Misha Plagis completed her Ph.D. in Law at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her doctoral work was conducted as part of the Human Rights Under Pressure interdisciplinary and international research training group in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her doctoral thesis, Misha employed various methodologies in her socio-legal study of the concept of ‘access to justice’ in international human rights law and development, and primarily in her case studies on rural courts in India and South Africa. These included court observations, mapping of courts, and expert interviews, among others, while in India for her fieldwork. 

As a socio-legal scholar interested in procedural law, Misha is currently a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law in Luxembourg. Her current research focusses on the right to a fair trial and the drafting process of article 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In addition, she is conducting a systematic study of the jurisprudence of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to uncover the interpretative tools employed by it. 

Misha’s interest in procedural law and rights from a socio-legal perspective has close ties with the EURO-EXPERT project. Misha is a dual national (South African and Dutch) and completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, for which she is now the data collector.