Dr. Jill Goldenziel


International Law, Lawfare, Information Warfare, Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Law of War, Migration, Refugees, Leadership

Dr. Jill Goldenziel is a Professor at the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership International Program and Penn’s Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership Ethics. 

Dr. Goldenziel’s award-winning scholarship focuses on international law, lawfare, information warfare, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, the law of war, refugees and migration, and leadership. Her award-winning work has appeared in the Cornell Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law,  and the Arizona State Law Journal, among other scholarly journals.  Dr. Goldenziel is also a Forbes.com contributor on Defense and National Security and is frequently quoted and cited in the press.

Dr. Goldenziel is a sought-after speaker and consultant. She regularly advises elite Marine units, the Joint Force, Combatant Commands, and civilian agencies on lawfare and legal issues, and has briefed senior military and civilian leadership on her research. She received the 2022 Serge Lazareff Prize from NATO’s Allied Command Operations Office of Legal Affairs at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for her work on legal operations (known elsewhere as lawfare or counter-lawfare).  Since 2016, Dr. Goldenziel has had High-Level involvement in the processes to negotiate, create, and implement the UN Global Compact for Migration (GCM), as a representative of the Academic Council on the UN System. She spoke as the primary representative from academia at the 2022 UN International Migration Review Forum Stakeholder’s Meeting, spoke alongside world leaders before 164 UN Member-States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the GCM, and submitted draft language for both documents and the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

Dr. Goldenziel was previously a Professor at U.S. Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College, a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a Lecturer on Government and Social Studies at Harvard College, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Law. She clerked for Judge Thomas Buergenthal (Ret., International Court of Justice) and Prof. William W. Park on ICSID investor-state international arbitration tribunals.  She has been a Visiting Scholar at iCourts at the University of Copenhagen and a Scholar-in-Residence at the International Arbitration practice of WilmerHale in London. 

Dr. Goldenziel holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in Government from Harvard University, a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and an A.B. from Princeton University. 

Current Courses:

Cyber Law

Information Warfare Strategies 


The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Immigration Law (forthcoming, 2023, Oxford University Press)(co-edited with Kevin Cope and Stella Burch Elias)

Longer Works: 

An Alternative to Zombieing: Lawfare Between Russia and Ukraine and The Future of International Law, Cornell L. Rev. Online (forthcoming, 2022). 

Law as a Battlefield: The U.S., China, and Global Escalation of Lawfare, 106 Cornell L. Rev. 1085 (2021). 

The New Fighting Words?: How U.S. Law Hampers the Fight Against Information Warfare, 22 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 81 (2019) (with Manal Cheema). 

Protecting First Amendment Rights in the Fight Against Disinformation: Lessons Learned from FISA, 79 Md. L. Rev. 114 (2019) (with Manal Cheema). 

Checking Rights at the Border: Detention of Migrants in International and Comparative Law, 60 Va. J. Int’l L. 156 (2020). 

Displaced: A Proposal for a New International Agreement to Protect Refugees, Migrants, and States, 35 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 47 (2017). 

Curse of the Nation-State: Refugees, Migration, and Security in International Law, 48 Ariz. St. L. J. 579 (2016). 

Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law 14 Chi. J. Int’l L. 453-92 (2014).  

Veiled Political Questions: Islamic Dress, Constitutionalism, and the Ascendance of Courts, 61 Am. J. Comp. L. 1 (2013) (peer-reviewed).   

  • Reprinted in Mark Tushnet, ed., Comparative Constitutional Law, International Library of Comparative Law Series (Edward Elgar, 2016). 

Sanctioning Faith: Religion, State, and U.S.-Cuban Relations, 25 J. L. & Pol. 179 (2009). 

Blaine’s Name in Vain?: State Constitutions, School Choice, and Charitable Choice, 83 Denv. U. L. Rev. 57 (2005). 

  • Cited in Moses v. Ruszkowski, 2018 WL 6566646 (N.M., 2018) (Nakamura, C.J., dissenting); Taxpayers for Public Education v. Douglas County School District, 356 P.3d 833 (Colo. App. 2013) (Bernard, J. dissenting). 

  • Cited by Office of the Attorney General, State of Tennessee, in official opinion, “Constitutionality of School Vouchers Program,” March 26, 2013. 

  • Cited in 14 additional state and federal court pleadings 

Administratively Quirky, Constitutionally Murky: The Bush Faith-Based Initiative, 8 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 359 (2005).