Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Birmingham Law School
Senior Lecturer in Law

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Mavronicola researches and teaches on human rights, public law, and legal theory, as well as on the interplay between counter-terrorism and human rights and on key intersections between human rights and criminal justice. She has published work in a number of journals, including the Human Rights Law Review and the Modern Law Review.

Dr Mavronicola has provided expert input to the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutes on the role of National Human Rights Institutes in protecting human rights in the context of counter-terrorism. Dr Mavronicola has also given written and oral evidence on the right to life to two Joint Committees of the Oireachtas. She has presented her research on the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture at the Office of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland and at the Attorney General’s annual visit to the European Court of Human Rights in 2014-15. Two of her articles were cited in a Separate Opinion in the European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber judgment in Svinarenko and Slyadnev v Russia

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), University College London (2007)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), University of Oxford (2008)
  • Linklaters Legal Practice Course (LPC), College of Law (2009)
  • Cyprus Bar (2010)
  • PhD in Law, University of Cambridge (2014)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (PGCHET), Queen’s University Belfast (2015)

Biography

Dr Mavronicola joined Birmingham Law School as a Senior Lecturer in September 2016. She was previously a Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast (2013-2016), a Teaching Fellow at University College London’s Faculty of Laws (2008-2012), and a supervisor and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Cambridge (2010-2012). She has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Osnabrück (2013-2015).

Dr Mavronicola graduated from University College London’s Faculty of Laws in 2007 with a First Class LLB (Hons), attaining the best degree result in her graduating class and receiving the Faculty’s Andrews Medal. She completed the BCL at the University of Oxford with Distinction in 2008. After qualifying as a lawyer in Cyprus in 2010, she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014, also spending three months as a visiting doctoral researcher at Harvard Law School. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has lectured in an array of subjects, including public law, legal theory, human rights, and counter-terrorism. 

Teaching

  • Public Law (LLB)
  • Jurisprudence (LLB)
  • Counter-Terrorism Law (LLB)
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice (LLB)
  • Dissertation on a Prescribed Legal Topic (LLB) – Module Leader
  • International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism (LLM)
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice (LLM) - Module Leader

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Mavronicola is keen to supervise postgraduate research students whose research interests lie in the following areas: 

  • torture and inhuman and degrading treatment
  • the right to life
  • the interpretation of human rights
  • LGBT* rights
  • the interplay between counter-terrorism and human rights
  • the relationship between human dignity and human rights
  • the intersections between human rights and criminal justice
  • the relationship of any of the above with legal philosophy

Research

Dr Mavronicola is chiefly interested in the theory and interpretation of human rights. Her research has focused on a number of facets of human rights, especially on the absolute right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Her research explores a number of intersections between human rights and criminal justice as well as the relationship between human dignity and human rights.

In 2016, Dr Mavronicola provided expert input to the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutes on the role of National Human Rights Institutes in protecting human rights in the context of counter-terrorism. Dr Mavronicola also gave written and oral evidence on the right to life to the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions and the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality of the Oireachtas in 2015. She has presented her research on the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture at the Office of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland and at the Attorney General’s annual visit to the European Court of Human Rights in 2014-15. She has made submissions, and participated in a symposium, towards the preparation of a report on Deportation with Assurances by the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.

Other activities

Dr Mavronicola is a member of KRW-Law LLP’s Academic Panel and Editor of the Cyprus Human Rights Law Review.

Publications

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