Mohamed S. Helal

Associate Professor of Law
Contact Information:

614-292-0061 Drinko 208


Curriculum Vitae Publications


B.A., American University in Cairo

M.A., American University in Cairo

LL.B., Ain Shams University Faculty of Law

LL.M., Harvard Law School

S.J.D., Harvard Law School

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Global Governance
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Law of International Watercourses
  • Law of the Sea
  • Middle East Politics
  • Public International Law

Mohamed Helal is an Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and an affiliated faculty member of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.

Dr. 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, Dr. Helal engages in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of international law and international relations theory.

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

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

Prior to coming to Moritz, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.  In 2011, Dr. Helal joined the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) as the commission’s legal officer, and he also served as the legal counsel to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt during 2016.