Senior Fellow

Naz Modirzadeh is Senior Fellow, HLS-Brookings Project on Law and Security, Harvard Law School, where she leads the Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Project. The project carries out high-level legal research and policy analysis on the intersection between counterterrorism regulations and humanitarian action in situations of armed conflict. Ms. Modirzadeh regularly advises international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law/LOAC, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations concerning humanitarian assistance.

In her research and policy work, Naz K. Modirzadeh Ms. Modirzadeh focuses on the intersections between Islamic law, international human rights, and humanitarian law. She speaks, presents, and trains regularly in academic and professional circles on these topics. Her publications range from policy and monitoring reports on the use of torture to dilemmas in protection of civilians and the law of armed conflict, and from Islamic law in post-war Afghanistan to in-depth examinations of broader issues. Her publications include:

Ms. Modirzadeh previously worked for the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research and Human Rights Watch, and 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.