Huo Global Policy Initiative Research Fellows
T. Alexander Aleinikoff

T. Alexander Aleinikoff

Former Huo Global Policy Initiative Research Fellow, Columbia Global Policy Initiative

T. Alexander Aleinikoff is a leading scholar in immigration and refugee law. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. Prior to his service with the UN, he was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center (1997-2010), where he also served as dean (2004-2010). Aleinikoff was a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School from 1981 to 1997.

In 2016, Aleinikoff served as the Huo Global Policy Initiative Research Fellow at the Columbia Global Policy Initiative. He is the Director of the Zoldberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School.

Aleinikoff was co-chair of the Immigration Task Force for President Barack Obama’s transition team. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the general counsel, and then executive associate commissioner for programs, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). 

Aleinikoff has published numerous books and articles in the areas of immigration law, refugee law, citizenship, race, statutory interpretation, and constitutional law. 

Selected Publications:

  • The Arc of Protection (manuscript in preparation; book on reforming the international refugee regime)
  • “The Responsibility to Solve: The International Community and Protracted Refugee Situations,” 54 Va. J. Int’l L. 195 (2014) (with Stephen Poellet)
  • “The Mandate of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,” in V. Chetail & C. Bauloz, Research Handbook on International Law and Migration (2014)
  • Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2nd ed. 2013) (with David A. Martin, Hiroshi Motomura & Maryellen Fullerton)
  • Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (7th ed. 2011) (with David A. Martin, Hiroshi Motomura, & Maryellen Fullerton)
  • “Transnational Spaces: Norms and Legitimacy,” 33 Yale J. Int’l L. 479 (2008)
  • Modern Constitutional Theory: A Reader (5th ed. 2004) (with John H. Garvey and Daniel Farber)
  • Migration and International Legal Norms (2003) (edited with Vincent Chetail, and contributed chapter)
  • Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State and Citizenship (Harvard University Press, 2002)
  • Citizenship Policies for an Age of Migration (edited with Douglas Klusmeyer) (Carnegie Endowment for Int’l Peace & Migration Policy Institute, 2002)
  • Citizenship Today: Global Perspectives and Practices (ed., with Douglas Klusmeyer) (Brookings, 2001)
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