Steve Pomper

Crisis Group

The prohibition on the use of force – development or erosion? (afternoon panels session, day 1)

Steve Pomper is based in Washington, D.C. and is the Director of Crisis Group’s U.S. Program. Prior to joining Crisis Group, Stephen 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 in a variety of roles with the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he specialised 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, Stephen 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 the NYU Law School Center on Law and Security, and a Guest Author for the Just Security web blog. Stephen received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and his law degree from Yale Law School.