Monica Hakimi is Professor of Law at University of Michigan Law School where she served as Associate Dean for Academic Programming from 2013 to 2016. She 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.
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.