Dr Olga Pleshkova

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Olga Pleshkova joined the Law School in 2014 as a Teaching Fellow, having previously taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham. She has acted as an expert on human rights in police training for the Council of Europe. Olga's research interests lie in the areas of human rights, policing and comparative criminal justice.


  • undergraduate degree in Law (Far Eastern Law Institute, Russia)
  • research postgraduate degree in Law (Moscow Law Institute, Russia)
  • LLM (University of Nottingham)
  • PhD (University of Nottingham)


Olga qualified as a lawyer in Russia before continuing her studies at the University of Nottingham. From 2008, she acted as an expert for the Council of Europe developing teaching programmes and delivering human rights training to police in transitional societies. Prior to joining the Law School, Olga taught at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Birkbeck, University of London.


Olga's research interests are in the fields of police studies, human rights and comparative criminal justice. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis on human rights in policing at the University of Nottingham.


Chapters or Articles in edited collections

  • ‘Trust, Self-disclosure and Empowerment in Human Rights Studies: Methodology of Research of the Russian Police Organisation’, in M. Nowak, F. Steinert and H. Tretter (eds.), The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform (Wien: Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag/Interscentia, 2013), pp. 205-212.

Publications in Russian edited collections

  • ‘Recent Developments in Russian Electoral Law’, in A.A. Veshnyakov (ed.), Collection of Award-Winning Papers in Electoral Law (Moscow: Russian Federation Electoral Commission, 2003), 209-223 (in Russian)
  •  ‘Investigating Electoral Fraud. Police and Electoral Commissions: Problems and Solutions’, in A. Babay (ed.), Policing in the Russian Far East (Khabarovsk: Russian Federation Far Eastern Home Ministry Law Institute, 2003), 105-124 (in Russian)
  • ‘Khabarovsk Territory’s Current Electoral System: In Search of New Solutions’, in L.I. Nikitina (ed.), Young Researchers of the Russian Far East: Collection of Winning Papers (Khabarovsk: Khabarovsk State Pedagogical University, 2002), 76-88 (in Russian) 
  • ‘Reforming the Electoral System: What We Can Learn from the UK’, in N.M. Gorbunov and N.M. Baykov (eds.), Government and Society in the Far East of Russia (Khabarovsk: State Academy of Public Service, 2001), 105-110 (in Russian)
  • ‘Prosecuting Violations of Citizens’ Voting Rights in the Russian Federation’, in A.N. Babay (ed.), Reforming the Russian Society: Role of the Law Enforcement Agencies (Khabarovsk: Russian Federation Far East Home Ministry Law Institute, 2000), 17-21 (in Russian)
  • ‘Crime and Legal Culture in Russia and Japan: A Comparative Analysis’, in A.I. Dolgova (ed.), Crime and Society  (Moscow: Russian Criminological Association, 1998), 98-108 (with R. Mikheev, N. Morozov, A. Shirshov, Y. Koidzumi) (in Russian)

Book reviews

  • D. Cooley (ed.), Re-imagining Policing in Canada. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005). British Journal of Criminology, 2006, 46(1): 160-163
  • M. Natarajan (ed.), Women Police. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 2006, 45 (1):  225-228
  • L. Piacentini, Surviving Russian Prisons: Punishment, Economy and Politics in Transition. (Willan Publishing, Cullompton, 2004). Human Rights Law Review, 2006, 6 (1): 185-191