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Hakimi, Monica

Associate Dean for Academic Programming
and Professor of Law

333 Hutchins Hall

Monica Hakimi teaches and writes on public international law and U.S. foreign relations law. She is particularly interested in the informal and operational aspects of the international legal process and in the ways in which international law adapts to contemporary challenges. Much of her research addresses those issues in the contexts of human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and the law governing the use of force.

Dean Hakimi earned her JD from Yale Law School in 2001, and her BA, summa cum laude, from Duke University. Following law school, Dean Hakimi clerked for Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York and later served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she counseled policymakers on non-proliferation, the reconstruction of Iraq, international investment disputes, and civil aviation. She also served as counsel before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and worked on cases before the International Court of Justice, U.S. federal courts, and administrative agencies.

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​"Toward a Legal Theory on the Responsibility to Protect." Yale J. Int'l L. 39 (Forthcoming 2014).

"Unfriendly Unilateralism." Harv. Int'l L. J. 55, no. 1 (2014): 105-50.
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"Human Rights Obligations to the Poor." In Poverty and the International Economic Legal System: Duties to the World's Poor, edited by K. N. Schefer, 395-407. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013.

"A Legal Framework for Targeted Killing." In Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law, edited by H. Rishikof, S. Baker, and B. Horowitz, 168-73, 175-77. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2012.

"A Functional Approach to Targeting and Detention." Mich L. Rev. 110, no. 8 (2012): 1365-420.
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"State Bystander Responsibility." Eur. J. Int'l L. 21, no. 2 (2010): 341-85.
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"Secondary Human Rights Law." Yale J. Int'l L. 33, no. 2 (2009): 369-416.
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"International Standards for Detaining Terrorism Suspects: Moving Beyond the Armed Conflict-Criminal Divide." Yale J. Int'l L. 33, no. 2 (2008): 369-416.
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Presented the paper "Law and the Universal Human Rights Treaties" at The Role of Opinio Juris in Customary International Law conference, Duke Law School Center for International and Comparative Law, Summer Institute in Geneva, July 2013.

Presented the paper "Distributing the Responsibility to Protect," Conference on the Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law, University of Amsterdam, May 2013.

Panelist on the Future of Human Rights Theory, Conference Honoring Jim Nickel, Duke University, March 2013.

Symposium panelist, "The Legal and Ethical Limits of Technological Warfare," University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, January 2013.

Conference panelist, "Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement: A Contradiction in Terms?", 7th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law, Jerusalem, December 2012.​

Presented paper, "Unfriendly Unilateralism," American Society of International Law Mid-Year Meeting Research Forum, October 2012.​

Participated in a webinar on "Emerging Challenges in the Age of Drones: Targeted Killings and Humanitarian Protection," Harvard University, October 2012.

Panelist, "International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Implications for Coalition Warfare," Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, March 2012.

Invited Speaker, "Finding Authority to Kill Terrorism Suspects Under International Law," Wayne State Law School International Law Workshop, February 2012.

Commentator, "The Place of International Law in the U.S. Legal System" by Paul Dubinsky, Washington University of Saint Louis Public International Law and Theory Workshop, November 2011.

Presenter, "Rethinking Targeting and Detention Law," Vanderbilt Law School Roundtable on Post-9/11 Legal Developments, September 2011.

Panelist, "Palestinian Membership in the United Nations," University of Michigan Law School lunchtime talk, September 2011.

Panelist, "Crisis in Libya: What Role for International Law?", University of Michigan Law School lunchtime talk, March 2011.

Chair, "Revolution and Intervention in the Middle East," Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, March 2011.

Moderator, Panel on Human Trafficking, Michigan Journal of International Law Symposium, February 2011.

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