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I am interested in research proposals from students writing dissertations or theses under the following headings:
Comparative criminal justice
I am on sabbatical leave during 2012/2013.
My research interests broadly lie within the areas of comparative constitutionalism and European human rights and transitional criminal justice.
My monograph, From Old Times to New Europe: the Polish Struggle for Democracy and Constitutionalism (Ashgate, 2010), considers Polish constitutional and legal developments and their legal philosophical contexts starting with the pre-war period in 1918. An analysis of Polish developments serves as a valuable blueprint for other post-dictatorial states.
My research on European human rights jurisprudence concerns the abolition of the death penalty in post-Communist states. I have lectured on European and US Approaches to the Death Penalty to Amnesty International (Lancaster branch) and published on the issue.
I have been successful in obtaining funding for my research on transitional justice has received funding. The British Academy Small Research Grant award (£7440) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association award (£1500) assisted in research on Romanian criminal justice. The work involved interviews with key agents in cases against members of the Romanian Communist Party and the security police. It was an important opportunity build links with colleagues at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Romanian Exile (see http://www.crimelecomunismului.ro/en/) and collaborate on joint research projects, including an edited collection on transitional criminal justice.
The FASS Research and Development Fund award of £844 allowed me to carry out work on Polish de-communisation measures at Polish archives.
In 2012 I was awarded £2350 by the FASS Research Fund to carry out research on 'Transitional Criminal Justice Measures in Albania'. The first part of the project was undertaken on October 2012. A second trip is planned for Spring 2013, when I will continue to conduct interviews with key political and judicial officials, and research archival materials related to the former dictatorship’s legal framework.
My sabbatical year 2012/2013 is devoted to building upon research and expertise on my on-going project on comparative transitional criminal justice.
Journal articles (peer-reviewed)
WORK IN PROGRESS
• February 2006 - European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, University of Seville, on ‘Transition to Democracy (II): the Central and East European Experience’
• September 2005 - The European System of Human Rights Protection Summer School, Faculty of Law, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, course on ‘Terrorism and Human Rights’
• April 2004 - Transcrime, University of Trento, Italy, Advanced Criminology course on ‘Money Laundering in Europe and Eastern Europe’
• November 2003 - Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, Human Rights series on the ‘Abolition of Capital Punishment in Central and Eastern Europe’
• July 2003 - Faculty of Law, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany in a ‘Justice as Procedure’ seminar, on rights' adjudication in Central and Eastern Europe
• September 2002 - The European System of Human Rights Protection Summer School, Faculty of Law, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, course on ‘Terrorism and Human Rights’
• September 2001 - The European System of Human Rights Protection Summer School, Faculty of Law, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, course on ‘The Abolition of Capital Punishment in Central and Eastern Europe’
I am a member of the Law and Society Association's Collaborative Network (CRN) on ‘The Cultural Lives of Capital Punishment’. I have presented papers on various aspects of capital punishment in Central and Eastern Europe at the following Law and Society Association meetings:
• ‘Constitutional Court Jurisprudence Concerning Capital Punishment in Central and Eastern Europe’ (Baltimore, MD 2005)
• ‘Crime and Punishment in post-Communist Poland’ (Chicago, IL 2004)
• ‘Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in Poland’ (Pittsburgh, PA 2003)
• ‘Abolition of Capital Punishment in Central and Eastern Europe’ (Vancouver, BC 2002)
• ‘Struggle Towards Judicial Independence in Poland’ (Budapest, Hungary 2001)
Research output: Book/Report/Proceedings › Book