Dr. Nathanael Ali is an Assistant Professor in public international law. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in various areas of international law, including international law and global governance, international institutional law, international criminal law, and general courses in public international law. His current research, funded by prestigeous Niels Stensen Fellowship, investigates normative problems that arise at the intersection of global security governance and economic injustice.
Dr. Ali has special expertise in: international anti-terrorism financing law, anti-money laundering law, counter-terrorism law, the law on the use of force, the United Nations Charter system, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards.
Dr. Ali previously served as a Lecturer in international law in the same department and as post-doctoral researcher in the Legal Theory department of Erasmus School of Law. Prior to his academic career, he worked in Ethiopia in a human rights NGO as a legal aid practitioner in criminal law, in addition to holding brief positions as a part-time university teaching assistant and a reporter for a national English weekly newspaper. Dr. Ali has held visiting fellowship positions at University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, Hofstra University New York, and University of California, Berkeley. He has also been recipient of prestigeous research grants such as the Niels Stensen Fellowship, Harvard Law School IGLP collaborative research grant, and a European Union COST program mobility fund. His broad research interests are international law theory, critical international legal studies, global governance institutions, and socio-legal approach to the study of law.