Daniel Levine-Spound (@dlspound) is CIVIC’s UN Peacekeeping Researcher covering the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Daniel is based in Goma, DRC and leads 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). In recent years, Daniel’s research has focused on UN peacekeeping missions’ early warning and rapid response efforts, implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP), challenges and opportunities in peacekeeping mission transitions, and broader responses to protection threats in DRC and South Sudan.
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.