Professor Waters' scholarly interests include the structure of the inter-state system, ethnic conflict, human rights, transitional justice, and comparative law, especially in European and Islamic contexts. His principal research involves re-defining self-determination to devise an effective right of peaceful secession. He has published extensively in leading journals of international law and international relations, including at Yale, Harvard, NYU, Virginia, and George Washington.

Areas of Expertise

  • International law


  • Eastern Europe
  • Law
  • Memory
  • Nationalism
Past Affiliations
Law, European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Russian
JD, Harvard University, 1999
MIA, Columbia University, East Central Europe, 1998
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, English Literature and Mass Media, 1989