Professor of Law and International Affairs
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, PhD 2015
Harvard Law School, JD 2007
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, MALD 2007
Zinaida Miller holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and the International Affairs Program of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. She has written extensively on transitional justice and human rights, focusing on inequality and structural violence.
Miller’s scholarship has been widely published in journals and books including the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Transnational Legal Theory, Cornell International Law Journal, and Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. She is co-editor of Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which explores the emphasis on punishment and prosecution in the human rights movement, particularly in states emerging from conflict. Her current research, including “Temporal Governance: The Times of Transitional Justice” (International Criminal Law Review, 2021), investigates the relationships among temporality, rights, and justice. “The Injustices of Time: Rights, Redistribution, Race and Responsibility”(Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2021) analyzed the uses of the past in legal and political struggles over racial and economic inequalities in the US, Canada, South Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Prior to joining Northeastern, Miller was Associate Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, where she taught courses in public international law, international criminal law, race and international law, and human rights. She previously held a post-doctoral fellowship in global governance, funded by the Erin Jellel Collins Arsenault Trust, at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.
Miller was co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group from 2017 to 2020. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy, where earlier she was a senior fellow. Miller received her AB from Brown University, JD from Harvard Law School and her MALD and PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Fields of Expertise
- Human Rights
- International Criminal Law
- International Law
- Transitional Justice
- “Temporal Governance: The Times of Transitional Justice,” 21 International Criminal Law Review (2021).
- “The Injustices of Time: Rights, Race, Redistribution, and Responsibility,” 52 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 647 (2021).
- “Embedded Ambivalence: Ungoverning Global Justice,” 11 Transnational Legal Theory 353 (2020).
- “Time, Law, and Judgment,” 32 Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 53 (2018).
- “Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition,” 47 Cornell International Law Journal 331 (2014).
- “Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice,” 2 International Journal of Transitional Justice 266 (2008) [Translated to Spanish and republished as “Efectos de la Invisibilidad: En Búsqueda de lo ‘Económico’ en la Justicia Transicional,” in Perspectivas Jurídicas de las Paz 2016].
- “Radicalism and Responsibility,” 1 Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left 1 (2005) (co-author) [Translated to Italian and republished as “Il Progetto Politico e la Responsabilità Del Giurista,” 23 Rivista Critica Del Diritto Privato 355 (2005)].
- “Transitional Justice Temporalities.” In The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice, eds. L.Douglas et al. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
- “Oscillating Justice: Between Universal and Particular.” In International Law and Universality, eds. I. Aral and J. d’Aspremont (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
- “The End(s) of Transition.” In International Law and Transitional Governance, eds. M. Wiebusch and E. De Groof (Routledge Press, 2020).
- “Distributing Justice: Transitional Justice and Stabilisation in North Africa.” In Stabilising the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa, eds. V. Gervais and S. van Genugten (Springer Press, 2019).
- “Anti-Impunity Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda.” In Anti-impunity and the Human Rights Agenda, eds K. Engle et al. (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
- “Land, Law, and Planning in the Bedouin Naqab.” In Indigenous (In)Justice: Miller Human Rights Law and Bedouin Arabs in the Naqab/Negev, eds. A. Amara et al. (Harvard University Press, 2012) (co-author).
- “Rethinking Past and Future: Rights and Times,” Open Global Rights (July 16, 2021).
- “Transitional Justice, Race, and the United States,” Just Security (June 30, 2020).
- “What about Social and Economic Rights,” Justice Visions Podcast.