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Professor Natalia Szablewska

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I am a legal & social scientist with over 20 years of experience spanning the public sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations and academia in five countries.

I worked for the British House of Commons, Welsh Government (Llywodraeth Cymru), Solicitors Regulation Authority (England & Wales), and a human rights litigation organisation in Moscow (Russian Justice Initiative). My academic experience comprises working at the University College London School of Public Policy (England), Aberystwyth University Dept of Int’l Politics (Wales) and law schools in Australia and New Zealand.

For the past 10 years I have worked closely with Cambodian academics, initially being involved in the development of the first in Cambodia Master’s Programme in Human Rights at Mekong Cambodian University and since 2016 have held an Adjunct Professorship at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh. 

Qualifications: PhD in Law, GradCertAP, DipIHL, LLB(Hons), BScEcon(Hons)

Research interests

My research interests encompass a wide range of areas and my research centres on themes at the intersection of law, public policy and ethics. I employ gender- and human rights-based approaches to examine issues relating to forced migration, modern slavery, social behaviour change and gender (in)equalities in post-conflict societies. I have used qualitative and quantitative approaches and various methods including discourse analysis and systematic review (I am a qualified reviewer for the Joana Briggs Institute Evidence Synthesis Journal at the University of Adelaide). My research is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and policy-oriented.

To attest to the interdisciplinary nature of my work, I have published across law, social sciences, business, communication studies and public health with leading journals and publishers. I have published over 100 outputs for various audiences and presented – including as a keynote – at over 30 conferences/webinars worldwide.

I have been awarded multiple nationally and internationally competitive research grants, including under the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (Universities Australia and The German Academic Exchange Service/DAAD), the Australian Academy of the Humanities (in Asian studies) and Cambridge University International Law Fund.

I have held international fellowships and visiting positions in centres/departments of women and gender studies, conflict studies and social psychology at institutions in Canada, Germany, Slovenia and the UK.  I have acted as an expert assessor/reviewer/examiner across different disciplines for leading journals, conferences, publication prizes, funding bodies and accreditation bodies in Australia, the UK, Poland, Cyprus and the EU.

Teaching interests

I have been involved in teaching over 20 modules 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 subjects such as torts, public international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, constitutional law, public law, contract law, Australian legal system, EU law, socio-legal research methods, and mooting.

I have used innovative strategies for teaching & learning, including online gaming and animations. In addition to having a degree in teaching in higher education, I have also completed specialist training in online education and have extensive experience in delivering blended learning via various learning management systems (LMSs).

I have judged at and coached student teams for various national and international mooting and negotiations competitions, including the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Jean-Pictet International Competition, the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, and the Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Mooting Competition.

I have led to successful completion and examined Theses (including PhDs) of over two dozen research students and acted as Mentor Supervisor to colleagues.

Impact and engagement

Over the last seven years, my research and practice focus has been predominantly on modern slavery and the wider business and human rights agenda, including the intersections between corporate action and the environment. To that end, I currently serve on the Modern Slavery Leadership Advisory Group to the New Zealand Government and as a Chair of Business and Human Rights Committee (100+ members) of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Some prior appointments in this area include being a Stakeholder Selection Committee Member and Civil Society Observer at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (2017) and I acted on the OECD Peer Review Panel for the Australian National Contact Point/AusNCP (2021).

I have made over 15 submissions to parliaments (Australia and New Zealand), the UN and the OECD, and acted as an expert before government committees and inquiries (Australia). My scholarly and professional publications have attracted citations and mentions in varied outlets, including parliamentary commissions’ reports and science magazines.

My commentaries have been featured in various national and international media outlets, including New Zealand national TV, CNN, The Guardian, Radio New Zealand (RNZ), ABC Radio (Australia) and LawyersWeekly, and in a documentary series on 'Modern Slavery, Food and Fashion Fail' (Australia, 2019).

External collaborations

2022-2023, Visiting Professor, Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)  

Since 2022, Executive Management Committee Member, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR)

Since 2021, Member of Modern Slavery Leadership Advisory Group to the New Zealand Government, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Since 2020, Associate Member, Centre for Research on Modern Slavery (CReMS), Business School, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Since 2019, Chair, Business and Human Rights Committee of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) 

Since 2019, Adjunct Fellow, Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI), School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University (Australia)

Since 2016, Adjunct Professor, Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law (CSHL), Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia)

Since 2009, Editorial Board, Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (Brill)

Selected Former Appointments:

Editorial Board, International Journal of Refugee Law (OUP)

Advisory Council, International Society of Public Law, Australia and New Zealand Chapter

Board Member, Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee

Member, Migrant and Refugee Health Research Centre, National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research (New Zealand)

Member, IWD Committee of UN Women National Committee Australia

Legal Sector Working Group Member, Gold Coast City Council (Australia)

I have collaborated on projects and led numerous international research teams, and my current projects involve colleagues and researchers based in New Zealand, Australia, Poland, Cambodia and Kazakhstan.

