Professor Timothy William Waters received his JD (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and his M.I.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with an Advanced Certificate in the study of East Central Europe from the Harriman Institute. He returned to Harvard as a Human Rights Program Visiting Fellow (2002), Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching (2003), and East Asian Legal Studies Visiting Scholar (2005). He was the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Experienced Researcher Fellowship, which he spent at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2012-13). He has also taught at Boston University, the University of Mississippi, Bard College, and Central European University.
Waters’ scholarly interests include the structure of the formation of states, ethnic conflict, and transitional justice. His principal research involves re-defining self-determination to devise an effective right of peaceful secession. He also writes on international criminal law, and is the editor of The Milošević Trial – An Autopsy (Oxford University Press 2013). Waters has also worked in Bosnia for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Open Society Institute on judicial and prosecutorial reform, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary, where he first developed his interest in regulation of minority-majority relationships.