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Humanitarian Law & Policy:
Enforcement, Integrated Missions and Peacekeeping, International Humanitarian Law, Monitoring and Reporting of Violations, Protection of Civilians, Public International Law, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

<p>Mona Ali Khalil is a Senior Legal Officer in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the United Nations. &nbsp;She is a national of Saudi Arabia and is of Palestinian origin. &nbsp; After completing her Bachelors and Masters at Harvard University, she obtained a Juris Doctorate and a Master&rsquo;s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. &nbsp;She joined the Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) in 1993 and served there until 2005 during which she acquired thorough knowledge of the UN system and in-depth experience in public international law. &nbsp;She regularly provided advice to the principal and subsidiary organs of the United Nations including the General Assembly and the Security Council. &nbsp;She served as a legal adviser to the Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Adviser on Iraq and provided critical and sensitive advice on Afghanistan, Cambodia, Yugoslavia and Palestine. &nbsp;She assisted the Secretary-General and the Legal Counsel on the Lockerbie case and participated in UN appearances before the International Court of Justice. &nbsp;In 2005, she was seconded to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna where she provided advice on a broad range of public international law issues including the sanctions against Iran and the counter-terrorism regime. &nbsp;She returned to the United Nations and back to OLC in late 2009 where she is currently serving as the lead lawyer on UN peacekeeping missions and operations, their relevant legal instruments, their rules of engagement and their status, privileges and immunities as well as on the range of sanctions and counter-terrorism regimes established by the Security Council.</p>