Publications

Modern Slavery and Migrant Smuggling: A Sustainable Development Conundrum (2022)
Szablewska, Natalia
Jean Monet Network on Enforcement of EU Law (EULEN) Working Paper Series, 13(22)


Guest editorial: Social transformation and vulnerable populations (2020)
Parker, Lukas; Kubacki, Krzysztof; Brennan, Linda; Reid, Mike and Szablewska, Natalia
Journal of Social Marketing, 10(4) (pp. 447-449)


Constructing Women Perpetrators of International Crimes: A Critical Discourse Analysis (2020)
Ellison, Lyn and Szablewska, Natalia
International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique


Social marketing targeting Indigenous peoples: a systematic review (2019-02)
Kubacki, Krzysztof and Szablewska, Natalia
Health Promotion International, 34(1) (pp. 133-143)


Sexual and gender-based violence: the case for transformative justice in Cambodia (2019)
Szablewska, Natalia and Jurasz, Olga
Global Change, Peace & Security, 31(3) (pp. 263-282)


Guest editorial: Social good and ethics in social marketing for wicked problems (2019)
Kubacki, Krzysztof; Szablewska, Natalia and Kennedy, Ann-Marie
Journal of Social Marketing, 9(4) (pp. 485-489)


A Human Rights-Based Approach to the Social Good in Social Marketing (2019)
Szablewska, Natalia and Kubacki, Krzysztof
Journal of Business Ethics, 155(3) (pp. 871-888)


Anti-Human Trafficking Campaigns (2018-06-01)
Szablewska, Natalia and Kubacki, Krzysztof
Social Marketing Quarterly, 24(2) (pp. 104-122)


Regional collaborative responses to the global migration crisis: refugee law, human rights and shared state responsibility: the Australia-Cambodia refugee resettlement agreement (2017)
Szablewska, N. and Ly, R.
The Australian Law Journal, 91(3) (pp. 186-197)


Anti-Trafficking (ILL-)Efforts: The Legal Regulation of Women’s Bodies and Relationships in Cambodia (2016)
Bradley, Clara and Szablewska, Natalia
Social & Legal Studies, 25(4) (pp. 461-488)


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


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


Russia: NATO, EU and the OSCE (2005)
Szablewska, N.
Interstate Journal of International Affairs(Winter)


Contemporary Australian Tort Law (2019)
Kyriakakis, Joanna; Popa, Tina; Rochford, Francine; Szablewska, Natalia; Zhao, Xiaobo; Taliadoros, Jason; O'Donovan, Darren and Bautista, Lowell
Publisher : Cambridge University Press


Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking (2022-07-21)
Szablewska, Natalia
In: Sayapin, Sergey; Atadjanov, Rustam; Kadam, Umesh; Kemp, Gerhard; Zambrana-Tévar, Nicolás and Quénivet, Noëlle eds. International Conflict and Security Law: A Research Handbook (pp. 1181-1206)
ISBN : 978-94-6265-515-7 | Publisher : T.M.C. Asser Press | Published : The Hague


Cambodia (2022-07-21)
Szablewska, Natalia
In: Sayapin, Sergey; Atadjanov, Rustam; Kadam, Umesh; Kemp, Gerhard; Zambrana-Tévar, Nicolás and Quénivet, Noëlle eds. International Conflict and Security Law: A Research Handbook (pp. 1229-1255)
ISBN : 978-94-6265-515-7 | Publisher : T.M.C. Asser Press | Published : The Hague


Global Approaches to Punishment and the Sustainable Development Goals (2021)
Szablewska, N. and Hawksley, C.
In: Leal Filho, W.; Azul, A. M.; Brandli, L.; Lange Salvia, A.; Özuyar, P. G. and Wall, T. eds. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham


Ethical tension in working with stakeholders (2021)
Kubacki, K.; Szablewska, N. and Siemieniako, D.
In: Knox, K.; Kubacki, K. and Rundle-Thiele, S. eds. Stakeholder Involvement in Social Marketing (pp. 25-38)
ISBN : 9780367172695 | Publisher : Routledge


Cambodia: Emergency laws raise concerns about human rights (2020)
Szablewska, N.
In: Georgeou, N. and Hawksley, C. eds. State responses to COVID-19: A global snapshot at 1 June 2020 (pp. 31-33)
Publisher : Western Sydney University


Human trafficking and modern slavery in a time of COVID-19 (2020)
Szablewska, N.
In: Georgeou, N. and Hawksley, C. eds. State responses to COVID-19: A global snapshot at 1 June 2020 (pp. 46-48)
Publisher : Western Sydney University


