Mohamed Helal

Mohamed Helal

Mohamed Helal

Assistant Professor of Law


208 Drinko Hall
Moritz College of Law
55 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Google Map


  • S.J.D., Harvard Law School (2016)
  • L.L.M., Harvard Law School (2010)
  • LL.B., Ain Shams University Faculty of Law (2009)
  • M.A., American University in Cairo (2004)
  • B.A., American University in Cairo (2002)


Mohamed Helal is assistant professor of law at Moritz College of Law, and an affiliated faculty member of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Helal specializes in public international law. His research interests and scholarship extend to various areas of international law. These include the rules regulating the use of armed force by states (jus ad bellum), international organizations and U.N. law, the theory and history 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, Helal engages in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of international law and international relations theory.

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

Helal teaches courses and seminars on public international law, law of contracts, law governing the resort to armed force by states (jus ad bellum), law of armed conflict (jus in bello), and theory and history of international law.

Prior to coming to Moritz, 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 Ain Shams University Faculty of Law and taught international human rights law at American University in Cairo.

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 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, non-aligned movement, and Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In 2011, Helal joined the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry as the commission’s legal officer, and he served as legal counsel to the deputy minister of foreign affairs of Egypt during 2016.

Faculty Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page

Mershon Project