Zinaida Miller is Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School. Her scholarship focuses on the conceptualization, management, and regulation of post-conflict and transitional territories and populations, particularly in the areas of human rights, humanitarian aid, and transitional justice. She analyzes cooperation and contestation among local and international legal regimes and experts in moments of conflict and transition, focusing on the reproduction of inequality and structural violence. Her current research examines the relationships among temporality, international law, and accountability in the context of societies and states emerging from atrocity, widespread human rights violations, and war.
Miller's publications include articles on the exclusion of economic issues from transitional justice and the influence of international ideas about law, humanitarianism, and development on Palestinian governance, among others. Her edited collection, Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (with Karen Engle and Dennis Davis, Cambridge University Press), explores the increasing emphasis on punishment and prosecution in the human rights movement, particularly in states emerging from conflict.
Miller is co-Chair of the American Society of International Law's Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group. She has been a faculty member of Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law & Policy Workshop since 2012. Prior to joining the School of Diplomacy, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Global Governance, funded by the Erin Jellel Collins Arsenault Trust, at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development. At the School of Diplomacy, she teaches courses in human rights, public international law, and international criminal law.
- Ph.D., The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- B.A., Brown University
- "Time, Law and Judgment". Temple International Law Journal 32(1): 53-68 (2018)
- "Review: World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy," Journal of Legal Education 67(1): 345-353 (2017)
- Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (co-edited with Karen Engle and Dennis Davis) (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
- "Anti-Impunity Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda," in Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
- "Perils of Parity: Palestine's Permanent Transition." Cornell International Law Journal 47(2): 331-415 (2014)
- "Redistributing Transition," The International Journal of Transitional Justice 7(2): 370-380 (2013)
- "Unsettling Settlements: Law, Land, and Planning in the Naqab" (with Ahmad Amara) in Indigenous (In)justice: Human Rights Law and Bedouin Arabs in the Naqab/Negev (Eds. Ahmad Amara, Ismael Abu-Saad, and Oren Yiftachel, Harvard University Press, 2012)
- "Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the 'Economic' in Transitional Justice." The International Journal of Transitional Justice 2(3): 266-291 (2008)