Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Sanaz Mirzaei helped to create the first Drug Treatment Court in Cobb county.  From that point, she became intrigued with the establishemnt and funtioning of courts.  She further pursued these interests through a summer internship with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Iran working on the Rule of Law section.  She decided to study the impact and use of international courts through this doctoral program.  Moving to Washington D.C. over ten years ago, she has since managed several projects at development companies in the area as well as engaged in a multi-year, in-depth assessment of worldwide insurgencies with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics lab.  In addition, she worked with the Minorities at Risk project for three years while pursuing her doctoral degree at Maryland.  Her doctoral research at the University of Maryland investigates the use of international courts related to regional integration efforts.  She has passed comprehensive exams in International Relations and Public Law. She is fluent in Farsi and German.

Areas of Interest

  • International law
  • International orgnaizations
  • courts
  • regional integration


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Government and Politics- University of Maryland
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Affairs- Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    International Affairs- Georgia Institute of Technology


  • international adjudication
  • regional integration courts
  • international organizations
  • international law
  • institutional design

Research Topics

  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
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