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Mohamed HelalAssistant Professor of Law
Moritz College of Law
208 Drinko Hall
55 W. 12th Ave.
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B.A., American University in Cairo (2002)
M.A., American University in Cairo (2004)
LL.B., Ain Shams University Faculty of Law (2009)
L.L.M., Harvard Law School (2010)
S.J.D., Harvard Law School (2016)

Mohamed Helal is an assistant professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He specializes in public international law and has considerable policy and academic experience in that field.

Prior to coming to Ohio State, Helal was a lecturer-on-law at Harvard Law School where he obtained his S.J.D. and LL.M. degrees. He also taught International Criminal Law as a visiting assistant professor at the Section Française of the Ain Shams University Faculty of Law and taught International Human Rights Law at the American University in Cairo.

Helal’s experience in the field of public international law also includes 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 a member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt from 2005 until 2009. During that period, he worked on issues relating to Multilateral Diplomacy and International Organizations, with a focus on human rights and humanitarian affairs at the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In 2011, Helal joined the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry as the commission’s legal officer, and he also served as the legal counsel to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for most of 2016.

Helal’s research mostly sits at the intersection between public international law and international relations theory. His work has appeared in various journals and edited volumes, including Harvard National Security Journal, Fordham International Law Journal, Emory International Law Review, and Florida Tax Review. He speaks multiple languages including Arabic, English, and French.

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