Dr. Ghanim Alnajjar is Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University. From 1999 to 2002 he established the Centre for Strategic and Future Studies at Kuwait University and has been visiting scholar at several universities such as Harvard University Human Rights Program at the Law School. He lectured on an occasional basis in more than 43 universities, academic institutions, and think tanks across the world. He introduced, through the Kuwaiti Parliament, the concept of producing the first annual report on the human rights situation in Kuwait, and was appointed as the chairman of the committee that produced the first report. He was an International Commissioner at the International Commission of Jurists based in Geneve. As a result of his active work in the field of human rights, he has been he earned the International Monitor Award by Human Rights Watch in New York in 1991. Between 2001 and 2009 he was the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights in Somalia, appointed by the UN Secretary General. He has written extensively in the fields of political science and human rights. He contributes in advisory capacity to several regional and international NGOs in the field of human rights such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. He is a regular columnists in daily newspapers and other media outlets.