International Law Expert and Researcher

Heather Alexander is an expert on statelessness, refugee law, and migration. Her current work focuses on how statelessness, climate change and land management affect nomadic peoples, refugees and migrants. Her work highlights the relationship between settlement, state sovereignty and nationality law.

She has a JD and is completing a PhD in law at Tilburg University.

She has ten years of experience working on migration and human rights in Australia, Gabon, Chad, Sri Lanka, Kosovo and the United States, including several positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She began her career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.

Heather is a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar Association. She is also proficient in French.

Academic Publications:

"The Open Sky or a Brick and Mortar School? Statelessness, Education and Nomadic Children," World's

Stateless Report, Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, (2017)

"No Port, No Passport: Why Submerged States Can Have No Nationals," Wash. Int'l L. J. 26.2 (2017)

Heather Alexander and Jonathan Simon, "Unable to Return" in the 1951 Refugee Convention: Stateless Refugees and Climate Change, 26 Fl. J. of Int'l L. 531 (2014)

Heather Alexander and Jonathan Simon, "Sinking Into Statelessness, "19 Tilburg U. L. Rev. 20 (2014);jsessionid=5u6lt3dpqcuro.x-brill-live-03

Heather Alexander, "Justice for Rwanda: Toward a Universal Law of Armed Conflict," 34 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. (2004)


Heather Alexander, "Open Borders or Build a Wall? The Democratic Party’s Crisis of Vision" International Affairs Forum; International Policy Digest (March 2017)

Her Erdős Number is 6.