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Dr Agata Fijalkowski

Research overview

My main research interests are in transitional criminal justice, visual law and war crimes. My work takes an interdisciplinary approach, and focuses on the (mal)administration of justice in former communist states, in particular in the immediate post-WW2 period. I have published extensively in this area, including the co-edited volume Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies (Intersentia 2015, reviewed in Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network). I am currently working on a monograph on visual law, which considers photographs of trials from the period 1944-1957 in Albania, Germany and Poland and the way that these photographs 'speak legally'. The powerful image of the Albanian writer and political dissident Musine Kokalari resulted in an exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford that also included a short, 'arty' film An Unsung Hero: Musine Kokalari (2017). A Socio-Legal Studies Association Grant Scheme Award funded archival research in 2018 on the group of lesser-known Polish lawyers behind the domestic war crimes trials of 1946-1948.

PhD supervision

I am interested in research proposals from students writing dissertations or theses under the following headings: post-dictatorial / post-conflict (criminal) justice; totalitarian / communist crimes; terrorism; death penalty; freedom of expression.

Current Teaching

Civil Liberties and Human Rights (Michaelmas Term)

International Criminal Law (Michaelmas Term)

The Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust (Lent Term)

International Terrorism and the Law (Lent Term)

Profile

My main research interests are in transitional criminal justice, visual law and war crimes. My work takes an interdisciplinary approach, and focuses on the (mal)administration of justice in former communist states, in particular in the immediate post-WW2 period. I have published extensively in this area, including the co-edited volume Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies (Intersentia 2015, reviewed in Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network). I am currently working on a monograph on visual law, which considers photographs of trials from the period 1944-1957 in Albania, Germany and Poland and the way that these photographs 'speak legally'. The powerful image of the Albanian writer and political dissident Musine Kokalari resulted in an exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford that also included a short, 'arty' film An Unsung Hero: Musine Kokalari (2017). A Socio-Legal Studies Association Grant Scheme Award funded archival research in 2018 on the group of lesser-known Polish lawyers behind the domestic war crimes trials of 1946-1948.

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