I completed my doctoral degree in Socio-Legal Studies from the Oxford University Faculty of Law in 2017, and then held a post-doctoral position at Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann Law Faculty before moving to Australia and Iceland to consolidate my work on comparative constitutional law, human rights law, international law and space law. My academic interests and experienced are outlined in more detail below:
For the last decade, much of my academic work has been around international human rights law, particularly the Two Covenants, capabilities approach to the relationship between civil and political rights on the one hand and economic, social and cultural rights on the other, child rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child, gender rights and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the relationship between human rights and international humanitarian law. I have also worked more broadly on transitional justice, truthtelling, lustration and rule of law after authoritarianism and, in a number of contexts in the Balkans and MENA region, on mass atrocities, crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide
A large part of my work in legal academia focuses on comparative constitutional law, and international human rights law as embedded in and interacting with national constitutions. My current academic work focuses on the Icelandic constitution, both its drafting process and digital democracy and also the idea of the land being in collective ownership, and the Australian constitution, both its historical development and formation, and the ongoing debates around recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the constitution. Other interests are the 1995 Bosnian Dayton constitution and its impact on post-war Bosnian politics and society, and constitution-drafting in transition, such as the post-2011 constitutional trajectories of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. I am interested in the processes behind constitution drafting and citizen participation in constitutions, and also the texts of national constitutions and how they relate to international human rights law.
My research is developing the area of climate change, climate law and environmental law and I have a number of forthcoming publications on climate change and national constitutions, particularly provisions in the Australian and Icelandic constitutions. I am also interested the concept of ‘ecocide’ and whether/ in what context we can use the idea of a ‘crime against humanity’ to discuss the climate crisis. I have an upcoming visiting fellowship at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge to explore the concept of ecocide and climate change as a crime against humanity.
My research is also developing in the field of space law, and I am particularly interested in the intersection of space law and human rights, space exploration and intellectual property law, the Outer Space Treaty and private companies, and space exploration and environmental and mining law. I have an upcoming visiting fellowship at the Beijing Institute of Technology in space law in 2021, and work as a Legal Advisor for the space and human rights organization Jus Ad Astra.
Courses I’ve taught in Oxford, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Reykjavik include: Social Science Research Methodology, International Human Rights Law, Philosophy of Law, British Politics, Politics of the Middle East. Syllabi for my BA and MA-level courses are available on request.