Prof Kamel Filali is a professor and a researcher in International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law. He teaches at the University of Constantine, Algeria; at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; and at the National Superior School of Magistrates in Algiers, Algeria.

From 2003 until 2011, Prof Filali served as a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. He acted as Vice Chair from 2007 to 2011. He has been a member of the Algerian National Advisory Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights since 2003. He is also the Vice Chair of the African Union Commission of International Law, which deals with the progressive development of international law and its codification.

Professor Filali is a practicing lawyer and pays particular attention to cases involving children in conflict with the law before the Algerian Juvenile Tribunal and Courts. He is also registered to intervene as an Attorney at law in Civil and Criminal cases before the Supreme Court of Algeria. As a lawyer he acts as an international consultant on Algerian law and judiciary especially on the laws regulating family affairs.

In addition, he is the author of several articles on human rights and the rights of the child. Furthermore, he is active in associations through training of trainers to protect children, especially children with disabilities and those in conflict with the law.

Prof Filali holds a Ph.D. in International Law and Relations, from the University of Miami, Florida.