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Dr. Jill Goldenziel, CSC

Dr. Jill Goldenziel is Associate Professor at Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College.  She is also a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Fox Leadership International program.  

Dr. Jill Goldenziel is Associate Professor of International Relations at Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College, where she teaches Security Studies, International Law, and the Law of War.  She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Fox Leadership International program.  


Dr. Goldenziel's scholarship focuses on international law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, refugees and migration, information warfare, and law and religion.  She is a specialist in the law and politics of the Middle East.  She is currently working on a book on how politicization of refugee crises threatens national security and several projects on the use of law as a weapon of war.  Since 2016, Dr. Goldenziel has participated in High-Level Meetings related to the UN Global Compact for Migration and its implementation, including speaking alongside world leaders before 164 UN Member-States at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact in Marrakech, speaking at the 2018 Inter-Parliamentary Union/UN Annual Inter-Parliamentary Hearings, and submitting draft language for the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Global Compact for Migration


Dr. Goldenziel's award-winning scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of International LawVirginia Journal of International Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Arizona State Law JournalBerkeley Journal of International LawChicago Journal of International Law, and the American Journal of Comparative Law, among other scholarly journals.  She has published pieces 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 TimesThe Atlantic, and The Boston Globe, and The New Yorker.com.  She is a sought-after 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 has clerked for Judge Thomas Buergenthal (Ret., International Court of Justice) and Prof. William W. Park on ICSID investor-state international arbitration tribunals.  She is Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law's Human Rights Interest Group.  





Weapon of the Weak: How Small States are Using International Law to Fight Great Powers
working project funded by the Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative)

The New Fighting Words?: How U.S. Law Hampers the Fight Against Information Warfare __U.
Pa. J. Const. L.__ (forthcoming, 2019) (with Manal Cheema).

Checking Rights at the Border: Detention of Migrants in International and Comparative Law
Va. J. Int’l L., 2019).

Displaced: A Proposal for a New International Agreement to Protect Refugees, Migrants, and
, 35 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 47 (2017).

Curse of the Nation-State: Refugees, Migration, and Security in International Law, 48 Ariz. St.
L. J. 579 (2016).

Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International
Refugee Law
14 Chi. J. Int’l L. 453-92 (2014). 

Veiled Political Questions: Islamic Dress, Constitutionalism, and the Ascendance of Courts, 61
Am. J. Comp. L. 1 (2013) (peer-reviewed).  

  • Reprinted in Mark Tushnet, ed., Comparative Constitutional Law, International Library of Comparative Law Series (Edward Elgar, 2016).

Sanctioning Faith: Religion, State, and U.S.-Cuban Relations, 25 J. L. & Pol. 179 (2009).

Blaine’s Name in Vain?: State Constitutions, School Choice, and Charitable Choice, 83 Denv. U. L. Rev. 57 (2005).

  • Cited in Moses v. Ruszkowski, 2018 WL 6566646 (N.M., 2018) (Nakamura, C.J., dissenting); Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District, 356 P.3d 833 (Colo. App. 2013) (Bernard, J. dissenting).
  • Cited by Office of the Attorney General, State of Tennessee, in official opinion, “Constitutionality of School Vouchers Program,” March 26, 2013.
  • Cited in 14 additional state and federal court pleadings

Administratively Quirky, Constitutionally Murky: The Bush Faith-Based Initiative, 8 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 359 (2005).  



Protecting First Amendment Rights in the Fight Against Disinformation: Lessons Learned from FISA, __ Md. L. Rev.__ (forthcoming 2019) (with Manal Cheema).

The Law and Politics of Displacement, __ Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. __ (forthcoming 2020) (edited panel proceedings).

Business and Human Rights, __ Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. __ (forthcoming 2019) (edited panel proceedings).

When Law Migrates: Refugees in Comparative International Law, in Paul Stephan et al., eds., Comparative International Law, Oxford University Press (2018).

Virtues Are Not Enough: A Response to Michael Ignatieff, 13 J. Int’l L. & Int’l Relations 15 (2017).

International Decisions: Khlaifia and others v. Italy, App. No. 16483/12 (European Court of Human Rights, 2016), 112 Am. J. Int’l L. 274, 2018.

International Decisions: Plaintiff M68/2015 v. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Ors (110 Am. J. Int’l L. 546, 2016).

