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United Nations Day

  • Jerome Greene Hall 102B (map)

The Columbia Society of International Law presents United Nations Day - a discussion on collective counter-terrorism efforts in a climate hostile to multilateralism. 

Please join our distinguished speakers as they discuss the role of the United Nations in the formulation and implementation of global counter-terrorism mechanisms.

Moderator: Prof. Larry D. Johnson (Columbia Law School) is the former Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs at the headquarters of the United Nations, a former legal advisor of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and the former Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the New York Bar Association, among other organizations.  

Dr. David Scharia is the Director, Chief of Branch, for the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. He is a former National Security Law Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School, a former visiting scholar at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, and a former Senior Deputy of the Office of the Attorney General at the Israel Ministry of Justice. 

Stephen Townley is the Senior Program Manager of the TrialWatch Project at the Clooney Foundation for Justice at Yale Law School. He previously served as Deputy Legal Adviser for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, as well as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the United States Department of State. 

Mona Khalil is currently a Legal Advisor at the Independent Diplomat. She has previously served as Senior Legal Advisor in the United Nations Office of Legal Counsel, where she served worked in the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-Saddam Iraq, the UN Mission in Post-Qaddafi Libya, the UN Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syrian Arab Republic, and the Joint OPCW-UN Mission for the Elimination of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Programme. She has also served as Senior Legal Officer in the International Atomic Energy Agency Office of Legal Affairs.