Mona Ali Khalil is a public international lawyer with 25 years of experience including as a Senior Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of the Legal Counsel and in the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs.
Mona led the peacekeeping and sanctions teams in the UN Office of the Legal Counsel and advised on the UN Security Council’s peace and security efforts including on protection of civilians, counter-terrorism and WMD disarmament. In the IAEA, she advised on the international legal framework to combat nuclear terrorism and the UN sanctions against nuclear proliferation. During her UN career, she also undertook several special assignments relating to the conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Palestine and Syria.
As Founder and Director of MAK Law International, a strategic consulting service, she continues to serve ‘We the Peoples’ advising governments and intergovernmental organisations on the principles and policies that govern their rights and responsibilities under international law. She has published several works on international law and diplomacy and lectures regularly at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy.
She has a BA in Government and an MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University. She also holds an MS in Foreign Service and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. She is an Affiliate of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict and a Non-Resident Fellow of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research.