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Professor Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore

Professor of Law
Ron & Susan Friedman Faculty Excellence Award

B.A. 1983, Amherst College
J.D. 1987, Harvard University
Member of the California Bar

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-5564
 Fax: 505-277-1597
 Office: 3112


Prior to joining the UNM law faculty in 1995, Jennifer Moore worked for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, first as an associate protection officer in West Africa, then as a legal officer in Washington, D.C. In Washington, D.C., she often conducted training sessions on refugee law for government officials, immigrant advocates, and other audiences.

Her interest in refugee issues began when she was a student at Amherst College. Following graduation in 1983, she worked as a research assistant for the Refugee Policy Group, a think tank on refugee issues.

During law school at Harvard, she spent a summer conducting field research on the protection of Salvadoran refugees in Honduras for Catholic Relief Services. This agency provided assistance to the refugees in camps administered by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Moore continues to take on occasional projects for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and, during the summer of 2000, she worked with her father for the War-Torn Societies Project International in Croatia. They interviewed a range of Croatians and expatriates working in Croatia to determine if the climate was right for the project's help in post-conflict reconstruction in that country.

She co-authored the first law school casebook on refugee law, Refugee Law and Policy (Fourth Edition 2011). Moore brings her expertise to the law school, teaching courses on refugee and human rights law.

In 2002-03, Moore was in Tanzania on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she taught international law at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. She also planned and facilitated human rights workshops for Burundian refugees residing in camps in Western Tanzania.

In August, 2004, the Dean of Arts and Sciences appointed Moore Director of UNM Peace Studies, an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in the study of the causes of violence and alternatives to violence. Her term as Director ended in December 2006, and she remains active in the program as a member of the Peace Studies Curriculum Committee.

Moore authored Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa, in which she explores the various ways in which humanitarian and human rights law serve as tools of conflict resolution and transitional justice in countries emerging from protracted civil wars. The book builds on her field research in Uganda, Burundi and Sierra Leone, and was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She is currently working on a second manuscript under a book contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. The working title is Transformation After Violence: Justice, Gender, and Civil Society in Africa. This book focuses on the perspectives of women engaged in grassroots peacebuilding activities in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Burundi, now a decade or more since the peace agreements were negotiated at the national level in each country.

Blog Articles

Jennifer Moore, Talking with Women about Community Healing in Uganda and Sierra Leone, IntLawGrrls Blog Post (featuring voices on international law, policy and practice), August 3, 2016,

Jennifer Moore, Freedom from Detention for Central American Families, Oxford U. Press Blog (August 17, 2015),

Jennifer Moore, The Responsibility to Protect in the Ebola outbreak, Oxford U. Press Blog (September 22, 2014),

Jennifer Moore, Humanitarian protection for unaccompanied children from Central America, Oxford U. Press Blog (July 30, 2014, 5:30 AM),

Jennifer Moore, Punitive Military Strikes on Syria Risk an Inhumane Intervention, Oxford U. Press Blog (Sept. 2, 2013, 4:30 AM),

Jennifer Moore, Just Who Are Humanitarian Workers?, Oxford U. Press Blog (Aug. 19, 2013, 5:30 AM),


Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Refugee Law and Policy: A Comparative and International Approach, co-authored with K. Musalo & R. Boswell (4th Edition, Carolina Academic Press, 2011).

Articles and Book Chapters

Engendering Peace and Justice after Armed Conflict: A Call for Qualitative Research among Women's Community Networks" (Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Occasional Paper Series, 2016).

"Demonizing Muslims Only Benefits IS," Opinion Piece published in The Albuquerque Journal, Dec. 19, 2015.

Transforming Societies after Violence: Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Transitional Justice in Africa (J.R. Stormes SJ, E.O. Opongo SJ, K. Wansamo SJ, and P. Knox SJ, eds., ACORD and HIPSIR, 2015.)

Protection against the Forced Return of War Refugees: An Interdisciplinary Consensus on Humanitarian Non-refoulement (Chapter 17 in Refuge from Inhumanity: War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Eds. David Cantor and Jean-Francois Durieux, Martinus Nijhoff, 2014).

R2P= MDGs: Implementing the Responsibility to Protect through the Millennium Development Goals, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (Vol. 40, Nos. 1-3, 2012).

The Alchemy of Exile: Strengthening a Culture of Human Rights in the Burundian Refugee Camps in Tanzania, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy (Vol. 27, 2008).

U.S. Funding Key to U.N.’s Darfur Mission (opinion piece calling for U.S. action to end genocide in Darfur, Sudan), Albuquerque Journal, Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Third Anniversary of Iraq Invasion Sparks Dissent (opinion piece calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq), Albuquerque Journal, Saturday, March 25, 2006.

Practicing What We Preach: Humane Treatment for Detainees in the War on Terror, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy (Vol. 34, No. 1, Winter 2005).

Collective Security with a Human Face: An International Legal Framework for Coordinated Action to Alleviate Violence and Poverty, Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, (Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter 2004).

Senate Vote Should Reaffirm American Values (opinion piece opposing Alberto Gonzales nomination as U.S. Attorney General), Albuquerque Journal, Wednesday, February 2, 2005.

As U.N. 'Negotiates,' Sudan Genocide Rages (opinion piece), Albuquerque Journal, Monday, December 6, 2004.

Speaking Law to Power: Joan Fitzpatrick, 1950-2003 (obituary), Journal of Refugee Studies (Vol. 16, No. 4, December 2003).

Whither the Accountability Theory: Second-Class Status for Third-Party Refugees as a Threat to International Protection, International Journal of Refugee Law (Vol. 13, Nos. 1 & 2, 2001).

From Nation State to Failed State: International Protection from Human Rights Abuses by Non-State Agents, 31 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 81 (1999).

Restoring the Humanitarian Character of U.S. Refugee Law: Lessons from the International Community, 15 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 51 (1997).

The International Protection of Refugees: The Impact of Emergent Challenges on U.S. Law and Policy, inContemporary Practice of Public International Law (Ellen G. Schaffer & Randall J. Snyder eds., 1997).

Simple Justice: Humanitarian Law as a Defense to Deportation, 4 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 11 (1991).

Book Reviews

Book Review, 11 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 277 (1988) (reviewing Elvia Alvarado, A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart)(co-authored with J. Vogele).

Contributions to Official Documents

Discussion Paper, "Non-State Agents of Persecution as a Basis for Refugee Statues" (as consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, drafted and submitted paper to UNHCR Division of International Protection, 23 April, 1998).

Sexual Violence Against Refugees: Guidelines on Prevention and Response (UNHCR, March 1995, Geneva) (drafted comments to 1994 Proposed Guidelines for UNHCR Headquarters, in capacity as UNHCR Associate Legal Officer, Washington, D.C.).

Immigration and Naturalization Service "Considerations for INS Officers Adjudicating Asylum Claims from Women" (Memorandum from Phyllis Coven, Office of International Affairs, U.S. INS to all INS Asylum Offices, May 26, 1995) (drafted UNHCR comments to 1994 Proposed INS Gender Considerations, in capacity as UNHCR Associate Legal Officer, Washington, D.C.).

UNHCR Protection Reports on the United States (1994, 1993) (drafted sections of two consecutive annual reports on the status of refugees in the United States, in capacity as UNHCR Associate Legal Officer, Washington, D.C.).

UNHCR Protection Reports on Guinea (1992, 1991) (drafted sections of two consecutive annual reports on the status of refugees in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, in capacity as UNHCR Associate Protection Officer, Conakry, Guinea).