Tachfine Baida is a PhD candidate at Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM) Research Unit in Sciences Po Bordeaux, France. His research is about law and sexual and gender diversity in the Maghreb. It looks in particular at the influence of Islamic norms on legal discourses and practices targeting sexual orientation and gender identity in Morocco and Tunisia.
Besides his doctoral research, Tachfine Baida is a Managing Editor at the Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (YIMEL) and Social Media and Communications Editor at Arab Law Quarterly (ALQ). He also contributes to the coordination of POSEIDONIS/QAWAMI, a research project on the interaction between Islamic normativity and positive law with respect to personal status and sexual morality.
Tachfine Baida previously worked for four years as a Human Rights Expert at the Belgian Development Agency, Enabel, and the Embassy of Belgium in Rabat. Prior to that, he also worked as a Project Coordinator at the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and as a Programme Assistant with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Morocco.
Tachfine Baida obtained an MA in Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Before that, he obtained a BA and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. He also completed part of his studies at the George Washington University and at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.