Hocine Fetni

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sociology; Assistant Dean for Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences



Dr. Hocine Fetni is an Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the College. He is responsible for Study Abroad programs in North Africa, France, the Middle East (including Israel), Turkey and Greece. He also advises students interested in the B.A./J.D., a submatriculation program between the College and Penn's Law School, and is an advisor for the senior class. Dr. Fetni holds a law degree from New York University, and a Master of Laws as well as a Ph.D. in International Relations from Penn. As a member of the Sociology Department faculty, he has developed courses on topics such as law and society, law in Africa, law and social change, and the sociology of the legal profession. He also teaches international law and the theory of international relations.


L.L.B., (Licence en Droit), Constantine University Institute of Law, Algeria (1977); L.L.M., New York University School of Law (1980); L.L.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1981); Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1992)


Arabic, French, Berber

Research Interests:

Law and Social Change in the Middle East and North Africa; a comprehenisve analysis of the legal profession; international law and human rights.

Overseas Research Experience:

Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia


International Law of Human Rights, Law and Social Change, Law and Society, Human Rights and Rule of Law in Africa