Alexandra (Xander) A.K. Meise
Associate Teaching Professor
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, MPA 2007
Georgetown University Law Center, JD 2007
Alexandra (Xander) Meise joined the Northeastern University School of Law faculty in 2021 as associate teaching professor in the Legal Skills in Social Context program. Professor Meise researches the intersection of public and private international law, with a focus on the limits of sovereign power in emergency contexts. She is particularly interested in the contributions of democratic governance and economic development to rule of law and national security policy.
Professor Meise came to Northeastern from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she served as a senior fellow to the school and its Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law. Previously, Professor Meise spent over a decade in practice preventing and resolving international disputes, including in human rights litigation, in treaty-based international arbitrations and public international law disputes, and in designing and implementing legal reforms and human rights best practices. She continues to be very active in legal capacity building, especially in dispute resolution on the African continent through the Research Arbitration Africa initiative. In July 2021, she was named the Truman Center for National Policy's inaugural Visiting Senior Fellow for Climate and Energy Security.
Her career has spanned five continents, including work for the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia through the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), for the U.S. Department of State at posts in Europe, and in international development in countries such as Yemen and Bosnia. Professor Meise has taught International Human Rights Law at Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) and was a non-resident fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (a joint Center of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute at Columbia University). She also clerked for the Hon. Jeffrey R. Howard on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Professor Meise is a political partner of the Truman National Security Project and a member of the Carnegie New Leaders program of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and GULC, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Akademia e Arteve in Albania (2001-02).
Fields of Expertise
- Civil Rights
- Climate Change
- Constitutional Law
- Corporate Accountability
- Dispute Resolution
- Gender and the Law
- Human Rights
- International Arbitration
- International Civil and Political Rights
- International Courts
- International Criminal Law
- International Development
- International Humanitarian Law
- International Law
- International Organizations
- International Social and Economic Rights
- Investor-State Dispute Resolution
- National Security Law
- Sovereign Immunity
- Supreme Court
- Sustainable Development
- Voting Rights
- Women, Peace and Security
- “U.S. Climate Commitments in the Wake of West Virginia v. EPA,” 26 ASIL Insights (August 16, 2022).
- “Lessons from the Arctic: The Need for Intersectoral Climate Security Policy,” Briefing Paper of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Center for Ethics & the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania (January 19, 2021).
- “Sovereign Immunities in Arbitral Award Enforcement: The Practice of U.S. Courts,” (forthcoming).
- “ABA Africa Committee Year-in-Review,” contributing author (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
- “Thirty-Five Years behind the Veil: Using Bancec’s Alter Ego Analysis to Establish Jurisdiction in Sovereign Litigation in U.S. Courts” (forthcoming).
- “Domestic Election Observer Guide to Elections in the Republic of Yemen,” National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (Sept. 2006).
- “Domestic and Foreign Direct Liability” in Bloomberg Practice Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility (co-author) (Bloomberg, 2013; third edition, 2016).
- “Decision on the Preliminary Objection in ECCC Case 001: Implications for Retroactivity Analysis in Criminal Matters” in Accountability (American Society of International Law’s International Criminal Law Interest Group, 2010/2011).
- “Consent and Due Process in Multiparty Investor-State Arbitrations” in International Investment Law in the 21st Century, ed. C. Binder et al (co-author) (Oxford University Press, 2009).
- “2022 Was a Historic Year for Climate Change Policies. What’s Next for 2023?,” News@Northeastern (December 14, 2022).
- “Why Did the US Trade Viktor Bout, a Notorious Arms Dealer, for Brittney Griner?,” News@Northeastern (December 9, 2022) .
- “The AI Portrait App Lensa Has Gone Viral, but It Might Be More Problematic Than You Think,” News@Northeastern (December 9, 2022).
- “What LGBTQ Fans Visiting Qatar for the World Cup Can Expect, and What Soccer Lovers Around the Globe Need to Know,” News@Northeastern (November 19, 2022).
- Panel Video: “Unpacking the Challenges at the Intersection of Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change,” Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference (October 27, 2022).
