Associate Professor
Marine Corps University Command and Staff College

Areas of Expertise
Comparative Politics, Global Governance, Human Rights, Human Security, International Affairs, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, International Organizations, Refugees and Displacement

Region of Focus
The Middle East

Dr. Jill Goldenziel is Associate Professor at Marine Corps University in Quantico, where she teaches International Law, the Laws of War, and National Security 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.

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 also studies how small states use international law to challenge great powers, supported by a U.S. Department of Defense-Minerva Grant. She is a specialist in the law and politics of the Middle East. She is currently writing a book on how to solve the migration and refugee crisis.

Dr. Goldenziel’s numerous publications have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, Arizona State Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Chicago Journal of International Law, and the American Journal of Comparative Law, among other scholarly journals. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, The Huffington Post, and The National Interest, and she has been a commentator on NPR, Public Radio International, and in other media. She is regularly quoted and cited in publications such as the International Business Times, The Atlantic, and The Boston Globe, and The New She is a member of the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Bureau of the U.S. Department of State, and is a frequent speaker and consultant on international law, refugees, migration, and Middle East politics.

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. She was previously a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law, a Lecturer on Government and Social Studies at Harvard College, and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Goldenziel clerked for Judge Thomas Buergenthal (Ret., International Court of Justice) on an ICSID international arbitration tribunal.

Recent Publications
Recent Academic Publications:

  • Crisis: How International Law Can Save Refugees and Migrants (working book project).
  • Displaced: Toward a New International Legal Framework for Protecting Refugees and Human Rights (forthcoming, Berkeley Journal of International Law, 2016).
  • The Curse of the Nation-State: Refugees, Migration, and Security in International Law, Arizona State Law Journal (forthcoming 2016).
  • When Law Migrates: Refugees in Comparative International Law, in PAUL STEPHAN ET AL., EDS., Comparative International Law, Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2017).
  • Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law 14 Chicago Journal of International Law. 453-92 (2014) (partial peer-review).

Recent Media Work:

• Op-Ed, China Can’t Ignore the Hague’s Decision—But it Can Avoid It, HUFFINGTON POST, July 13, 2016,
• Op-Ed, The EU Must Act Now on Migration to Save Itself, NATIONAL INTEREST, July 12, 2016 (with Carl Hvenmark).
• Op-Ed, Paris Attacks Reveal ISIS’ Weakness, Not its Strength, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, November 25, 2015 (with Vera Mironova).
• Fact Sheet, U.S. Resettlement of Syrian Refugees, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, November 18, 2015.
• Op-Ed, Europe’s Migrant Policing Initiative has Nothing to do With Migration, NATIONAL INTEREST, November 9, 2015.
• Op-Ed, International Law is The Real Threat to China’s South China Sea Claims, THE DIPLOMAT, Nov. 3, 2015.
• Op-Ed, We’re Putting Lives in Danger By Not Clarifying What it Takes to Get Asylum in Europe, HUFFINGTON POST, Nov. 3, 2015.
• Debunking Myths: Refugees, Migrants, and Chicago Violence (Radio Islam Chicago broadcast Oct. 19, 2015).
• This Will Challenge Your Misconceptions about the Refugee Crisis, THE WORLD WITH MARCO WERMAN (PRI Broadcast September 30, 2015).
• Five Myths about Syrian Migrants, WASHINGTON POST, Sunday Outlook, September 27, 2015.
• Migrant or Refugee?: That Shouldn’t Be a Life-or-Death Question, WASHINGTON POST, Monkey Cage Blog, September 8, 2015.
• Op-Ed, Saved: International Law Needs to Protect Asylum-Seekers, NAT’L INTEREST, April 29, 2015.

Recent ACUNS Activity
Represented ACUNS at Civil Society Consultations for UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants at 19 September special meeting of UNGA.

Recorded ACUNS podcast on my proposal for a Displaced Persons Convention.