Ethics of Social Marketing and Non-profit/Charity Marketing (2020)
Kubacki, K. and Szablewska, N.
In: Eagle, L.; Dahl, S.; De Pelsmacker, P. and Taylor, C. R. eds. SAGE Handbook of Marketing Ethics (pp. 248-258)
Publisher : SAGE | Published : London


Social Causes, Consumer Activism and Human Rights (2020)
Szablewska, N.; Kamin, T. and Kubacki, K.
In: Eagle, L.; Dahl, S.; De Pelsmacker, P. and Taylor, C. R. eds. SAGE Handbook of Marketing Ethics (pp. 275-286)
Publisher : SAGE | Published : London


Towards transformative gender equality: the importance of addressing economic violence against women in Cambodia. (2019-10-29)
Jurasz, Olga and Szablewska, Natalia
In: Gámez Fuentes, María José; Núñez Puente, Sonia and Gómez Nicolau, Emma eds. Re-writing Women as Victims: From Theory to Practice. Interdisciplinary Research in Gender (pp. 68-82)
ISBN : 9781138487154 | Publisher : Routledge


Social Engineering and Social Marketing (2019)
Szablewska, N. and Kubacki, K.
In: Kennedy, A-M. ed. Macro-Social Marketing Insights: Systems Thinking for Wicked Problems (pp. 215-234)
Publisher : Routledge


Aktualne problemy i przyszłe wyzwania sprawiedliwości okresu przejściowego [tr. Current problems and future challenges in transitional justice] (2018)
Szablewska, N. and Bachmann, S. D.
In: Figura, K.; Kuisz, J. and Sadurski, W. eds. Trudne rozliczenia z przeszłością. Vol II: Polska w perspektywie Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej (pp. 15-42)
ISBN : 978-83-7383-885-7 | Publisher : Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar | Published : Warszawa


Human trafficking in Australasia (2018)
Szablewska, N.
In: Piotrowicz, R.; Rijken, C. and Uhl, B. H. eds. Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking (pp. 78-92)
Publisher : Routledge


De la "transición" a la "transformación" en el contexto de situaciones de posconflicto la noción de "Justicia" bajo revisión [tr. From ‘transition’ to ‘transformation’ in the context of post-conflict situations: the notion of ‘justice’ revisited] (2017)
Szablewska, N.
In: Vélez-Rodríguez, L. A. ed. Sociedad y fuerza pública ante los retos de la paz: justicia transicional, víctimas y consolidación democrática (pp. 25-38)
ISBN : 9789587497519 | Publisher : Ediciones Escuela Superior de Guerra, Universidad Javeriana and Grupo Editorial Ibáñez


A Feminist Legal Analysis of the Interface Between Refugee Law and the Mandates of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (2015)
Ogg, K. and Szablewska, N.
In: Szablewska, N. and Bachmann, S. eds. Current Issues in Transitional Justice (pp. 209-234)
Publisher : Springer


Current Issues and Future Challenges in Transitional Justice (2015)
Szablewska, N. and Bachmann, S-D.
In: Szablewska, N. and Bachmann, S-D. eds. Current Issues in Transitional Justice (pp. 339-361)
ISBN : 978-3-319-09390-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham.


The Nexus Between Sex-Work and Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Transitional Societies of Southeast Asia (2015)
Szablewska, N. and Bradley, C.
In: Szablewska, N. and Bachamnn, N. eds. Current Issues in Transitional Justice (pp. 235-260)
ISBN : 978-3-319-09390-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham.


Social Justice Within Transitional Justice: The Case of Human Trafficking and Sex-Work in Cambodia and Myanmar (2015)
Szablewska, N. and Bradley, C.
In: Szablewska, N. and Bachmann, S-D. eds. Current Issues in Transitional Justice (pp. 261-287)
ISBN : 978-3-319-09390-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham.


Social Marketing: Current Issues – Future Challenges (2013)
Rundle-Thiele, S.; Kubacki, K.; Leo, C.; Arli, D.; Carins, J.; Dietrich, T.; Palmer, J. and Szablewska, N.
In: Kubacki, K. and Rundle-Thiele, S. eds. Contemporary Issues in Social Marketing (pp. 216-237)
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Protection and International Cooperation in the International Refugee Regime (2013)
Szablewska, N. and Karim, S.
In: Islam, M. R. and Bhuiyan, J. H. eds. An Introduction to International Refugee Law (pp. 189-213)
Publisher : Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers


Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach (2015)
Szablewska, Natalia and Bachmann, Sascha-Dominik
Szablewska, Natalia and Bachmann, Sascha-Dominik eds.
ISBN : 978-3-319-09390-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Cham


Breaking the Chains: Modern Slavery and Sustainable Development Goals (2020)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : The Aotearoa New Zealand and International Development Studies Network (DevNet) Conference ‘Development Matters’ (2020, Palmerston North, New Zealand)


