Stephen Pomper is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. He is the Director of International Crisis Group’s U.S. Program. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council under President Obama. He also served as the Senior Director for African Affairs. Prior to joining the staff of the National Security Council, he served from 2002 to 2011 in a variety of roles with the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he specialized in international humanitarian and human rights law, including as the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs and acting Assistant Legal Adviser for Afghanistan, Pakistan and South and Central Asian Affairs.
Outside government, Mr. Pomper has been a Senior Policy Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was in private practice at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He is a non-residential Senior Fellow at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and a Guest Author for the Just Security web blog. Mr. Pomper received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and his law degree from Yale Law School.