Us About the Political Will Behind International Refugee Law, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Retrieved at: https://rli.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2022/05/03/what-ukraine-afghanistan-and-syria-have-taught-us-about-the-political-will-behind-international-refugee-law/
  • Diab, J. L. (2022), Gaps in Migration Governance and Refugees as Political Leverage: The Case of the Route from Lebanon to Belarus, Conflict, Peace and Democracy Policy Blog, University of Graz, Retrieved at: https://policyblog.uni-graz.at/?fbclid=IwAR0OznGGklSVLGUcwMUWrtyAOrKFWN54PBSO8inB8mAdAwYurpmzLqZG2H0
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Dispossession, Gender Identity, and Wellness in Lebanon: Marginalized Refugees Endure Growing Barriers to Basic Healthcare, Al Rawiya Magazine, Retrieved at: https://www.al-rawiya.com/healthcare/dispossession-gender-identity-and-wellness-in-lebanon-marginalized-refugees-endure-growing-barriers-to-basic-healthcare
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Refugee Ever After: Why Are We Letting Palestinians Become the World’s Permanent Refugees, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3wPQm6t
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Migrant? Words Matter. People Matter. Politics Matters., Refugee Outreach & Research Network, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3rie7mK
  • Diab, J. L., Hashoush, M. and Ibrahim, S. (2021), Asylum, Repatriation and Border Management during a Pandemic: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, The Critical Refugee Studies Collective, University of California, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3iSD6eb
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), A Consociational Demockery: The Political Economy of Humor in Lebanon, Analyse Lebanon, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3yd27FW
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Whose Responsibility Is It? Challenges to UN Responsibility-Sharing Models in Lebanon during COVID-19, LSE Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3vtcd3A
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), “New” and “Old” Refugees Navigate Emerging Political Economic Realities in Lebanon’s Chatila Camp, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3gy7DMV
  • Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2021), Political Economy Realities for Urban Refugees in Beirut: Intersectional Concerns over Health, Security and Livelihoods, Respond Migration, Uppsala University, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2PZLpJb
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Refugee Women in Lebanon Hit the Hardest by COVID-19, LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3ko6XcX
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), Intersectionality in Crimmigration: Gender, Race and Crossing Borders, Strife Blog and Journal, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2NhNO0b
  • Diab, J. L. (2021), On Queering Movement amid Historical Invisibility: Sexuality, Gender and Migration, Network for Migration Matters, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2NNkDCf
  • Diab, J. L. & Naal, H. (2020), On Hierarchy of Emergencies: SGBV and Mental Health among Refugees in Times of COVID-19, South of Global Health Blog, AUB Global Health Institute, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/36uGEMR
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), The American Dream in Application: What it Means for Refugees Around the World to Have a Democrat in the White House, Foreign Policy News, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3lCvI4R
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in International Law: Employing a Gendered Lens to Irregular Movement, The Migration News: People on the Move, Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/32aLPPD
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Refugees in the MENA Remain Uniquely Vulnerable to the Effects of COVID-19 amid Political and Economic Constraints, South of Global Health Blog, AUB Global Health Institute, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/32jitiN
  • Diab, J. L. & Nabulsi, D. (2020), Deprioritized in the Health Response: Fragility of Refugees in the Middle East and North Africa Region during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/30kSZjT
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Gender and Migration in Times of COVID-19: Additional Risks on Migrant Women in the MENA and How to Address Them, Identities Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2ZNHiSc
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), International Migration and Refugee Law in Times of Health Crisis: When Movement is Restricted and Social Distancing is Impossible, Groningen Journal of International Law, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2x9b20H
  • Abdul Sater, Z. & Diab, J. L. (2020), The COVID-19 Arab Monitor: Highlighting the Status and Response to COVID-19 in the Arab Region, South of Global Health Blog, AUB Global Health Institute, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2WoJ6zf
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), On Selective Racism: All Black Lives Matter, Including the Ones Hired Under the Kafala System, Foreign Policy News, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2BIySlT
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), On Post-Hoc Policies in Conflict: Lebanon’s Health Sector Revives Itself amid Political, Demographic and Economic Constraints, Beyond the COVID-19 Lockdown Paper Series, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3eX5O8z
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Protecting Migrant Workers’ Rights in Lebanon amid Political, Economic and Health Crises, Rights!, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2Yie6m3
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Repatriation in the Absence of a State? Ten Thousand Lebanese Are Coming Home to ‘Stay Home’, Crossing Borders, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2RxOAFf
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Syrian Refugees in Lebanon amid Confinement, Health Scares and Escalating Needs, Refugee Hosts, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3e4Dstn
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), When Official Borders Don’t Matter: Migration, Refugees and Illegal Routes in Times of Health Crisis, Living Refugee Archive, University of East London, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2WGeKZY
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Coronavirus amid Regional Instability in the Middle East, E-International Relations, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3bDDE0H  
  • Diab, J. L. & Fouad, M. F. (2020), Navigating Access to Healthcare in Lebanon: The Political Economy of Health across Conflict, Revolution and Applicability, E-International Relations, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2UrHDGl  
  • Diab, J. L. (2020), Suggestive International Law in the Binding Court of Public Opinion: The STL Verdict amid Political, Financial and Health Crises, Foreign Policy News, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3aX1UKT
  • Diab, J. L. (2019), Lebanon’s Revolutionary Wins amid Regional Losses: Iran in the Arab Spring 2.0, Foreign Policy News, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3cRYlqP
  • Diab, J. L. (2019), They Called Her “Lady Liberty”: On the Birth of a State Conceived in the Womb of the Lebanese Woman, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/2Lmk0v9


  • Diab, J. L. (2021), ‘Migrant Rights and Migrant Wrongs: Bilateral Relations, Asylum and Security under the Safe Third Country Agreement,’ Bedey and Thoms Media, ISBN: 978-3-95935-570-4, Retrieve at: https://amzn.to/3ryWQFU
  • Diab, J. L. (Ed.) (2021), ‘Dignity in Movement: Borders, Bodies and Rights,’ E-International Relations Publishing, ISBN: 978-1910814598, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3qkAdUR
  • Diab, J. L. (2019), ‘Gender, Movement and Safety: Intersectionality in the Assault of Irregular Migrant Women Entering the EU,’ Diplomica Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-96067-2227, Retrieve at: https://goo.gl/D8jq3g
  • Diab, J. L. (2017), ‘International Migration and Refugee Law: Does Germany’s Migration Policy toward Syrian Refugees Comply?,’ Diplomica Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-96067-151-0, Retrieve at: https://goo.gl/4qzNUC

Chapters in Books:

  • Diab, J. L. (2022), Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Migrant? Words Matter. People Matter. Politics Matter in ‘Forced Migration Studies: Current Interventions,’ edited by Leonardo Schiocchet and Christine Nölle-Karimis, Retrieve at: http://www.ror-n.org/volume-13.html

Discussion Papers:

  • Diab, J. L. (2022), What Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria Have Taught Us About the Politics of International Refugee Law,TRC Journal of Humanitarian Action, Volume 2, Issue 1, Retrieve at: https://bit.ly/3Uqe0Do

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Asylum, Refugees and Security, INSEEC U., School of Advanced International and Political Studies, Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, France
  • DEA in Human Rights and Democratization with an emphasis on Gender and Migration, Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • MA in International Law with an emphasis on International Migration and Refugee Law, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon
  • BA in International Affairs and Diplomacy, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon