Mohamed Helal

John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization

Fall 2020


Mohamed Helal is an Associate Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and an affiliated faculty member of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. In 2020, Dr. Helal was elected by the African Union Executive Council to serve a five-year term as a member of the African Union Commission on International Law.

Dr. Helal specializes in Public International Law. His research interests and scholarship focus on the rules regulating the use of armed force by states (jus ad bellum), international organizations and U.N. law, the theory of international law, the law of the sea, the law of the non-navigational uses of international watercourses, and the legal aspects of international security affairs. In addition, Dr. Helal engages in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of international law and international relations theory.

Dr. Helal’s work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of International Law, Global Constitutionalism, Climate Law, the American Journal of International Law – Unbound, and the Florida Tax Review, and several student-run journals including the Florida State University Law Review, the Harvard National Security Journal, the N.Y.U. Journal of International Law & Politics, the Fordham International Law Journal, the Emory International Law Review, the DePaul Law Review, and the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy. Dr. Helal has also contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes.

Helal was a lecturer-on-law at Harvard Law School in the Fall semesters of 2014 and 2015, and also taught Criminal Law at the Section Française of the Ain Shams University Faculty of Law and International Human Rights Law at the American University in Cairo.

Dr. Helal obtained his S.J.D. (’16) and LL.M. (’10) degrees at Harvard Law School. He also holds B.A. (’02) and M.A. (‘04) degrees from the America University in Cairo and an LL.B. from Ain Shams University Faculty of Law.

Dr. Helal has substantial policy experience in the field of international law through many years of service as a diplomat and as an international civil servant. After serving on the Cabinet of the Secretary General of the League of Arab States during 2002 and 2003, he joined the Egyptian Diplomatic Corps, and became an adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt from 2005 until 2009. In 2011, Dr. Helal joined the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) as the commission’s legal officer, and he also served as the legal counsel to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt during 2016 and 2019-2020.

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