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A. Rachovitsa, PhD

I hold an Assistant Professorship of Public International Law at the University of Groningen since August 2016. I read for my PhD at the School of Law, University of Nottingham (UK) on the topic of fragmentation of international law. Upon completion of my PhD thesis in 2013, I took up an Assistant Professorship in Public International Law at the College of Law, Qatar University where I taught international law and human rights.

My research interests lie in the area of public international law and international human rights law. I have a broad research lens. I explore the role of international law, including its relevance, applicability and suitability, in grasping and addressing effectively global and/or new concerns. Questions of fragmentation and integration of international law and how we frame a matter in connection to different bodies of law go to the heart of my inquiry. I pursue my research in two different, but partly converging, strands. The first strand has a positivist outlook. I write on the potential, and limitation of, interpretation and systemic integration as arguments used in international dispute settlement to mitigate fragmentation of international law. The second strand of my research deals with the relevance and suitability of international law to articulate concepts in cyberspace (e.g. cybersecurity, human rights) and accordingly regulate interests online.

I participate in conferences in Europe, USA, Africa and the Middle East. I have presented aspects of my work, among others, in the World Bank and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and I am an alumna of the Institute for Global Law & Policy (Harvard Law School). I am a qualified lawyer in Greece.

My work informs policy-making in the area of regulating cyberspace. I have  advised and consulted governmental stakeholders in Qatar, including the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, on the implementation of the cybercrime national legislation and the introduction of data protection legislation. Furthermore, I participate to a series of knowledge transfer projects at the international level. In 2015 I became a member of the Research Group on Human Rights Protocols Considerations (Internet Research Task Force) collaborating with technologists in order to draft human rights guidelines to be considered by the engineering community when creating and updating Internet standards. I participated to the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (ICANN) and the Implementation Advisory Group to Review Existing ICANN Procedures for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Laws (ICANN). I was appointed a 2015-2016 Fellow at UC Berkeley - Centre for Technology, Society & Policy working on the project “Coding Values in the Internet’s Standards? The Example of Encryption”. I was also awarded a grant by Qatar University to research the legal and technical value of preserving privacy online.

During my stay in Qatar (2013-2016) I worked towards nurturing a future generation of policy-makers in the Middle East who will be well-educated and informed on international policy and human rights. In 2013 I founded, and from 2013 to 2016 I served as the elected Secretary of, the Qatari Branch of the International Law Association – one of the very few Branches in the Middle East. I organised the International Conference ‘Syrian Crisis and International Law’ in Doha which brought together twenty European and US-based academics to discuss the Syrian crisis and which was broadcast live by Al Jazeera. Moroever, I led Qatar University’s participation to the “Peace for Justice” project in collaboration with The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and I was the Academic Advisor for Qatar University students’ human rights Club. I remain committed to enhancing the study and development of international law in the Middle East.

Selected Publications

A. Rachovitsa, 'On New "Judicial Animals": The Curious Case of an African Court with Material Jurisdiction of a Global Scope' forthcoming in Human Rights Law Review

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A. Rachovitsa, ‘The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Uniquely Equipped Testbed for (the Limits of) Human Rights Integration?’, in E. Bribosia, I. Rorive, A.-M. Correa (eds.), Human Rights Tectonics: Global Dynamics of Integration and Fragmentation (Intersentia, 2018, in press)

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A. Rachovitsa, 'Blockchain for Open Science and Sustainable Development Goals', The Informer: Newsletter of the International Legal Research Interest Group - American Society of International Law, 2018, Spring, pp. 2-4 [open access]

A. Rachovitsa, ‘The Principle of Systemic Integration in Human Rights Law’ (2017) 66 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 557-588

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A. Rachovitsa, ‘International Law and the Global Public Interest - ICANN’s Independent Objector as a Mechanism of Responsive Global Governance’, in J. Summers & A. Gough (eds.), Non-State Actors and International Obligations - Creation, Evolution and Enforcement (BRILL, 2018)

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A. Rachovitsa, ‘Rethinking Privacy Online and Human Rights: The Internet’s Standardisation Bodies as the Guardians of Privacy Online in the Face of Mass Surveillance’, European Society of International Law, C. Binder et al (eds.), Conference Paper Series Vol. 7, Conference Paper No. 5/2016 (2016 ESIL Research Forum - Istanbul) [open access].

A. Rachovitsa, ‘On the Sidelines of the Failed Coup d’ État in Turkey: Can Greece Extradite the Eight Turkish Military Officers to Turkey?’ [2016] European Human Rights Law Review 645-655 [open access].

A. Rachovitsa, ‘Engineering and Lawyering Privacy by Design: Understanding Online Privacy both as a Technical and an International Human Rights Issue in the Face of Mass Surveillance’ (2016) 24 International Journal of Law & Information Technology 374-399 [open access].

A. Rachovitsa, General Principles of Public Order and Morality and the Domain Name System: Whither International Law?’ (2016) 63 Netherlands International Law Review 23-49 [requires access to Springer].

A. Rachovitsa, ‘Treaty Clauses and Fragmentation of International Law: Applying the More Favourable Protection Clause in Human Rights Treaties’ (2016) 16 Human Rights Law Review 77-101

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A. Rachovitsa, ‘Fragmentation of International Law Revisited: Insights, Good Practices and Lessons to be Learned from the Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights’ (2015) 28 Leiden Journal of International Law 863-885

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9712 EK Groningen
Nederland

Building 1215, 1st Floor, Office 0120

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Building 1215, 1st Floor, Office 0120