Sama Sultan Al-Shawi is a Legal Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Dubai, UAE. She has worked as a Legal Expert at the National Committee on International Humanitarian Law, Ministry of Justice, the State of Qatar from November 2015 to December 2019, and as the Head of Communication and Cooperation Department at the ICRC delegation in Amman, Jordan, from August 2012 to May 2013. From February 2010 to July 2012, she also served as the Legal Officer, Protection Department at the ICRC delegation in Amman.
Sama Al-Shawi has also worked as an International Humanitarian Law Advisor to the Media Department, ICRC, Iraq Support Delegation in Amman (March 2006-February 2010) and External Lecturer on Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan (March 2006 – Jun 2006). External Lecturer on Public International Law, Faculty of Law, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman (October 2005 – Feb 2006). Member of Iraq Bar Association (1995 – 2004).
She has a Ph.D. in International Law, Faculty of Law, Baghdad University (2005), and a Master’s in International Law, Faculty of Law, Baghdad University (1998). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Baghdad University (1995). Al-Shawi’s research – Some Legal and Ethical Challenges Posed by Lethal Autonomous Weapons – was published in the Legal and Judicial Journal (No. 27, June 2020), Legal and Judicial Studies Center, Ministry of Justice, State of Qatar. Her book – The Use of Depleted Uranium Weapon and International Law (Ph.D. thesis) – was published by Dar Wael for Publishing and Distribution, Amman, in 2014.