Alexandra (Xander) Meise Joins Northeastern Law


07.15.21 — Northeastern Law is pleased to announce that Alexandra (Xander) Meise joins the university faculty today as associate teaching professor in the Legal Skills in Social Context program. 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.

Meise comes 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, 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.

Meise’s 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 US Department of State at posts in Europe, and in international development in countries such as Yemen and Bosnia. 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 Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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).

“As an explorer of the intersections of national security, law and policy, I was very attracted to Northeastern’s longstanding tradition of integrating legal theory and practice,” said Meise. “I could not be more excited to join the Northeastern Law community.”

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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