Dr. Rumyana Grozdanova


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    Research Department



Dr. Rumyana Grozdanova is Researcher in Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and International Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute within the Research Strand ‘Human Dignity and Human Security'.

In December 2007, she was awarded a BA (Hons.) Legal Studies with Business by Nottingham Trent University. She also holds an LLM in Criminology and Criminal Justice by University College Dublin. She was awarded her doctorate degree in June 2017. Her PhD dissertation - 'Extraordinary Rendition: A Study of the 'Gaps' in the International Legal Framework' - was completed in Durham Law School under the supervision of Prof. Fiona de Londras (Birmingham) and Prof. Ian Leigh (Durham). Her PhD dissertation was examined by Prof. Gavin Phillipson (Durham) and Prof. Liora Lazarus (Oxford).

Between September 2014 and April 2018, she was a Lecturer in the University of Liverpool Law School where she taught and coordinated two research-led optional Stage 3 undergraduate courses (Security, Conflict and the Law and Introduction to the Law of the ECHR) and a core LLM module on International Peace and Security. She also coordinated all the Stage 3 undergraduate dissertation modules. During the 2015/2016 academic year, she was nominated for the LawCareers.Net Lecturer of the Year Award. During her PhD in Durham Law School, she was a Tutor in European Constitutional Law. Rumyana is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and holds a Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

In 2012, she won a prestigious visiting PhD Scholarship from the Australian National University. She was invited to visit the Centre for International Governance and Justice, which is part of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University in Canberra. During her visit, she participated in the project “Strengthening the International Human Rights System: Rights, Regulation and Ritualism” under the auspices of Professor Hilary Charlesworth.

Research Interests
My general research interests include International and European Human Rights, States of Emergency, Constitutionalism and Counter-Terrorism, Legal and Political Theory and International Law or in more specific words, the relationship of the individual (terror suspect) and the state following acts of terrorism. In particular, I am interested in the impact of domestic and international counter-terrorism measures and national security policies on the individual, the rule of law and state accountability. I am currently exploring the increasing normalisation of secrecy within states and the impact on the rule of law and individual human rights and dignity both in times of normalcy and emergency.


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Grozdanova, R., ‘The United Kingdom and Diplomatic Assurances: A Minimalist Approach to the Anti-Torture Norm’, (2015) 15 (3) International Criminal Law Review 517 – 543

Grozdanova, R., ‘Terrorism’ – Too Elusive a Term for an International Legal Definition?’, (2014) 61 (3) Netherlands International Law Review 305 – 334

Grozdanova, R., ‘Privatizing War: Private Military and Security Companies under Public International Law’, (2014) 1 European Human Rights Law Review 86 – 88

Grozdanova, R. and de Londras, F., “Protecting Victims’ Rights in the EU: the Theory and Practice of Diversity of Treatment during the Criminal Trial” (2014, Centre for European Constitutional Law, available at http://www.victimsprotection.eu)

The Normalisation of Secrecy in the UK and Dutch Courts, joint T.M.C. Asser and IACL (Constitutional Responses to Terrorism) Verfassungsblog Symposium (invited contribution in May 2018)

Ritualised Responses to ‘New’ Terror Threats post 9/11, Centre for International Governance and Justice (RegNet, ANU) Blog – Regarding Rights (invited contribution in February 2016)

Stateless Terrorists: Domestic and International Legal Implications, Human Rights in Ireland (co-authored guest post in November 2013)

US Surveillance Leaks, Human Rights in Ireland (authored guest post in June 2013)

Extraordinary Rendition and Human Rights: The Case of Khaled El-Masri, Centre for International Governance and Justice (RegNet, ANU) Blog – Regarding Rights (invited contribution in March 2013)