Daniel Levine-Spound

Daniel Levine-Spound (@dlspound) is a human rights lawyer and researcher. He is currently a Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC), where he writes on issues related to public international law, including in the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the protection of civilians (POC), and international law pertaining to the non-use of force (jus ad bellum).

From 2019-2022, Daniel served as a UN Peacekeeping Researcher covering the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). At CIVIC, Daniel was based in Goma, DRC and led CIVIC’s research on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Daniel’s research covered a range of issues related to peacekeeping and POC, including early warning and rapid response efforts, implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP), challenges in peacekeeping mission transitions, and cooperation between missions and host states.

Prior to joining CIVIC, Daniel attended Harvard Law School, where his work centered on international humanitarian law and the protection of human rights in the context of armed conflict and counterterrorism operations. As a law student, Daniel co-authored a book on the criminalization of homosexuality in Tunisia. Before law school, Daniel spent two years in Tunis, where he worked for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and published articles as a freelance writer on Tunisia’s democratic transition and the protection of human rights. In addition to his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Harvard, Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honors) in Comparative Literature from Brown University. He is also on LinkedIn.

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