- Main fields of interest: Comparative Constitutional law Human Rights Public International Law Rule of Law
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Dr. Rumyana van Ark (née Grozdanova) is a Researcher in Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. She is also a Senior Coordinator and Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT-The Hague). She is currently part of the consortium team of experts within the European Commission funded Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) as well as part of the team evaluating the operation of EU Directive 2017/541 on Combatting Terrorism.
Her research focuses on the evolving relationship between the individual (terror suspect) and the state following acts of terrorism. Her academic and professional experience on this topic spans over 7 years. Her first peer-reviewed works were published in 2013. Since then, her work has been published in various academic and professional journals, as part of edited book collections and within governmental reports. She is currently co-authoring a book on ‘Children’s Rights, ‘Foreign Fighters’ and Counter-Terrorism: The Children of Nowhere’ to be published within the Elgar Studies in Human Rights collection in late 2021 or early 2022.
Between September 2014 and April 2018, Rumyana was a Lecturer (the UK equivalent of an Assistant Professor) in the University of Liverpool Law School where she taught and coordinated two research-led Year 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 Year 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 studies in Durham Law School, Rumyana was a Tutor in European Constitutional Law. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and holds a Certificate in Professional Studies in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Her general research interests include international and European human rights, terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law, states of emergency, international law and legal theory. She is particularly 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. More specifically, her research explores how the relationship between the individual (terror suspect) and the state is altered following acts of terrorism and the broader societal and legal implications. She is currently examining how children are affected, directly and indirectly, by immigration and counter-terrorism measures imposed on their parents. She is also researching how the increasing digitilisation/cyberfication of counter-terrorism policies and practices is changing the perceptions of personality.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Van Ark, R. et al, ‘Counter-Terrorism, ‘Foreign Fighters’ and Children’s Rights: The Children of Nowhere’ Edward Elgar (forthcoming in late 2021/early 2022)
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
Van Ark, R., ‘The Long Hand of 9/11: The Normalisation of Secrecy in the UK and Dutch Courts’ in Scheinin, M. and Paulussen, C. (eds.) 'Human Dignity and Human Security in Times of Terrorism' Springer/T.M.C. Asser Press 2019
Van Ark, R., ‘New Labour and their Counter-Terrorism Framework: Rule of Law within the Rule of Law?’ in Gordon, M. and Tucker, A. (eds.) 'The New Labour Constitution: 20 Years On' Hart Publishing
Van Ark, R., ‘The Legacies of the War on Terror’ in Sayapin, S. et al (eds.) 'International Peace and Security Law' Springer/T.M.C. Asser Press
Van Ark, R., ‘Family Courts as part of the States’ Counter-Terrorism Toolkit: A Welcome Development for FTFs Families?’ in Capone, F. et al (eds.) 'The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon' Springer/T.M.C. Asser Press
Select Peer-Reviewed Online Publications
Van Ark, R. et al, ‘Forgotten Children’s Rights: Australian trends towards statelessness of children of foreign fighters’ Oxford University’s Border Criminology Blog Series on ‘Crimmigration and Australia’ (July 2020)
Van Ark, R., et al ‘Repatriating the forgotten children of ISIS fighters: A matter of urgency’ GlobalCit (EUI and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies) (May 2020)
Van Ark, R., et al ‘Repatriation of Dutch children in Syria now unlikely – but it shouldn’t be a political choice’ The Conversation (May 2020)
Van Ark, R., et al ‘Coronavirus crisis, and the urgent need to revisit repatriation of foreign fighters’ children’ Monash Lens (May 2020)
Van Ark, R., ‘The Caliphate's Women and Children - What Role can the Family Courts play?’ (Part 1) ICCT Research Paper (August 2019)
Van Ark, R., ‘The Caliphate's Women and Children - What Role can the Family Courts play?’ (Part 2) ICCT Research Paper (August 2019)
Van Ark, R., ‘Post Brexit EU (In)Security, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism’, ICCT Research Paper (June 2019)
Van Ark, R., ‘British Citizenship Revoked, Bangladeshi Citizenship Uncertain – What next for Shamima Begum?’, ICCT Perspective (March 2019)
Grozdanova, R., ‘Incitement to Terrorism – Treating the Symptoms or Addressing the Causal Malady’, ICCT Perspective (November 2018)
Grozdanova, R., ‘The Normalisation of Secrecy in the UK and Dutch Courts’, joint T.M.C. Asser and IACL (Constitutional Responses to Terrorism) Verfassungsblog Symposium (April 2018)
Grozdanova, R., ‘Ritualised Responses to ‘New’ Terror Threats post 9/11’, Centre for International Governance and Justice (RegNet, ANU) Blog – Regarding Rights (February 2016)
Grozdanova, R., ‘Stateless Terrorists: Domestic and International Legal Implications’, Human Rights in Ireland (November 2013)
Grozdanova, R., ‘US Surveillance Leaks’, Human Rights in Ireland (June 2013)
Grozdanova, R., ‘Extraordinary Rendition and Human Rights: The Case of Khaled El-Masri’1, Centre for International Governance and Justice (RegNet, ANU) Blog – Regarding Rights (March 2013)
Van Ark, R. et al, “A Comparative Research Study on Radical and Extremist (Hate) Speakers in European Member States” (2019, Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (NCTV), available at https://icct.nl/publication/a-comparative-research-study-on-radical-and-extremist-hate-speakers-in-european-member-states/) (requested by the NCTV on behalf of the Dutch Minister for Justice)