I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. I am also a Non-Resident Fellow at the International Peace Institute.
My work lies at the intersection of international law, transitional justice and peacekeeping. My research is informed by several years of practice in conflict zones and I have conducted fieldwork in DR Congo, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
I have published widely in journals and edited volumes. I am a regular contributor to blogs like EJIL:Talk!, Opinio Juris and Justice in Conflict. My current research focuses on the protection of civilians and the use of non-lethal force by UN peacekeepers. In my PhD, I explored how international criminal tribunals influence the accountability policies of governments in conflict-affected countries. A book based on the PhD will be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
The Swiss National Science Foundation has provided fellowships to support my doctoral and postdoctoral research. I have held visiting positions at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (2019-2020), New York University School of Law (2018-2019), Harvard Law School (2017), Cambridge University's Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (2016-2017) and Stellenbosch University in South Africa (2016). I was previously a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany (2012-2013).
I have several years of work experience in human rights and security sector reform. Most recently, I advised the European Union in Libya (2018). Prior to my Ph.D., I trained government officials and parliamentarians in Sudan and South Sudan (2012-2013). In DR Congo, I worked on domestic judicial reform and transitional justice with the National Police, Justice Ministry and Parliament (2010-2011). I have also consulted for NGOs and international organizations in the Central African Republic, Georgia and Mali. I am a member of the UN Security Council Roster of Experts.
Born in Poland and raised in the United States, I am bilingual and have native-level French. I also speak (rusty but still) fluent German. I have a passive understanding of Spanish and Russian, and I have studied Arabic for two years. I hold a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Developments Studies in Geneva (summa cum laude avec les félicitations du jury), an LLM from Columbia Law School in New York, and degrees in law (Magister) and history (Licencjat, BA) from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.