Dr. Jill Goldenziel is a professor at the National Defense University-College of Information and Cyberspace, where she teaches future generals and high-level civilian officials from the US and 83 countries. She regularly advises military and government leaders on international law and policy. Through her consultancy, Jill Goldenziel Strategy, she advises corporate leaders on global threats and business risk. She has spoken all over the world, including before global leaders from 193 states at the United Nations. As an arbitrator, she has helped adjudicate multi-billion dollar investment disputes.
At NDU-CIC, she directs and teaches courses in International and Constitutional Law, Leadership, Strategy, Lawfare, and Information Warfare to senior civilian and military leaders from the United States and allied and partner nations. She is a non-resident Fellow at NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe/Allied Command Operations Office of Legal Affairs. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership International program and Penn’s Partnership for Innovation, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Leadership, and Organization. She is a Forbes.com contributor on National Security. She has spoken at the United Nations and dozens of events throughout the world.
Dr. Goldenziel’s award-winning scholarship focuses on international law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, refugees and migration, lawfare, and information warfare. She is working on a book on how politicization of refugee crises threatens national security, an article on lawfare and Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing (IUU F), an essay on leadership and gender that builds on her popular TEDx talk, and several projects on the use of law as a weapon of war. In 2022, NATO ACO/SHAPE Legal Office awarded her the Serge Lazareff Prize for her work as a scholar-practitioner of legal operations (lawfare). In 2023, she deployed with an elite Marine unit to the Philippines to advise on lawfare and information operations during the largest U.S.-Philippine binational exercise, Balikatan.
Dr. Goldenziel is in the top 10 percent of most-downloaded authors on the Social Science Research Network, making her one of the most widely-read social scientists in the world. 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. She has briefed United Nations officials, world parliamentarians, and senior military leaders on her research.
Dr. Goldenziel is also regularly quoted and cited in publications such as The Washington Post, the International Business Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and The New Yorker.com. She has published pieces in The Washington Post, the L.A. Times, The Huffington Post, and The National Interest, and she has been a commentator on NPR, Public Radio International, and in other media. She is a popular speaker and consultant on international law, international security, foreign policy, refugees, migration, Middle East politics, and leadership.
Since 2016, Dr. Goldenziel has participated in High-Level Meetings related to the UN Global Compact for Migration and its implementation, including speaking alongside world leaders before 164 UN Member-States at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact in Marrakech, speaking at the 2018 Inter-Parliamentary Union/UN Annual Inter-Parliamentary Hearings, and submitting draft language for the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Global Compact for Migration. She spoke as the primary representative from academia at the 2022 UN International Migration Review Forum.
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. For six wonderful years, she was a Professor at Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College (Oorah!), where she taught international and law, security studies, and the law of war to mid-career military officers in a Master’s program. Previously, she was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law, a Lecturer on Government and Social Studies at Harvard College, and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Goldenziel clerked for Judge Thomas Buergenthal (Ret., International Court of Justice) and Prof. William W. Park on three ICSID investor-state international arbitration tribunals.
Dr. Goldenziel was a Visiting Scholar at iCourts at the University of Copenhagen in 2022 and Scholar-in-Residence at the International Arbitration practice of WilmerHale in London in 2021. She is a member of the panel of neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She is a recipient of the 100x Coaching Grant for Positive Intelligence coaching training. She lives in metro Washington, DC.