Zinaida Miller Joins Northeastern as Professor of Law and International Affairs


12.19.22 — Zinaida Miller, a leading authority on transitional justice, human rights and humanitarianism, focusing on the reproduction of inequality and structural violence in areas including South Africa, Rwanda, Palestine and the US, will join the Northeastern University faculty on January 1, 2023, as professor of law and international affairs, with a joint appointment in the School of Law and the International Affairs Program of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Professor Miller to our community,” said Dean James Hackney. “Her research and insights into human rights compel us to think about the frameworks that govern our legal and social institutions and how we might harness the law to lift people up across the globe.”

Miller is co-editor of Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which explores the increasing emphasis on punishment and prosecution in the human rights movement, particularly in states emerging from conflict. Her recent articles include “Temporal Governance: The Times of Transitional Justice” (International Criminal Law Review, 2021) and “The Injustices of Time: Rights, Redistribution, Race and Responsibility”(Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2021), which analyzes the uses of the past in legal struggles over rights, race and redistribution 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 and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year by her students and colleagues. 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 she was previously 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.

“I have been a fan of Northeastern Law for many years and feel so privileged to join the faculty,” said Miller. “My scholarship focuses on, among other things, the reproduction of inequality through legal and political institutions, including those that themselves seek social justice; I cannot imagine a better group of people to work with on these questions than the students and faculty of Northeastern, at both the School of Law and the International Affairs Program.”

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. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,000 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

For more information, contact d.feldman@northeastern.edu.