About me

Leila Nicolas Ph.D. serves as a consultant and trainer at many international NGOs. She has been working with civil societies in the MENA region since 2000 to promote conflict resolution, Transitional Justice, and Rule of Law. 

She is also a political analyst and commentator for several media outlets about MENA regional issues (BBC, Al Mayadeen, Skynews, TRT....) and international Affairs. She is a co-founder of Lebanese for Democracy and Good governance (NGO).

At the Academic Level:

She serves as both a scholar and practitioner.  She is a Professor of International Affairs at the Lebanese University, two other institutions at the Lebanese Army (Command and staff Academy and The center of research and strategic studies), and a visiting scholar at Oxford, Stanford, Claremont McKenna College, California State University.

 Her research and teaching interests include Great power politics and Grand Strategies, Transitional Justice, Security and Conflicts, and Broader Middle East.

She has ten published books, and more than 80 (Arabic and English) refereed journal articles, book chapters, working papers, and conference lectures.


She is a Fulbright researcher at Fordham University, New York (2021), and has been granted a scholarship for a postdoctoral diploma " US Grand Strategy in context," Bard College, New York, (2016).

She got a grant from UNESCO for achieving field study research on Transitional Justice in the Arab world (2014), which was applied as a training manual for youth training (MENA). 

She got another grant from Leb. University for a field study on impacts of covid-19 on public trust in Leb. Institutions.

Her latest book; Effective forms of Environmental Diplomacy, Routledge, (June 2021), "

Other published books:

International Justice: Courts, Experiences, and Future (2nd edition), Cedar River, 2021.

Sovereignty, non - intervention and International responsibility (2nd. edition), Cedar River, 2021. "The Arab world in transition: the rough road to justice" (2020), "international relations: from power to influence" (2nd. edition) 2020, "The problem of forecasting in international relations" (2019), International Criminal tribunals: Achievements and Failures ( 2013), which can also be found at the Peace Palace Library and The ICC Library in the Hague, "International Intervention and Sovereignty: developing norms in International affairs" ( 2011).