Natasa Mavronicola is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham. Prior to joining Birmingham Law School she was a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, School of Law. Her main research and teaching focus is the theory and interpretation of human rights. She is particularly interested in the right not to be subjected to torture or related ill-treatment and the right to life, but also in supranational human rights interpretation more broadly, as well as the interplay between counter-terrorism and human rights and key intersections between human rights and criminal justice. She has published work in journals such as the Human Rights Law Review and the Modern Law Review.

Dr Mavronicola completed her undergraduate studies in Law at University College London in 2007 and the BCL at the University of Oxford in 2008. She pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor David Feldman, completing her PhD titled ‘Delimiting the Absolute: The Nature and Scope of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights’ in 2014. She has written extensively on this topic, focusing on unpacking and defending the absolute character of the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (2012, 2017) and exploring loaded, contentious or under-explored aspects of Article 3 ECHR, such as non-refoulement (2013) and punishment (2015). She recently published an article critically exploring the relationship between criminal liability for takings of life and the right to life under Article 2 ECHR (2017).

Dr Mavronicola has served as Adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Nils Melzer, and has been invited to provide expert input on human rights law and on counter-terrorism to bodies such as the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, and the Oireachtas (the Irish legislature).

During her visit at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in Trinity Term 2018, Dr Mavronicola is exploring the significance of certainty in supranational human rights adjudication.

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