February 11, 2012
An Interview with Omar Shakir
Omar Shakir is a second-year student at the law school. Originally from San Jose, he did his undergraduate work here at Stanford, where he majored in International Relations. Upon graduating in 2007, he spent time in Syria as a Fulbright Scholar. His academic work there focused on economic and political reform. He also led humanitarian projects in Jordan, Syria, and the Occupied Territories. Later, with the support of the Khaled Juffali Scholarship, he attended Georgetown University and completed a master’s in Arab Studies. Since returning to Stanford, he has resumed his role as one of the most energetic leaders on campus. He is president of the International Law Society, co-president of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program, co-chair of Stanford’s chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the founding vice president of the Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East. He is also co-president of Students for Palestinian Equal Rights - a group he founded at Stanford back in 2006. He talks to us about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the campus-wide effort to have Stanford University divest from companies supporting the occupation.