Dr Omar Mekky is the Regional Legal Coordinator for the Near and Middle East Region at the ICRC, which he joined in 2011. From 2005 to 2012 he served as a Public Prosecutor in the Egyptian Judicial Authority, and also worked as an Investigative Assistant in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), before being promoted as a Judge in the Egyptian Primary Courts late 2012. He holds an LL.B. from Alexandria University, an LL.M. from Saint Thomas University, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Criminal Law from Salzburg Law School and a PhD in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). He published several books and articles and he is also the author of ‘Islamic Jihadism and the Laws of War’ (Oxford, 2023).