Zinaida Miller is Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. 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 work examines temporality, international law, and accountability in relation to long-term racial and ethnic inequalities as well as recent conflict and atrocity. “The Injustices of Time: Rights, Redistribution, Race and Responsibility” (forthcoming, Columbia Human Rights Law Review) examines the uses of the past in legal struggles over rights, race, and redistribution in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Miller’s publications include articles on the exclusion of economic issues from transitional justice, the influence of international ideas about law, humanitarianism, and development on Palestinian governance, and the intersections of time, law, and war crimes. Her co-edited collection, Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (with Karen Engle and Dennis Davis, Cambridge University Press), explored the increasing emphasis on punishment and prosecution in the human rights movement, particularly in states emerging from conflict.
Miller serves on the Advisory Council of Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy, where she was previously a Senior Fellow. She was co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group from 2017-2020. 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 law and policy, 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
- "Distributing Justice: Transitional Justice and Stabilisation in North Africa," in Stabilising the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa (edited by Victor Gervais and Saskia van Genugten, Springer 2019)
- "The End(s) of Transition." International Law & Transitional Governance. London: Routledge. (forthcoming)
- "Transitional Justice Temporalities." The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)
- "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)
- Connections Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, March 2019-Present
- Institute for Global Law & Policy Senior Fellowship, Harvard Law School, August 2018-July 2019