Dr Natalia Szablewska

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Senior Lecturer

Email: natalia.szablewska@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6613-523X

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Academic appointments:

  • Adjunct Professor, Royal University of Law and Economics (2016 - ongoing)
  • Adjunct Fellow, Western Sydney University (2019 - ongoing)
  • Visiting Professor, Cambodian Mekong University (2012 - 2014)


  • PhD, Aberystwyth University
  • Grad Cert in Academic Practice, Southern Cross University
  • Dip in Int’l Humanitarian Law, Int’l Committee of the Red Cross
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), BPP
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics in Int’l Politics with Law (First Class Honours), Univ of Wales (Aberystwyth)
  • Entry Certificate in Welsh Second Language, University of Wales College
  • Certificate in Music, School of Music


I am a legal scholar and social scientist with over 15 years of experience spanning the public sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academia in six countries. I have been educated in Poland, the United Kingdom and Australia, with further studies undertaken in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Greece.

I worked for the British House of Commons, Welsh Assembly Government, Solicitors Regulation Authority (England & Wales), and a human rights litigation organisation in Moscow (Russian Justice Initiative). My academic experience comprises working at, inter alia, University College London School of Public Policy (England), Aberystwyth University Dept of Int’l Politics (Wales) and Southern Cross University School of Law & Justice (Australia). For the last nine years I have been involved in teaching, research and mentoring academic staff in Cambodia. I was involved in the development of the first in Cambodia Master’s Programme in Human Rights at Cambodian Mekong University, and I am an inaugural Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Study of Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics (Phnom Penh). I have supervised to completion one PhD, 12 Master's and 17 Honours students, and been Examiner for a PhD, 16 Master's Theses (MA and LLM) and numerous Hons Dissertations.

My work outside academia encompasses being a Co-Chair of the Business and Human Rights Subcommittee of Australian Lawyer for Human Rights/ALHR (a leading national human rights organisation in Australia), a Member of Brisbane IWD Committee supporting the UN Women National Committee Australia, and a former Board Member of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of Australian Red Cross.

Research interests:

My primary expertise lies in public international law, with a particular focus on international human rights law and international humanitarian law. My research centres on themes at the intersection of law, public policy and ethics, and I employ gender- and human rights-based approaches to examine issues relating to forced migration, modern slavery and, more widely, socio-economic (in)equalities in post-conflict societies. My research is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and application-oriented.

I have published widely for academic and non-academic audiences (over 50 outputs) and delivered conference presentations (over 20) and keynotes worldwide. I led four public consultations on the regulation of legal profession in England & Wales (while with the Solicitors Regulation Authority), and contributed to a number of parliamentary submissions and, as an expert witness, a hearing on modern slavery legislation in Australia.

My recent research projects focus on three main themes:
* socio-economic rights of women, in particular in post-conflict societies;
* ethics of social change; and
* a comparative study of global and domestic approaches to modern slavery.

Teaching summary:

I have been involved in teaching over 20 papers at undergraduate and postgraduate levels internationally and across schools of law, criminology and public policy, and as a guest lecturer on programmes in public health, gender, international politics, conflict studies and marketing.

My teaching in law has covered tort law, public international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, constitutional law, contract law, Australian legal system, EU law, socio-legal research methods and mooting.

Fields of research:

  • Migration
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law)
  • Law and Society
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality
  • Applied Ethics
  • History and Philosophy of Law and Justice

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Co-Chair, Business and Human Rights Subcommittee, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights/ALHR (2019 - ongoing)
  • Brisbane International Women’s Day (IWD) Committee Member, UN Women National Committee Australia (2018 - ongoing)
  • Observer (on behalf of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights), United Nations General Assembly (United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service ) (2017 - 2018)
  • Stakeholder Selection Committee Member for a UNGA's High-level Meeting, United Nations General Assembly (United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service ) (2017)
  • Legal Sector Working Group Member, Gold Cost City Council / Australia (2015 - 2019)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • International Fellow (UK), Open University / UK (2019)
  • The ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship Mentoring Scheme, University of Melbourne/Australia (funded by the Australian Research Council ) (2018)
  • Travelling Fellowship (Cambodia), Australian Academy of the Humanities (2016)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Social Marketing 9(4) (2019)
  • Book Reviews Co-Editor, International Journal of Refugee Law (2016 - 2019)
  • Permanent Reviewer, Studies in Public Law (2014 - ongoing)
  • Blog on International Law Co-editor, Przegląd Prawa Międzynarodowego (2013 - 2018)
  • Ad hoc Reviewer/Examiner, various journals, publishers, funding bodies, organisations, conferences (2012 - ongoing)
  • Judge at national and international moot court competitions, various (2011 - ongoing)
  • Board Member, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (2009 - ongoing)

Contribution to academic environment

  • Visiting Scholar (Slovenia), University of Ljubljana/Slovenia (2019)
  • Visiting Scholar (Germany), Philipps Universität Marburg/Germany (2015)
  • Visiting Scholar (Canada), Lethbridge University/Canada (2015)

