Naz K. Modirzadeh is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. She writes and teaches primarily in the field of public international law, with a focus on non-use of force, armed conflict, the U.N. Security Council, and counterterrorism issues. In the Fall 2022 term, Modirzadeh is teaching Laws of War and Public International Law, as well as a reading group on International Lawyering.
Modirzadeh is the founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (HLS PILAC). She is responsible for overall direction of the program, contributing to its cutting-edge research initiatives, briefing senior decision-makers, and advising governments, United Nations agencies, international humanitarian organizations, and NGOs.
Modirzadeh is on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and has served on a number of advisory boards for high-level U.N. and other initiatives. She is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Modirzadeh co-hosts ICG’s Hold Your Fire! podcast. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
- B.A. Political Science University of California, Berkeley, 1999
- J.D. Law Harvard Law School, 2002
FavoriteNaz K. Modirzadeh, Cut These Words: Passion and International Law of War Scholarship, 61 Harv. Int'l L.J. 1 (2020).
- Naz K. Modirzadeh & Dustin A. Lewis, Humanitarian Values in a Counterterrorism Era, 103 Intl. Rev. Red Cross, 916-917, Oct. 6, 2021, at 403.
- Naz K. Modirzadeh & Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, A conversation between Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga and Naz Khatoon Modirzadeh on the origins, objectives, and context of the 24 February 2021 ‘Arria-formula’ meeting convened by Mexico, 8 J. on the Use of Force and Intl. L. no. 2, 2021, at 291.
- Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Ildefonso Castro, Christiaan Rebergen, Matthew Rycroft, Iman Nuwayhid, Leonard Rubenstein, Ahmad Tarakji, Naz Modirzadeh, Homer Venters & Samer Jabbour, Protecting Health Care in Armed Conflict: Actions Towards Accountability, 391 The Lancet, Apr. 2018, at 1477.
- Jessica S. Burniske, Naz K. Modirzadeh & Dustin A. Lewis, Armed Non-State Actors and International Human Rights Law: An Analysis of the Practice of the U.N. Security Council and U.N. General Assembly (Harvard Law Sch. Program on Int’l Law & Armed Conflict, June 29, 2017).