Jill Goldenziel

Associate Professor
Marine Corps University—Command and Staff College


In this episode of ACUNS Current Issues Podcast, Jill Goldenziel joins host Alistair Edgar to discuss her “Proposal for a Displaced Persons Convention.”  Jill argues that existing International Refugee Law fails to protect displaced persons today and there is a need for new International Law to help victims of violence.   She also touches on the need for wide scale education about refugees and displaced persons, the definition of these categories, and what protections they would receive under international law. Such development is important due to the high numbers of people who are fleeing violence yet being turned away for not meeting refugee criteria. Goldenziel discusses her guidelines for what to consider when a new international convention is being made and how her proposal incorporates moral and economic concerns in the interest of human rights and states in order to get the support needed for new international law.  She also addresses how an international convention for displaced persons would provide more consistency and clarity on how states treat displaced people.

“Displaced: A Proposal for International Law to Protect Refugees, Migrants, and States” (Berkeley Journal of International Law, forthcoming 2016)

“The Curse of the Nation-State: Refugees, Migration, and Security in International Law” (Arizona State Law Journal, forthcoming 2016)

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Dr. Jill Goldenziel is an Associate Professor at Marine Corps University—Command and Staff College, where she teaches International Law and the Laws of War to mid-career U.S. and foreign armed services members studying for a Master’s in Military Studies.  She is also a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership International program.  She represented ACUNS and the American Society of International Law at the UN General Assembly Informal Multi-stakeholder Hearings for the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. She also consulted on drafts of the Global Compacts and Declaration for the 2016 UN General Assembly Summit on Refugees and Migrants

Dr. Goldenziel’s scholarship focuses on international law, human rights, international organizations, the intersection of international and domestic constitutional law, law and religion, and refugees and migration.  She is a specialist in the law and politics of the Middle East and has done extensive research in UNHCR’s field offices and at UNHCR-HQ.  She is currently writing a book on how to solve the migration and refugee crisis.

Dr. Goldenziel holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in Government from Harvard University, a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and an A.B. from Princeton University.  Her email is jgoldenziel, followed by the symbol for at, gmail dot com