Research outputs:


Journal articles

  • Kubacki, K., & Szablewska, N. (2019). Social marketing targeting Indigenous peoples: A systematic review. Health Promotion International, 34(1), 175-176. doi:10.1093/heapro/dax071

  • Szablewska, N., & Jurasz, O. (2019). Sexual and gender-based violence: The case for transformative justice in Cambodia. Global Change, Peace and Security, 31(3), 263-282. doi:10.1080/14781158.2018.1538117

  • Kubacki, K., & Szablewska, N. (2019). Social marketing targeting Indigenous peoples: A systematic review. Health Promotion International, 34(1), 175-176. doi:10.1093/heapro/dax071

  • Szablewska, N., & Kubacki, K. (2019). A human rights-based approach to the social good in social marketing. Journal of Business Ethics, 155(3), 871-888. doi:10.1007/s10551-017-3520-8

  • Szablewska, N., & Kubacki, K. (2018). Anti-human trafficking campaigns: A systematic literature review. Social Marketing Quarterly, 24(2), 104-122. doi:10.1177/1524500418771611

  • Szablewska, N., & Ly, R. (2017). Regional collaborative responses to the global migration crisis: refugee law, human rights and shared state responsibility. Australian Law Journal and Reports, 91(3), 186-197.

  • Bradley, C., & Szablewska, N. (2016). Anti-Trafficking (ILL-)Efforts: The Legal Regulation of Women’s Bodies and Relationships in Cambodia. Social and Legal Studies, 25(4), 461-488. doi:10.1177/0964663915614885

  • Szablewska, N. (2014). Illegal immigrants, asylum seekers and Australia’s international obligations: the debate goes on. Australian Law Journal and Reports, 88(10), 707-714.

  • Szablewska, N. (2007). Non-state actors and Human Rights in non-international armed conflicts. South African Yearbook of International Law, 32, 345-360.

  • Szablewska, N. (2005). Russia: NATO, EU and the OSCE. Interstate Journal of international Affairs, Winter. Retrieved from https://interstate1965.wordpress.com/

Book chapters

  • Szablewska, N., & Kubacki, K. (2019). Social engineering and social marketing. In A. -M. Kennedy (Ed.), Macro-social marketing insights: Systems thinking for wicked problems (pp. 215-234). New York: Routledge.

  • Jurasz, O., & Szablewska, N. (2019). Towards transformative gender equality: The importance of addressing economic violence against women in Cambodia. In M. J. Gámez Fuentes, S. Núñez Puente, & E. Gómez Nicolau (Eds.), Re-writing women as victims. From theory to practice (pp. 68-82). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781351043601

  • Szablewska, N. (2017). De la ‘transición’ a la ‘transformación’ en el contexto de situaciones de posconflicto: la noción de “justicia” bajo revisión. In L. A. Vélez-Rodríguez (Ed.), Sociedad y fuerza pública ante los retos de la paz. Justicia transicional, víctimas y consolidación democrática (pp. 25-38). Ediciones Escuela Superior de Guerra, Universidad Javeriana and Grupo Editorial Ibáñez. Retrieved from https://www.grupoeditorialibanez.com/

  • Szablewska, N. (2017). Human Trafficking in Australasia. In R. Piotrowicz, C. Rijken, & B. H. Uhl (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking. Routledge.

  • Szablewska, N. (2015). Introduction. In Unknown Book (pp. xi-xiv). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1

  • Szablewska, N., & Bradley, C. (2015). The nexus between sex-work and women’s empowerment in the context of transitional societies of Southeast Asia. In Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach (pp. 235-260). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1_10

  • Ogg, K., & Szablewska, N. (2015). A feminist legal analysis of the interface between refugee law and the mandates of truth and reconciliation commissions. In Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach (pp. 209-234). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1_9

  • Szablewska, N., & Bachmann, S. D. (2015). Current issues and future challenges in transitional justice. In Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach (pp. 339-361). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1_14

  • Szablewska, N., & Bradley, C. (2015). Social justice within transitional justice: The case of human trafficking and sex-work in Cambodia and Myanmar. In Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach (pp. 261-287). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1_11

  • Rundle-Thiele, S., Kubacki, K., Leo, C., Arli, D., Carins, J., Dietrich, T., . . . Szablewska, N. (2013). Social Marketing: Current Issues and Future Challenges. In K. Kubacki and S. Rundle-Thiele (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Social Marketing (pp. 216-237). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://www.cambridgescholars.com/contemporary-issues-in-social-marketing-16

  • Szablewska, N., & Karim, S. (2013). Protection and international cooperation in the international refugee regime. In An Introduction to International Refugee Law (pp. 189-214).

