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)

Qualifications:

  • 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)
  • Public International Law Programme, The Hague Academy of Public International Law
  • Public International Law and International Politics Programme, The Institute of Public International Law and International Relations
  • Entry Certificate in Welsh Second Language, University of Wales College
  • Certificate in Music, School of Music

Overview:

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 five 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, i.a., 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 10 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 the Study of Humanitarian Law at the Royal University of Law and Economics (Phnom Penh). I have supervised to completion two PhDs, 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), and formerly a Member of Brisbane IWD Committee supporting the UN Women National Committee Australia, and a Board Member of Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee.

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 60 outputs) and delivered conference presentations (over 20) and keynotes worldwide. I have published with leading journals across a number of disciplines, 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/UN submissions and appeared as an Expert before parliamentary committees and government bodies. My commentaries have been featured in, i.a., CNN, The Guardian, TVNZ, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) and LawyersWeekly.

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
* comparative study of global and domestic approaches to human trafficking and 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 international 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

  • Associate Member, Centre for Research on Modern Slavery, The Univ. of Auckland (2020 - ongoing)
  • 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 - 2020)
  • 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)

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)
  • Calcott Pryce Part One Prize in Law for Foundations of Law 2001/2, University of Wales, United Kingdom (2002)

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)

    Outreach and engagement

    • Featured in 'NZ Government Must Protect Most Vulnerable Workers During COVID-19' (Scoop) (2020)
    • Featured in A Bradley 'Slavery in New Zealand; inside the story of the Samoan chief who abused power for profit' (The Guardian) (2020)
    • Featured in J Hollingworth, ‘Samoan chief in New Zealand sentenced to 11 years in jail for slavery...’ (CNN) (2020)
    • Interviewed on TVNZ Breakfast News ‘Modern slavery expert hopes more victims will come forward following NZ's first conviction’ (2020)
    • Interviewed on Radio New Zealand (RNZ) ‘How widespread is human trafficking in NZ?’ (2020)
    • Interviewed on Radio New Zealand (RNZ) ‘First person convicted of human trafficking, slavery sentencing’ (2020)
    • Featured in J Doraisamy 'Government must be better leaders on business and human rights' (Lawyers Weekly) (2019)
    • ABC Radio Lismore Commentary on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement (2013)
    • Radio Northern Star Commentary on the legal and policy developments relating to asylum seekers and refugees in Australia (2013)

Research outputs:

Books

Journal articles

  • Ellison, L., & Szablewska, N. (2020). Constructing women perpetrators of international crimes: A critical discourse analysis. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique. doi:10.1007/s11196-020-09728-3

  • 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

  • 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. (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. (2008). Multiculturalism and Law: A Critical Debate, edited by Omid Payrow Shabani. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2007. Pp. ix + 331. ISBN 978-0-7083-2005-1. Kantian Review, 13(2), 148-151. doi:10.1017/s136941540000128x

  • 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. (2020). Human trafficking and modern slavery in a time of COVID-19. In N. Georgeou, & C. Hawksley (Eds.), State responses to COVID-19: A global snapshot at 1 June 2020 (pp. 46-48). Penrith, NSW: Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI), Western Sydney University. doi:10.26183/5ed5a2079cabd

  • Szablewska, N. (2020). Cambodia: Emergency laws raise concerns about human rights. In N. Georgeou, & C. Hawksley (Eds.), State responses to COVID-19: A global snapshot at 1 June 2020 (pp. 31-33). Penrith, NSW: Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI), Western Sydney University. doi:10.26183/5ed5a2079cabd

  • 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 (pp. 78-92). Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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., & 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

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

  • 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

  • Szablewska, N. (2020). Submission to Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s Public Consultation on ‘International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery’. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2020). Submission to Australian Government’s Public Consultation Paper on the
    National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery 2020-2024. (pp. 1-11). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2019). Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Inquiry into the human rights framework in Australia: ‘Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights’. (pp. 1-38). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/hr4nsw-national-conversation/

  • Szablewska, N. (2019). Giving expert evidence at a hearing into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) and associated matters before the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues, NSW Parliament. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2019). Submission to the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues’ inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) and associated matters. (pp. 1-9). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2019). Submission to the New South Wales/NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet on the draft Modern Slavery Regulation 2019 (NSW) and Section 24 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW). (pp. 1-4). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2019). Submission to the Department of Home Affairs on the Modern Slavery Act 2018 Draft Guidance for Reporting Entities. (pp. 1-11). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • 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. (2018). Submission to the UN Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, Open Call for Input Regarding the Working Group’s Report on the Gender Lens to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In UN Submission (pp. 1-28). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • Szablewska, N. (2018). Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Bill 2018. (pp. 1-8). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/alhr-submission-modern-slavery-bill-2018/

  • Szablewska, N. (2018). Submission to the New South Wales Parliament on the New South Wales Modern Slavery Bill. (pp. 1-11). Australian Lawyers for Human Rights / ALHR. Retrieved from https://alhr.org.au/

  • 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. (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.

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