Moving from “transitional” to “transformative” justice in Cambodia: an interdisciplinary approach (2019)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : Symposium - ‘Forgive me’ is all that you can say (2019, University of New England, Sydney/Australia)


Building transformative peace & justice in Cambodia: intersections between international law, SDGs and gender equality (2019)
Jurasz, Olga and Szablewska, Natalia
In : The Arctic University of Norway Conference 'Critical Inter-disciplinary Conference on Studying Peace from Below' (5-6 Sep 2019, Tromso, Norway)


Anti-human trafficking campaigns worldwide: are they doing more harm than good? (2018)
Kubacki, K. and Szablewska, N.
In : Academy of Marketing Conference ‘Marketing the Brave’ (2-5 Jul 2018, University of Stirling)


An intersectional approach to ethical issues in social marketing segmentation (2018)
Kubacki, K.; Szablewska, N.; Forbes, S. and Palmedo, C.
In : Academy of Marketing Conference ‘Marketing the Brave’ (2-5 Jul 2018, University of Stirling)


Impact of human trafficking on Indigenous populations: an intersectional approach (2018)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) Conference (12-15 Dec 2018, University of Wollongong, Australia)


Social marketing and human rights law (2015)
Szablewska, N. and Kubacki, K.
In : Academy of Marketing Conference 2015 (7 Jul 2015, Limerick, Ireland)


Understanding the social good: Avoiding Wrath, Special Session on ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back: The 7 sins of social marketing’ (2013)
Szablewska, N. and Kubacki, K.
In : World Marketing Congress (17-20 Jul 2013, Melbourne, Australia)


What can we learn about international law from the practitioners of international affairs? An empirical study of international law and international politics (2012)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) (2012, Wellington, New Zealand)


Is there a Place for Human Rights in Defining the Social Good in Social Marketing? (2012)
Szablewska, N. and Kubacki, K.
In : International Social Marketing Conference (2012, Brisbane, New Zealand)


Advancing Legal Education. Perspectives on International Legal Scholarship (2009)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : SLS Conference ‘Advancing Legal Education: Celebrating 100 Years of Legal Scholarship’ (2009, Keele University)


Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya, is the European Court of Human Rights the answer? (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : The Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference (18 Mar 2008, Manchester, UK)


The Politics of International Law, a study of views and perceptions (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : The Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference (19 Mar 2008, Manchester, UK)


What does the politics of international law mean for practitioners? (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : Midwest Political Science Association National Conference (3 Apr 2008, Chicago, USA)


Human Rights Law in place of International Humanitarian Law during Non-International Armed Conflicts? A necessity or rather an excuse for the lack of political will: the Chechen conflict re-examined. (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : The Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL) Annual Meeting ‘Law and Justice in the Risk Society’ (19 Jul 2008, Milan, Italy)


The Politics of International Law: implications for the Chechen conflict (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : VIIIeme Séminaire Doctoral International et Européen, Institut Du Droit De La Paix Et Du Developpment (8 Sep 2008, Nice, France)


Conflict in Chechnya and the European Court of Human Rights: triumph of the legal or rather the primacy of the political? (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : From Human Rights to the Primacy of the Political? (7 Nov 2008, Lancaster, UK)


Why do international lawyers hate politics? Did theory get it all wrong?: A study of practitioners and the Politics of International Law (2008)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : Graduate Workshop ‘International Political Theory and Critical Legal Thought’ (21 Nov 2008, Birkbeck College, University of London)


The Relationship between Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts (2007)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : The University College Cork Postgraduate Conference on Criminal Justice & Human Rights (2007, University College Cork, Cork/Ireland)


Is International Law really law? When does law finish and politics begin? (2006)
Szablewska, Natalia
In : Gregynog Annual Law Conference (2006, Newtown, Wales)


An opportunity for impact. Recommendations for regulating modern slavery in supply chains in Aotearoa New Zealand (2022-05-02)
Szablewska, Natalia; Kingi, Rebecca; Armstrong, Rebakah and Lake, Quintin
Modern Slavery Recommendations NZ


Submission to New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on the ‘Draft Plan of Action against Forced Labour, People Trafficking and Slavery 2020-2025’ (2020)
Szablewska, Natalia
New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)


Does the route to equality include Indigenous peoples? (2017)
Szablewska, Natalia and Kubacki, Krzysztof
OUP


The end of ISIS : what it means for justice (2017)
Szablewska, Natalia
Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego


Gdzie się ukrywają syryjscy zbrodniarze wojenni? (2016)
Szablewska, Natalia
Przeglad Prawa Miedzynarodowego


Dilemmas of fieldwork: some (personal) reflections on collecting data in Cambodia (2016)
Szablewska, Natalia
Social & Legal Studies Blog


The Politics of Anti-Trafficking Efforts (2015)
Szablewska, Natalia
Australian Institute of International Affairs. Australian Outlook