Miriam Cullen

Miriam Cullen

Associate Professor

  • Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, 6A Bygning 6A (Afsnit 3), Building: 6A-4-27

    Phone: +4535323336Mobile: +4553369592

Miriam's research interests centre on public and international law and its relationship to climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, social sustainability and human rights. She embraces decolonial and critical perspectives, including on the rights regime. Miriam regularly presents on issues related to "climate refugees" and the mobilities and immobilities which arise in the context of disaster, as well as the rules, systems and institutions which govern such movement.

Miriam currently leads a project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark which examines climate and disaster resilience in the context of law and colonialism, with particular focus on Greenland and the Cook Islands. She is also Principal Investigator on the project "'Climate Refugees' in the Nordic Region? Legal and Policy Responses to New Patterns of Human Mobility" funded by the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Miriam sits on the Advisory Committee to the Platform on Disaster Displacement and co-founded the Nordic Network on Climate Related Displacement and Mobility


  • Course director – Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility
  • Course director - Climate Change and Human Rights (Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland, 2023)
  • Course director - Migration and Forced Displacement from Climate Change (2018 - 2021)
  • Lecturer – International Migration Law
  • Lecturer – Public International Law
  • Lecturer – International Criminal Law  (2013-2015)

Miriam also lectures in other Faculties at KU as part of the Masters of Disaster Management; the Masters of Advanced Migration Studies; and the Masters of Climate Change.

Previous experience

Prior to joining the Faculty at KU, Miriam represented the Australian Government on the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, having independently negotiated a range of human rights resolutions, including those on the rights of migrants, trafficking in woman and girls, social development, and extreme poverty. Miriam has been a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and managed Parliamentary Committee Inquiries in the Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament, as well as Law Reform Inquiries for the Victorian Law Reform Commission. She has also held positions in the International Legal Division, and the International Security Division and the Afghanistan Desk of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Miriam was earlier part of the Australian Research Council funded project ‘Australia’s Response to Trafficking in Women: Towards a Model for the Regulation of Forced Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region’ hosted at Monash University.


Miriam holds a PhD from Copenhagen University, a Master of Laws (International Law) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics) (First Class Honours) from Monash University. She was admitted to practice as an Australian Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

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