Naz Khatoon Modirzadeh

Naz Khatoon Modirzadeh

Research Associate
Naz focuses on dilemmas of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict. Her most recent research and policy work focuses on the relationship between domestic and international counterterrorism regimes and humanitarian access and assistance.

Naz Modirzadeh is Senior Fellow, HLS-Brookings Project on Law and Security, Harvard Law School, where she will leads the Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement project. She was formerly Associate Director at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, where she oversaw international humanitarian law and policy activities. In her research she focuses on the intersections between international humanitarian law, human rights, Islamic law and humanitarian action. She speaks, presents, and trains regularly in academic and professional circles on these topics, and advises international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies and governments. Her publications range from policy and monitoring reports on the application of IHL in complex conflicts, counterterrorism and humanitarian assistance, Islamic law in post-war Afghanistan, to in-depth examinations of broader issues, such as on "Taking Islamic Law Seriously: INGOs and the Battle for Muslim Hearts and Minds" published in the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Her most recent publication is, "The Dark Sides of Convergence:
A Pro-Civilian Critique of the Extraterritorial Application of Human
Rights Law in Armed Conflict" in the Naval War College Blue Book's 86th Volume.

Ms. Modirzadeh previously worked for Human Rights Watch, and later served as Assistant Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Law graduate program at the American University in Cairo. Ms. Modirzadeh received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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