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Education CV

Graduate Education  
    PhD Candidate, Gates Scholar (2016- to date) University of Cambridge, UK  
    Fulbright Scholar, Hubert Humphrey Fellow,  (2016- 2017) University of California, Davis  
    LLM in Natural Resources Law (2010- 2011) University of Dundee, Scotland    

Selected Professional Experience  
    Legal Consultant, Global Land Unit (Apr 2016 - Jun 2016) World Bank, DC 
    Natural Resources Legal Specialist (Oct 2012 - Sep 2016) UNJPLG, Somalia
    Natural Resources Specialist (2014 - 2016) Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency, Sudan
    Project Manager (Oct 2008 - Jul 2011) UNEP, Sudan- South Sudan

Academic Experience
    Visiting Researcher/ Doctoral Student (Aug 2017 - Dec 2017) Harvard Law School
    Editor to Harvard International Law Journal (Aug 2017- Dec 2017) Harvard Law School
    Assistant Researcher to Prof. Freya Baetens (Jun 2017 - Oct 2017) Oslo University
    Editor to Cambridge International Law Journal (Oct 2016 - Aug 2017), University of Cambridge 
    Research Assistant to Dr. Ayesha Dias (Jun 2010 - Oct 2010) University of Dundee

Fields of research

International law, territorial sovereignty, natural resources law, indigenous and tribal peoples law, legal theory, cryptography as a legal instrument, land law, water law.


Territorial Sovereignty and Boundaries in International Law


Harum’s current research interests focus on territorial sovereignty and whether there exists a legal justification for boundaries under international law. Her thesis explores the distinction between territorial sovereignty that attaches itself to land versus territorial sovereignty attached to maritime areas. Her argument is based on questioning the exclusivity of sovereignty over land, given sovereignty can be shared over other ecological units, such as the High Seas, transboundary water, transboundary air and so on. When she is not dealing with the application of doctrinal rules of international law to territorial disputes, Harum explores their potential application to a ‘blockchain jurisdiction’.

Harum’s thesis draws inspiration from her 8 years of experience working with the United Nations in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia as a Project Manager and Natural Resources Law Specialist. She was motivated to focus on land as territory and explore questions of territorial sovereignty as a result of her time at UC Davis on a Fulbright Scholarship learning about American Indian Law and the experience of the Winnemum Wintu and Pit River Tribes. 


Professor Eyal Benvenisti 

Start Date

Oct 2016

End date

Oct 2019