Christopher Szabla is a Social Science Research Council-funded IDRF fellow and Mario Einaudi Fellow currently pursuing research across Europe. He is also a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, where he has taught courses on international law and the Middle East as part of a wider focus on the relationship between Europe and the wider world. His areas of research have included international humanitarian law, the global governance of migration, and intellectual history, particularly the history of the philosophy of free movement.
His current research seeks to recover historical proposals for a more comprehensive governance of global migration, especially plans to create international regimes with the power to direct the movement and oversee the rights of both economic migrants and refugees, as well as the early use of more expansive definitions of a refugee under international law, early drafts of migrant rights treaties, and more expansive (re)settlement schemes, and to interrogate the reasons for these ideas' limited or non-implementation as well as their usefulness as precedents for the reform of global migration governance today.
He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the American University in Cairo, and has recently been a fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is a member of the bar in New York, where he worked as an attorney.