Refugees and International Security, in On the Move: Migration Challenges in the Indian Ocean Littoral, 29-42 (Henry L. Stimson Center, 2010).  

Fire Prevention: A Review of Amy Chua’s World on Fire, 23 UCLA Pac. Basin L. J. 78 (2006).  



  • Op-Ed, A Non-Binding UN Human Rights Agreement Can Still Be Powerful, National Interest, December 16, 2018. https://goo.gl/CTMyub
  • How to Help the Migration Crisis—and Make International Law, Harvard Law Review Blog, October 24, 2017. (selected as one of inaugural authors). https://goo.gl/ivg1H6
  • Op-Ed, Stop the Constitutional Crisis, Huffington Post, January 30, 2017. https://goo.gl/OrqkeL
  • Op-Ed, Muslim Refugees Can Still Enter the U.S. Here’s How to Help Them, Huffington Post, January 28, 2017. https://goo.gl/IxaOyg
  • Op-Ed, Should Europe Abandon its Migrant Deal with Turkey?, National Interest, October 5, 2016 (with Carl Hvenmark). https://goo.gl/KqqZQ8
  • Op-Ed, Leave Gabby Douglas Alone, Huffington Post, Aug. 23, 2016. http://huff.to/2bMGao6
  • Podcast, Proposal for a Displaced Persons Convention, Academic Council on the U.N. System, July 27, 2016. http://goo.gl/6P4qiR 
  • Op-Ed, China Can’t Ignore the Hague’s Decision—But it Can Avoid It, Huffington Post, July 13, 2016. http://goo.gl/0QBQ2Y 
  • Op-Ed, The EU Must Act Now on Migration to Save Itself, Nat’l Interest, July 12, 2016 (with Carl Hvenmark). http://goo.gl/9X5c8r 
  • Op-Ed, Paris Attacks Reveal ISIS’ Weakness, Not its Strength, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, November 25, 2015 (with Vera Mironova). http://goo.gl/BHTxsc 
  • Fact Sheet, U.S. Resettlement of Syrian Refugees, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, November 18, 2015. http://goo.gl/5wVW3F 
  • Op-Ed, Europe’s Migrant Policing Initiative has Nothing to do With Migration, National Interest, November 9, 2015. http://goo.gl/BJIU41 
  • Op-Ed, International Law is The Real Threat to China’s South China Sea Claims, The Diplomat, Nov. 3, 2015. http://goo.gl/WsNV0F 
  • Op-Ed, We’re Putting Lives in Danger By Not Clarifying What it Takes to Get Asylum in Europe, Huffington Post, Nov. 3, 2015. http://goo.gl/r0KnGS 
  • Debunking Myths: Refugees, Migrants, and Chicago Violence (Radio Islam Chicago broadcast Oct. 19, 2015). https://goo.gl/F7ALwK 
  • This Will Challenge Your Misconceptions about the Refugee Crisis, The World with Marco Werman (PRI Broadcast September 30, 2015). http://goo.gl/KSX1Bq 
  • Five Myths about Syrian Migrants, Washington Post, Sunday Outlook, September 27, 2015. https://goo.gl/47sblW 
  • Migrant or Refugee?: That Shouldn’t Be a Life-or-Death Question, Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog, September 8, 2015. https://goo.gl/n9ri50 
  • Op-Ed, Saved: International Law Needs to Protect Asylum-Seekers, Nat’l Interest, April 29, 2015. http://goo.gl/U7aJpK 
  • Op-Ed, Time to Revise America’s Cuban Immigration Policy, Nat’l Interest, January 21, 2015. http://goo.gl/keqE1W 
  • Op-Ed, Solving the Middle East’s Refugee Disaster, Nat’l Interest, July 30, 2014. http://goo.gl/aN0x5s 
  • Op-Ed., Egypt’s Constitutional Crisis, L.A. Times, August 8, 2013, at A15 (with David Landau). http://goo.gl/6ob2FF 
  • Here & Now: Egypt’s Military Deposes President Morsi, (NPR broadcast July 3, 2013). http://goo.gl/k8hq8x 
  • Quoted in The Boston Globe, The International Business Times, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Ha’aretz (Israel), among others. Research featured in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
  • Contributor, PrawfsBlawg
  • 2018-2019 Columnist, ICONnect blog.