Naz Modirzadeh

Founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Non-resident Research Fellow at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the Naval War College. Non-resident Research Associate in the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute.

Naz Modirzadeh represents a strong voice for public international law, tackling immensely challenging issues in a wide range of fields. She regularly advises and briefs international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations relating to humanitarian assistance. For more than a decade, she has carried out legal research and policy work concerning a number of armed conflict situations.

She is also on the Board of Directors of the Center for Civilians in Conflict, on the Advisory Board of Geneva Call, and on the Interim Advisory Group of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Integrated Regional Information Networks. Further, she is a non-resident Research Fellow at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the Naval War College.

In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, “Beyond her impressive voice in a complex and multidimensional area of practice, Modirzadeh is an inspiring and moving educator. Beginning in 2014 she has motivated Harvard Law students to grapple with these immensely difficult areas of the law, employing deft facilitation to draw out the sophisticated nuances of undecided dilemmas and challenges within the context of armed conflict, counterterrorism, and humanitarian assistance.  She is a mentor with an open door, a passion for dialogue and the exchange of thought, and an interest in supporting the growth of a new generation of international lawyers. In short, she is an irreplaceable part of Harvard Law Schools public international community.”