Mona Ali Khalil is an Affiliate at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC).
Ms. Khalil is a Legal Advisor at Independent Diplomat (ID). Prior to joining ID in September 2015, she served as a Senior Legal Officer of the United Nations Office of the Legal Counsel (UNOLC). She obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Government and a Masters in Middle East Studies from Harvard University in 1988 and a Masters in Foreign Service and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University in 1992. In UNOLC, she was head of the peacekeeping team and lead lawyer on Security Council sanctions where she advised, inter alia, on the use of force by, and applicability of international humanitarian law (IHL) to, UN peacekeepers, as well as on the human rights challenges and humanitarian impact of counterterrorism sanctions. Her chapter on the “Legal Aspects of the Protection of Civilians in UN Field Operations” appears in The Protection of Civilians in International Law published by Oxford University Press in June 2016. More recently, she published an opinion piece entitled “The UN’s Three Main Bodies Are Failing to Do Their Jobs.”
During her 22-year UN career, Ms. Khalil has undertaken several special assignments, including serving as Legal Adviser to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on post-Saddam Iraq and to the UN Support Mission in post-Qaddafi Libya. More recently, she served as Legal Adviser to the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic and to the Joint OPCW-UN Mission for the Elimination of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Programme.
Within her current duties at ID, Ms. Khalil provides advice on public international law to help ensure the rule of law and justice in international diplomacy.
[Biography last updated: June 2017]