Wafa Ben-Hassine is an American-Tunisian writer and attorney-at-law in the State of New York. She is currently based in Tunis, Tunisia. She holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) with a certificate in international law from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science, Public Law from the University of California, San Diego, where she served as student body president in 2010–11. She is the co-founder of Legal Education Advancement and Development (LEAD) Tunisia, a non-profit whose mission is to improve graduate legal education in the country.
Wafa is currently the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Policy Lead for Access Now, a global non-profit organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk. Wafa primarily writes about tech policy and governance in MENA and transparency in government, as well as the interaction of tech with universal human rights. Her work has been published and featured on CNN, the Atlantic Council, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Globe and Mail, and Jadaliyya, and she has been interviewed by BBC, Reuters, France 24, NPR, CNN, Public Radio International (PRI), and Radio France International (RFI). Wafa speaks fluent English, Arabic, and French. She has worked as a legislative aide in the first-ever democratically elected Tunisian parliament in 2012, and assisted in drafting the Preamble of Tunisia's Constitution during the country's transitional phase. Wafa has also worked as a legal intern in the Appeals Chambers of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, Netherlands, and completed a summer associateship with a law firm based in Amman, Jordan.
Wafa is involved in global internet governance debates and is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Advisory Network group, and has previously served on the U.N. Arab Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (AMAG). She is the current Vice President of the Tunisian Multistakeholder Advisory Group for the national IGF.