Professor Atina Krajewska

Professor Atina Krajewska

Birmingham Law School
Professor of Law and Birmingham Fellow
Head of Research

Contact details

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

Professor Atina Krajewska’s work focuses on the developments of human rights law in the area of health and medicine. She has published in the area of genomics, reproductive rights, and global health law and governance. Her book on Genetic Information and the Scope of Personal Autonomy in European Law, published in Poland in 2008, has had considerable impact on legislative decisions of Government and Parliament bodies in Poland. Its relevance has been noted by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Chancellery of the Polish Senate. Over the years, she received funding from different funding bodies in Germany, Poland and the UK, including the British Academy, the ESRC, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Max Planck Institute, and the Polish Science Foundation (FNP). 

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK.
  • PhD in Law (International and European Law), Department of Law Administration and Economics and the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Master in British Studies, Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
  • Master of Law, Department of Law and Administration, University of Wroclaw, Poland (5-year degree).

Biography

Atina Krajewska joined the University of Birmingham in January 2018. Prior to that she worked at the Sheffield Law School, Cardiff School of Law and Politics and at the University of Exeter, where she taught Reproductive Rights, Medical Law and Ethics, EU Law, and Tort Law at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She obtained her PhD at the University of Wrocław, Poland, in 2007. She also holds a "Master in British Studies" from the Humboldt University in Berlin. During her doctoral studies she was a research fellow at the Institute for German, European & International, Medical Law, Public Health Law and Bioethics at the University of Mannheim in 2005, and at the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative and International Law in Heidelberg in 2006. She came to the UK in 2007 as a British Academy postdoctoral visiting fellow at the Egenis Centre for Genomics in Society at the Exeter University.

Professor Atina Krajewska’s work focuses on the developments of human rights law in the area of health and medicine. She has published in the area of genomics, reproductive rights, and global/transnational health law. Her book on Genetic Information and the Scope of Personal Autonomy in European Law, published in Poland in 2008, has had considerable impact on legislative decisions of Government and Parliament bodies in Poland. Its relevance has been noted by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Chancellery of the Polish Senate. Over the years, she received funding from different funding bodies in Germany, Poland and the UK, including the British Academy, the ESRC, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Max Planck Institute, and the Polish Science Foundation (FNP). 

Postgraduate supervision

Reproductive Rights
Global, International, and Transnational Health Law
Human Rights and Health
Medical and Health Law
Comparative Law


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Research

In recent years Professor Krajewska focused on the development and recognition of the Sociology of Health Law as a new area of inquiry. Sociology of Health Law examines the impact of health law on society and analyses the broader societal factors shaping the development of health law at the national, regional, and global level. Her work brings together insights from socio-legal studies of healthcare, transnational legal theory, sociology of law, sociology of health, and the sociology of professions. Within these general parameters, she uses sexual and reproductive health law as a context in which to examine phenomena constituting health law. Her work can be divided into three distinct strands of research. The first strand examines ways in which advances in science and medicine shape legal concepts, including legal subjectivity, personhood, discrimination, privacy, and (interstitial) legality. The second strand of her research analyses the impact of globalisation on healthcare and the development of transnational health law through ‘formative moments’. The third strand of her research examines the role of professions in shaping health law, healthcare, and society. Her most recent work –focusing on abortion law in Poland and other post-imperial spaces – examines the relationship between political transitions, legal reforms, and the development of the medical profession.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Krajewska, A 2021, 'Connecting reproductive rights, democracy, and the rule of law: lessons from Poland in times of COVID-19', German Law Journal, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 1072-1097. https://doi.org/10.1017/glj.2021.56

Krajewska, A 2021, 'Revisiting Polish abortion law: doctors and institutions in a restrictive regime', Social and Legal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/09646639211040171

Krajewska, A 2021, 'Rupture and continuity: abortion, the medical profession, and the transitional state—a Polish case study', Feminist Legal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10691-021-09465-3

Krajewska, A 2019, 'Reimagining Reproductive Rights: Studying Invisible Subjects, Principles, and Structures of Transnational Reproductive Health Law', Journal of Medical Law and Ethics. https://doi.org/10.7590/221354019x15678416128167

Krajewska, A & Cahill-O'Callaghan, R 2019, 'When a single man wants to be a father: revealing the invisible subjects in the law regulating fertility treatment', Social and Legal Studies, pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1177/0964663919826352

Krajewska, A 2018, 'Transnational health law beyond the private/public divide: the case of reproductive rights', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 45, no. S1, pp. S220-S244. https://doi.org/10.1111/jols.12111

Krajewska, A 2017, 'Wearing Genes to Work – do we care about genetic discrimination in employment?', Anti-Discrimination Law Review, vol. 2017, no. 2, pp. 44-71.

Krajewska, A 2016, 'Digitalisation and information law as part of the developing global health law system', International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 104-125.

Krajewska, A 2015, 'Access of Single Women to Fertility Treatment: A Case of Incidental Discrimination?', Medical Law Review, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 620-645. https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwv031

Krajewska, A 2015, 'Bioethics and human rights in the constitutional formation of Global Health', Laws, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 771-802. https://doi.org/10.3390/laws4040771

Krajewska, A 2012, 'International Biomedical Law in Search for Its Normative Status', Revista de derecho y genoma humano = Law and the human genome review / Cátedra de Derecho y Genoma Humano/Fundación BBV-Diputación Foral de Bizkaia, vol. 36, pp. 121-146.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Krajewska, A 2020, Sociology of health law. in J Priban (ed.), Research handbook on the sociology of law. Law 2020, Edward Elgar, pp. 304–317. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789905182.00033

Krajewska, A & Tsarapatsanis, D 2018, The legal status of the fetus as a patient in Europe. in D Schmitz, A Clarke & W Dondorp (eds), The fetus as a patient: a contested concept and its normative implication. Biomedical Law and Ethics Library, Routledge, London - New York, pp. 197-208.

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Krajewska, A 2017, Genetic nondiscrimination legislation in the United States and elsewhere – a growing body of law and its impact on employment. in eLS. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470015902.a0027006

Other contribution

De Londras, F, De Zordo, S, Fredman, S, Krajewska, A, Mavronicola, N, McGuinness, S, Mishtal, J, Rubio Marin, R & Scott, R 2021, Third Party Intervention by Scholars of Law and Anthropology: KC v Poland, KB v Poland, AL-B v Poland..

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