Zaha Hassan is a human rights lawyer and former coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during Palestine’s bid for UN membership from 2010-2012. She is ME Fellow at the New America Foundation as well as Director of the Palestinian Business Committee for Peace and Reform. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, an LLM in Transnational & International Law from Willamette University, and a B.A. in political science and Near East languages and civilizations from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been cohost for the last two years of the Portland, Oregon radio show, One Land Many Voices, on KBOO 90.7 FM and is a contributor to the online magazine, The Civil Arab. As a Middle East Fellow at New America, Zaha Hassan will complete a novel, Die Standing Like Trees, which deals with a Palestinian-American woman’s search for answers twenty years after her mother’s violent death during the height of the Oslo peace talks.