- “A Woman’s Facebook Messages Were Used in an Abortion Case. Here’s Why That’s Not Surprising,” News@Northeastern (August 18, 2022).
- “Brittney Griner Was Sentenced to Nine Years in Russia. What Will Happen to Her Next?,” News@Northeastern (August 5, 2022).
- “The Death Toll in the Kentucky Floods Is Climbing. Could This Have Been Prevented?,” News@Northeastern (August 3, 2022).
- “Does Taylor Swift Deserve Criticism Over Her Private Jet Habits?,” News@Northeastern (August 2, 2022).
- “WNBA Star Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in Russia,” The 19th (July 7, 2022).
- “‘Not All Is Lost’ in Climate Change Fight After Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Regulatory Power,” News@Northeastern (June 20, 2022).
- “Understanding the Supreme Court EPA Greenhouse Gas Ruling,” NBC Boston (June 30, 2022).
- “Northeastern Law Professor Explains SCOTUS Ruling Limiting EPA,” NBC Boston (June 30, 2022).
- “Will the U.S. Now Jump Through Hoops To Bring WNBA Player Brittney Griner Home?,” News@Northeastern (May 9, 2022).
- “War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, or Genocide? How To Understand Russian Atrocities in Ukraine,” News@Northeastern (April 12, 2022).
- “Russia’s Attacks on Civilian Targets Have Obliterated Everyday Life in Ukraine” News@Northeastern (March 24, 2022).
- “Russia’s Attacks on Civilian Targets Have Obliterated Everyday Life in Ukraine,” The New York Times (March 23, 2022).
- “What Happens to an American Imprisoned in Russia? For a WNBA Star, the Troubles Have Only Just Begun,” News@Northeastern (March 15, 2022).
- “Will Putin Face War Crimes Charges? Here’s How the Legal Process May Play Out,” News@Northeastern (March 9, 2022).
- “Meet the Law Professor Who Helped Refugees Escape Afghanistan. Her Work Has Just Begun,” News@Northeastern (September 1, 2021).
- “Making Inclusive Uniform Service More Resilient through Congressional Support” Just Security (March 12, 2021).
- “Save PA’s Crucial Election by Changing the Deadline,” DelCo Times (April 15, 2020).
- “‘Women, Peace, and Security’ Initiatives Are National Security Initiatives,” The Rule of Law Post (February 19, 2020).
- “When Can the US Withdraw from a Treaty?” New Hampshire Bar News (co-authored) (July 19, 2017).
- “South Africa Passes Long-Anticipated Investment Law Reforms,” IBA Mining Law Committee News, vol. 8 no. 2, (September, 2016).
- “SDNY Applies Kiobel II and Holds Corporations May Be Liable under the Alien Tort Statute,” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (April 30, 2014).
- “ATS of the North? Canadian Court Allows Suit to Continue for Human Rights Abuses Committed Abroad,” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (August 7, 2013).
- “The ATS’s Second Act: The Supreme Court Looks to Address the Unanswered Questions of Kiobel,” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (April 23, 2013).
- “Supreme Court Holds that Plaintiffs Must Overcome Presumption Against Extraterritoriality in Alien Tort Statute Cases,” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (April 17, 2013).
- “The Future of the Alien Tort Statute, Take II: The US Supreme Court Hears New Arguments on Extraterritorial Liability,” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (October 3, 2012).
- “US Supreme Court Holds that the TVPA Does Not Apply to Organizations, but Corporate Officers Are Still Fair Game,” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (April 23, 2012).
- “Would the End of the Alien Tort Statute Mean an End to Corporate Liability for Human Rights Abuses?” Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law Blog (April 10, 2012).
- Book Review: Benjamin E. Griffith’s “America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights,” New Hampshire Bar News (Oct. 17, 2008).
- Book Review: Kenneth Pollack’s “Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America,” Columbia Journal of International Affairs (Spring/Summer 2007).
Alexandra (Xander) A.K. Meise
Associate Teaching Professor