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Visiting Research Fellow at TraffLab
December 2018-January 2019
July 2022

Moria Paz
Moria Paz

Dr. Moria Paz

Moria Paz is a legal scholar focusing on the intersection of immigration law, international law, law and security, international organizations, and human rights. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at TraffLab (Dec. 2018-Jan. 2019).

Paz won a number of prizes, including: the prestigious Sakıp Sabancı Research Award (2019); the Law & Humanities Interdisciplinary Writing Competition (2014); and the Laylin Prize for most outstanding paper in international law (2007). In addition, her work has won numerous distinctions, including: the New Voices Panel of the American Association of International Law (2013); the Junior Faculty Forum for International Law (2013); her paper has been identified as one of the best works of recent scholarship relating to Immigration Law, in a review published by Jotwell (2015). The Berkeley Journal of International Law selected her paper, Between the Kingdom and the Desert Sun: Human Rights, Immigration, and Border Walls, as the lead paper for a special panel organized on immigration.

Paz received her S.J.D. doctoral degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she was awarded a number of fellowships, including at the Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, The European Law Research Center, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Before Harvard, she attended The University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Beijing Normal University.

Research at TraffLab: Her research at TraffLab investigated the regional and international legal processes in the modern era that have incrementally solidified the state as an entity with borders that are closed. A state that owes no entry to individuals it did not consent to, even if they are needy and peaceful foreigners. To conduct this historical inquiry she mapped out four different legal approaches to the international regulation of mobility that span the period from 1880 to today She surveyed each of these articulations of mobility and explored the degree to which each protects different individuals and groups.


Relevant Publications 

Moria Paz, Lost in the Maze: Refugees and the Law, 53 (2)  Seton Hall L. Rev 768 (2022). [Link to Full Text]


Moria Paz, The Legal Reconstruction of Walls: N.D. & N.T. v. Spain, 2017, 2020, 22 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 693 (2020). [Full Text]

Paz is completing two forthcoming books: Network or State? International Law and The History of Jewish Self-Determination (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019) and The Law of Strangers – Critical Perspectives on Jewish Lawyering and International Legal Thought (co-edited with James Loeffler, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).

She has been published widely in law journals. Some of her work includes The Incomplete Right to Freedom of Movement, American Journal of International Law (Unbound) (2018); The Law of Walls, European Journal of International Law (2017); Asylum and Terrorism: The Death of Human Rights Law? Iowa Law Review (Bulletin), (2016); The Tower of Babel: Human Rights and the Paradox of Languages, 25(2) European Journal of International Law (2014); “The Failed Promise of Language Rights: A Critique of the International Language Rights Regime,” 54 Harvard International Law Journal (2013); States and Networks in the Formation of International Law, 26 American University International Law Review 1241 (2011); A Non-Territorial Ethnic-Religious Network and the Making of Human Rights Law: The Alliance Israelite Universelle. 4 Interdisc. J. Hum. Rts. L. 1 (2010)

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