Alicja Polakiewicz is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and is currently preparing her PhD studies with support from the German National Academic Foundation’s “exposé” scholarship. She is also the editor-in-chief of Contemporary Challenges: The Global Crime, Justice and Security Journal. Alicja is interested in the politics of international criminal law and its (unequal) enforcement. She plans to focus her PhD research on the use of universal jurisdiction in European states, applying both legal and political science lenses.
In 2019 and 2020, Alicja worked – first as an intern and then as a research assistant – at GPPi, where she contributed to the institute’s work in human rights and democracy and peace and security. As part of her work, Alicja served as an editor for the PeaceLab Blog. Prior to her work at GPPi, Alicja spent time in Singapore, where she worked as a research assistant on the historical development of international legal regimes and especially international aviation law. She also served as a student director for STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities and took part in a European voluntary service with Aegis Trust, an international genocide prevention NGO, in London and Kigali.
Alicja holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a focus on European and international law from Sciences Po Paris. As part of her undergraduate degree, she spent one year at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where she concentrated on the politics and cultures of Southeast Asia. Alicja is set to graduate with an LLM in criminal law and criminal justice from the University of Edinburgh in November 2021. Her studies have been supported by the German National Academic Foundation.