Miss Olga Jurasz

Visiting Scholar

Birmingham Law School

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Olga is a lecturer in law at the Open University Law School, specialising in international law and human rights. She is also interested in gender and law.

Olga is currently working on a collaborative research project addressing gender, cyberviolence and law.


  • LLB (Wales)
  • Diploma in International Humanitarian Law (ICRC/ Geneva)


Prior to joining Open University Law School, Olga studied and worked as a law tutor at Aberystwyth University. She taught Family and Child Law, Land Law, Equity and Trusts and Introduction to Criminology. Olga also taught Elements of English Legal System and Introduction to International Law to pre-university overseas students and taught International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights to LLM students.


  • Exploring the Boundaries of International Law (LLM)
  • Land Law & Equity and Trusts (LLB)
  • Understanding Law (LLB)


Olga’s main area of research is gender, international law and human rights. She is particularly interested in how various mechanisms of public international law address the long-term impact of armed conflict on women and how women’s rights are protected in the aftermath of war, during the process of transition from war to peace. Olga is currently completing doctoral research addressing these questions.

Olga is currently working on collaborative research project concerning gender, cyberviolence and law.

Olga is a co-founder and a member of the Research Network on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gender Studies.


Chapters in books:

  • K. Barker, O. Jurasz, “Gender, Human Rights and Cybercrime: Are Virtual Worlds really that Different?”, in: M. Asimow, K. Brown, D. Papke (eds) Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014) (forthcoming)
  • O. Jurasz, R. Piotrowicz, ‘Displaced Persons’, in: R. Liivoja, T. McCormack Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict (Routledge 2014, forthcoming)
  • ‘Women of the Revolution: the future of women’s rights in post-Gaddafi Libya’, in: C. Panara, G. Wilson (ed.) The ‘Arab Spring’: New Patterns for Democracy and International Law, (Martinus Nijhoff 2013), pp. 123-144


  • ‘About Justice that is yet to come: a few remarks about the international pursuit of post-conflict Gender Justice’, (2013) Journal of Gender Studies 1-15 (published online: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/vDR9GKqWtRt3BvNhEz8i/full, awaiting hard-copy publication)

Case-law commentary:

  • R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Ex parte Adan, Ex parte Aitseguer [2000] Oxford Reports in International Law, OUP (2012)
  • Revenko v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2000], Oxford Reports in International Law, OUP (2012)

Book reviews:

  • ‘Book Review: Sexual Violence as an International Crime: Interdisciplinary Approach by A.-M. de Brouwer, C. Ku, R. Romkens, L. van der Herik’, (2014, forthcoming), Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • ‘Book Review: Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes by C. Bailliet’, (2014: forthcoming), Journal of International Humanitarian Studies
  • ‘Review Essay: Protection from Displacement: Protection Gaps and New Developments’, (2013) International Journal of Refugee Law 25(3), 636-640
  • ‘‘Book Review: Regulating the International Movement of Women’ by S.A. Fitzgerald’, (2012) International Journal of Refugee Law 24(3), 649-652
  • ‘‘Book Review: Women’s Rights are Human Rights: The Practice of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ by van Leeuwen’, (2011) Human Rights Law Review, 11(2), 414-417
  • ‘‘Book Review: The Law of International Human Rights Protection’ by W. Kälin, J. Künzli’, (2010) International Journal of Refugee Law 22, 153-155


External contributions:

  • Women and the Aftermath of War: International (Gender) Justice for Gender Crimes", Law on the Edge Conference, UBC Law School, Vancouver, Canada, 1-4 July 2013
  • “Gender, Human Rights and Cybercrime: is the virtual world really that different?” (with K. Barker), Law on the Edge Conference, UBC Law School, Vancouver, Canada, 1-4 July 2013
  • "Gender, Human Rights and Cybercrime: an Intersection of Popular Culture and Law?"(with K. Barker), Law and Popular Culture Conference, Tilburg, Netherlands, 6-7 June 2013
  • “Justice for All? Rethinking Post-Conflict (Gender) Justice”, (Rethinking International Law and Justice Conference, Istanbul, 24-25 September 2012)
  • “Solidarity for a (legal) change? Women and their rights in post-Gaddafi Libya”, (Solidarity, Memory and Identity Interdisciplinary Conference, Gdańsk, 20-21 September 2012)
  • “Gender, Human Rights and Cybercrime: is the virtual world really that different?” (with K. Barker), (Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Bristol, 11 September 2012)
  • "Gender, refugee law and post-conflict migration: what is there for women?" (with R. Piotrowicz) (Women in War and at War, Aberystwyth University, 11-12 May 2012)
  • "Once one war is over, another one begins- women, armed conflict and the challenges of post-conflict displacement" (Equality- Are We There Yet? Kent Critical Law Society Conference, 10- 11 March 2012, University of Kent)
  • "Gender justice following armed conflict: women and international prosecution of gender –based war crimes" (Gendered Violence Conference, Bristol, 23-25 November 2011)
  • "Women of the Revolution- the response of the international community to sexual violence in Libya" (The EU, International Organisations and Crisis Management in the Aftermath of the Recent ‘Revolutions’ in North Africa and in the Middle East, 16 September 2011, Liverpool John Moores University)
  • 'Why not let the ladies in first? Gender, war, asylum and the [fe]male discourse of refugee law' (Critical Legal Conference 2011, 9th- 11thSeptember 2011, Aberystwyth)
  • "Gender, War and Asylum: why the EU does not want to let the ladies in first?” (2011 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, 5th-8th September 2011,Cambridge)
  • “The Qualification Directive and escaping gender- related persecution in armed conflict – (too) great expectations?” (2011 Annual Student Conference, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham, 26th February 2011)
  • “The violence of peace. Challenges to the human rights of women after armed conflict” (CCJHR 4th International Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, 29 April 2010)
  • “Women in War- Women in Peace? International Humanitarian Law Revisited” (Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2010, University of West England, Bristol, 30 March- 1 April 2010)
  • “No woman, no cry… or is it? International Law and situation of women in the aftermath of war” (Annual Staff/ Student Conference Gregynog, Wales, 26-28 February 2010)

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