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Dr Olga Jurasz

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Law
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Law School
  • The Law School
  • olga.jurasz

Professional biography

Dr Olga Jurasz is a senior lecturer in law at the Open University Law School, specialising in international law, gender and human rights. 

Research interests

Olga’s main area of research is gender, international law and human rights. She is particularly interested in how various mechanisms of public international law address the long-term impact of armed conflict on women and how women’s rights are protected in the aftermath of war, during the process of transition from war to peace. 

Another area of research is law and gender-based violence and Olga is working on several projects which are related to this area. Olga has recently contributed to the Feminist International Judgments Project, rewriting the Special Court for Sierra Leone's judgment in the AFRC Case. She also takes part in the Women's Legal Landmarks Project where her landmark discusses the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. Olga is also currently working on collaborative research project concerning gender, cyberviolence and law.

Olga has published in these areas and presented her research at many conferences, both in the UK and internationally. 

Olga is a co-founder and a member of the Research Network on Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gender Studies.


Teaching interests

  • Public International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Refugee Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Human Rights
  • Law and Gender


Impact and engagement

In September 2014, Olga co-organised (with Solange Mouthaan, Warwick Law School & Dr Anel Boshoff and Prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz, Aberystwyth University) the third "Women in and at War" conference (Open Univeristy, September 2016).

In September 2014, Olga co-organised (with Solange Mouthaan, Warwick Law School & Dr Anel Boshoff and Prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz, Aberystwyth University) the second "Women in and at War" conference (Warwick University, 18-19 September 2014). 

In September 2013, Olga co-organized (with Kim Barker, Birmingham Law School) a "Virtual Gender (Un)Conference" (Open University Law School, 12th September 2013).

In May 2012, Olga co-organized (with Dr Anel Boshoff and Prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz) a conference "Women in War and at War" (Aberystwyth University, 11-12 May 2012). 



O. Jurasz, ‘Post-Conflict Justice, Gender and International Law: (Too) Great Expectations?’, e-IR, 15th October 2013, available at:

O. Jurasz, ‘The (Il)legality of the Use of Force in Syria’, Legal Verdict blog, 5th September 2013, available at:

O. Jurasz, ‘Preventing Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict- the role of International Humanitarian Law’, Legal Verdict blog, 26th June 2013, available at

  • American Society of International Law
  • European Society of International Law 


AFRC Case (Prosecutor v. