Djaouida Siaci is an international lawyer specializing in cross-border litigation and international criminal investigations with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council regions.  Her international legal practice concentrates on disputes involving high-profile international criminal investigations and enforcement actions, as well as strategic counseling and crisis management. 

Djaouida’s legal career includes private practice, in–house, and government service in Washington, D.C., Paris, and Abu Dhabi.  In over ten years of private practice at two major U.S. law firms, she focused on complex transnational disputes, including high–profile cases involving white collar matters.  From 2008 to 2015, she served as counsel to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.  She also represented clients on a pro bono basis in connection with immigration and refugee assistance and resettlement matters.

As the founder and vice president of the Rohingya Support Group (RSG), a Washington DC–based non-profit organization that exists to draw attention to the plight of the Rohingya refugees and restore basic dignity to the Rohingya community, Djaouida has been engaged in multiple efforts to pursue international justice and accountability for the Rohingya people.

Djaouida holds a law degree from the University of Algiers, Faculty of Law; a postgraduate degree in Public International Law and Law of International Organizations from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.  She is a member of the New York, Washington, D.C. and NC Bars. 

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