Zinaida Miller is Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Her current work examines time, international law, and accountability in relation to long-term racial and ethnic inequalities as well as recent conflict and atrocity. Her recent article, "The Injustices of Time: Rights, Redistribution, Race and Responsibility" (Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2021), 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. Forthcoming work will address the relationships among law, temporality, power, and distribution in international and transitional justice.
Miller’s scholarship has examined the conceptualization, management, and regulation of post-conflict and transitional territories and populations focusing on the reproduction of inequality and structural violence in the areas of human rights, humanitarian aid, and transitional justice. Her 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, 2016), 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
- DIPL 3104 Public International Law
- DIPL 4106 Human Rights Law & Policy
- DIPL 4198 International Criminal Law
- DIPL 6140 International Human Rights
- "The Injustices of Time: Rights, Race, Redistribution, and Responsibility", Columbia Human Rights Law Review 52(2), 647-737 (2021)
- "Embedded Ambivalence: Un-Governing Global Justice", Transnational Legal Theory, 11(3), 353-581. (2020)
- "Distributing Justice: Transitional Justice and Stabilisation in North Africa", Stabilizing the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa -Regional Actors and New Approaches (pp. 281-306). Palgrave MacMillan.(2020)
- "The End(s) of Transition", International Law & Transitional Governance: Critical Perspectives (pp. 115-134). London: Routledge. (2020)
- "Time, Law, and Judgment", Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, 32(1), 53-68. (2018)
- “Review Essay: A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy,” Journal of Legal Education 67(1): 345-353 (2017)
- “Politics, Power, and Anti-Impunity: Rwanda After Genocide,” in Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Karen Engle, Zinaida Miller, & Dennis Davis, eds., Cambridge University Press)
- “Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition,” Cornell International Law Journal 47(2): 331-415 (2014)
- “Review Essay: (Re)Distributing Transition,” The International Journal of Transitional Justice 7(2): 370-80 (2013)
- “Land, Law, and Planning in the Bedouin Naqab,” (with Ahmad Amara), in Indigenous (In)Justice: Human Rights Law and Bedouin Arabs in the Naqab/Negev (Oren Yiftachel, Ahmad Amara, & Ismail Abu-Saad, eds., 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)
- Miller, Z. (in press). "Transitional Justice Temporalities", The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Media Appearances and Interviews
- Jack Herrera, “What would 'transitional justice' look like in the United States?” Prism. (December 9, 2020)
- "Transitional Justice, Race, and the United States," Just Security. (June 30, 2020).
- "What About Social and Economic Rights?," Justice Visions Podcast. (May 28, 2020).