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Hakimi, Monica

Professor of Law

3062 South Hall

Twitter: @MonicaHakimi

Monica Hakimi teaches and writes in the fields of public international law and U.S. foreign relations law. Her research ties together doctrine and theory to examine how international law operates and adapts to contemporary challenges, particularly in the areas of human and national security.

Professor Hakimi earned her JD from Yale Law School and her BA, summa cum laude, from Duke University. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. While at the State Department, she counseled policymakers on nuclear nonproliferation, the reconstruction of post-war Iraq, international investment disputes, and international civil aviation. She also served as counsel before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and worked on cases before the International Court of Justice and U.S. federal courts and agencies.

Between 2013 and 2016, Professor Hakimi was the associate dean for academic programming at Michigan Law. She is currently a contributing editor of EJIL Talk!, the blog that is affiliated with the European Journal of International Law. She also serves on the board of editors for the American Journal of International Law, the executive council of the American Society of International Law, and the advisory board for the Institute of International Peace and Security at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Recent Publications

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"The Theory and Practice of Human Rights in Armed Conflict." Am. J. Int'l L. 111 (Forthcoming).

"Introduction to Symposium on Unauthorized Military Interventions for the Public Good." AJIL Unbound 111 (2017): 284-6.
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"Constructing an International Community." Am. J. Int'l L. 111, no. 2 (2017): 317-56.
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"The Work of International Law." Harv. Int'l L. J. 58, no. 1 (2017): 1-46.
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"Reply on The Work of International Law." Harv. Int'l. L. J. Online 58, no. 1 (2017).
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"In Re Akhbar Beirut & Al Amin." Am. J. Int'l L. 111, no. 1 (2017): 132-8.
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Co-author. "The Two Codes on the Use of Force." J. K. Cogan, co-author. Eur. J. Int'l L. 27, no. 2 (2016): 257-91.
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"Custom's Method and Process: Lessons from Humanitarian Law." In Custom's Future: International Law in a Changing World, edited by C. Bradley, 148-71. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2016.
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"Commentary on The Ongoing Indigenous Political Enterprise: What's Law Got to Do with It?" Review of "The Ongoing Indigenous Political Enterprise: What's Law Got to Do with It?" Dalee Sambo Dorough. J. L. Prop. & Soc'y 2 (2016): 71-93. J. L. Prop. & Soc'y 2 (2016): 101-3.
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"Distributing the Responsibility to Protect." In Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law, edited by A. Nollkaemper and D. Jacobs, 265-89. Shared Responsibility in International Law. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015.

"Defensive Force against Non-State Actors: The State of Play." Int'l L. Stud. 91 (2015): 1-31.
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Co-author. "An Introduction: Adapting to a Rapidly Changing World." N. L. Reid and S. Witten, co-author. Am. Soc'y of Int'l Law Proc. 109 (2015): 1-2.​​​


Presented her paper, "The Jus ad Bellum's Regulatory Form," at two forums: (1) a workshop at UCLA sponsored by the American Society of International Law Interest Group on International Law in Domestic Courts, and (2) the Cyber-Colloquium on International Law, December 2017.

Presented "Dualism, Democracy, and International Law” at the Duke-Yale Foreign Affairs Workshop, Duke Law School, October 2017.

Presented "Techniques for Regulating Military Force" at the Conference on Comparative Foreign Affairs Law, co-sponsored by Duke Law School and the University of Pretoria Law School, October 2017.

Served as the editor of the online symposium, "Unauthorized Military Interventions for the Public Good," American Journal of International Law Unbound, October 2017.

Her paper, "The Work of International Law," was the subject of the 2017 Summer Online Symposium sponsored by the Harvard International Law Journal, August 2017.

Presented the paper, "Constructing an International Community," at the International and Comparative Law Workshop, University of Minnesota Law School, February 2017.

Led a panel discussion on fair trial guarantees in wartime at the Transatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict workshop, University of Oxford, July 2016.

Presented the paper, "The Work of International Law," University of St. Andrews, June 2016.​

Commentator, "International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline?," Berlin Potsdam Research Group, April 2016.​

Workshop participant, "Challenges to State and Security in Israel," Columbia Law School, March 2016.​

Presented "The Legal Basis for the Use of Force in Syria" at a conference on Syria at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, November 2015. ​