Jill Goldenziel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Relations
Command and Staff College

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 784-1040

Areas of Interest:

  • International and Constitutional Law
  • Refugees and Migration
  • Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War
  • Information Warfare
  • Human Rights


  • Ph.D. Government, 2012, Harvard University
  • A.M., 2008, Harvard University
  • J.D., 2004, New York University School of Law
  • A.B., 2000, Princeton University


Dr. Jill Goldenziel is Associate Professor of International Relations. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Fox Leadership International program Penn's Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics. Her award-winning scholarship focuses on international and constitutional law, human rights, refugees and migration, lawfare, and information warfare. She is a specialist in the law and politics of the Middle East. She is 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. She is in the top 10 percent of most-downloaded authors on the Social Science Research Network, making her one of the most widely-read social scientists in the world. Her work has appeared in the Cornell Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Arizona State Law Journal, among other scholarly journals. She is also regularly quoted in the popular press and is a frequent public speaker. She has briefed United Nations officials, world parliamentarians, and senior military leaders on her research.

Since 2016, Dr. Goldenziel has participated in High-Level Meetings related to the UN Global Compact for Migration its implementation, including speaking alongside world leaders before 164 UN Member-States at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact 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 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) on an investor-state international arbitration tribunal. She is Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law's Southeast Interest Group and Vice-Chair of its Human Rights Interest Group. Learn more about Dr. Goldenziel at

Selected Publications

Border Problem: The Politicization of Refugee Crises (working book project)
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 (forthcoming, Va. J. Int’l L., 2019).

Displaced: A Proposal for a New International Agreement to Protect Refugees, Migrants, and States, 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.

How to Help the Migration Crisis—and Make International Law, Harvard Law Review Blog, October 24, 2017. (selected as one of inaugural authors).

Op-Ed, Stop the Constitutional Crisis, Huffington Post, January 30, 2017.

Op-Ed, Muslim Refugees Can Still Enter the U.S. Here’s How to Help Them, Huffington Post, January 28, 2017.

Op-Ed, Should Europe Abandon its Migrant Deal with Turkey?, National Interest, October 5, 2016 (with Carl Hvenmark).

Op-Ed, Leave Gabby Douglas Alone, Huffington Post, Aug. 23, 2016.

Podcast, Proposal for a Displaced Persons Convention, Academic Council on the U.N. System, July 27, 2016.

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, Nat’l 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, Time to Revise America’s Cuban Immigration Policy, Nat’l Interest, January 21, 2015.

Op-Ed, Solving the Middle East’s Refugee Disaster, Nat’l Interest, July 30, 2014.

Op-Ed., Egypt’s Constitutional Crisis, L.A. Times, August 8, 2013, at A15 (with David Landau).

Here & Now: Egypt’s Military Deposes President Morsi, (NPR broadcast July 3, 2013).

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.

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