Conference contributions

  • Szablewska, N., & Jurasz, O. (2019). Moving from “transitional” to “transformative” justice in Cambodia: an interdisciplinary approach. In Symposium - ‘Forgive me’ is all that you can say'. Sydney: University of New England. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/

  • Szablewska, N. (2018). Impact of human trafficking on indigenous populations: An intersectional approach. In The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) Conference "Inclusion, Exclusion and Democracy". Wollongong: The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.uowblogs.com/lsaanz2018/

  • Kubacki, K., Szablewska, N., Forbes, S., & Palmedo, C. (2018). An intersectional approach to ethical issues in social marketing segmentation. In Academy of Marketing Conference ‘Marketing the Brave’. Stirling: Academy of Marketing / University of Stirling. Retrieved from https://www.academyofmarketing.org/

  • Kubacki, K., & Szablewska, N. (2018). Anti-human trafficking campaigns worldwide: Are they doing more harm than good?. In Academy of Marketing Conference 'Marketing the Brave'. Stirling: Academy of Marketing / University of Stirling. Retrieved from https://www.academyofmarketing.org/

  • Szablewska, N., & Kubacki, K. (2017). Is there a Place for Human Rights in Defining the Social Good in Social Marketing?. In International Social Marketing Conference. Brisbane.

  • Jurasz, O., & Szablewska, N. (2016). Building transformative peace & justice in Cambodia: intersections between international law, SDGs and gender equality. In Critical Inter-disciplinary Conference on Studying Peace from Below. Tromsø: The Arctic University of Norway. Retrieved from https://site.uit.no/peace-from-below-2019/

  • Szablewska, N., & Kubacki, K. (2013). Understanding the social good: Avoiding Wrath. In AMS World Marketing Congress. Melbourne: Academy of Marketing Science / Monash University. Retrieved from https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.ams-web.org/resource/resmgr/Files/2013WMCPRO.pdf

  • Szablewska, N. (2012). What can we learn about international law from the practitioners of international affairs? An empirical study of international law and international politics. In Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) Conference ‘International Law in the Next Two Decades: Form of Substance?’. Wellington: Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) / Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved from https://www.anzsil.org.au/

Edited books/volumes

Other outputs

  • Kubacki, K., Szablewska, N., & Kennedy, A. -M. (2019). Social good and ethics in social marketing for wicked problems – guest editorial. In Journal of Social Marketing (Vol. 9, Iss. 4, pp. 485-489). Emerald. doi:10.1108/JSOCM-07-2019-0108

  • Szablewska, N., & Kubacki, K. (2017). Does the route to equality include Indigenous peoples?. In Oxford University Press’s Blog (OUPBlog). Retrieved from https://blog.oup.com/2017/12/route-to-equality-indigenous-peoples/

  • Szablewska, N. (2017). Koniec ISIS: co to oznacza dla sprawiedliwosci’ (tr. ‘The end of ISIS: what it means for justice’]. In Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego (blog on international law in Polish). Retrieved from http://przegladpm.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/koniec-isis-co-to-oznacza-dla.html

  • Szablewska, N. (2017). Gdzie jest wola, znajdzie się rada? Zgromadzenia Ogólne ONZ podczas 72 sesji przyjęło deklarację polityczną potwierdzającą zobowiązanie Państw Członkowskich do walki z handlem ludźmi’ [tr. ‘Where there is a will, there is a way? General Assembly during its 72th Session Adopts Political Declaration Affirming Commitment to End Human Trafficking’]. In Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego (blog on international law in Polish). Retrieved from http://przegladpm.blogspot.com.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2016). Dilemmas of fieldwork: some (personal) reflections on collecting data in Cambodia. In Social and Legal Studies Blog. Retrieved from https://socialandlegalstudies.wordpress.com/

  • Szablewska, N. (2016). Gdzie się ukrywają syryjscy zbrodniarze wojenni?’ [tr. 'Where are hiding Syrian war criminals?]. In Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego (blog on international law in Polish). Retrieved from http://przegladpm.blogspot.com.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2015). The Politics of Anti-Trafficking Efforts. In Australian Institute of International Affairs. Australian Outlook, Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2013). Commentary on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. ABC Radio Lismore.

  • Szablewska, N. (2013). Commentary on the legal and policy developments relating to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. Radio Northern Star (Lismore / Australia).

  • Szablewska, N. (2012). A. Betts and G. Loescher (Eds), 2011, Refugees in International Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press. In International Journal of Refugee Law (Vol. 24, Iss. 1, pp. 173-178). Oxford University Press (OUP).

  • Szablewska, N. (2008). O.P. Shabani (Ed), 2007, Multiculturalism and Law: A Critical Debate, Cardiff: University of Wales Press. In Kantian Review (Vol. 13, Iss. 2, pp. 148-151). Cambridge University Press (CUP).

  • Szablewska, N. (2008). Review Essay: D. Armstrong, T. Farrell and H. Lambert, 2007, International Law and International Relations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press & B. A. Simmons and R. H. Steinberg (Eds), 2006, International Law and International Relations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Cambrian Law Review (Vol. 39, pp. 111-116). The Committee of the Cambrian Law Review.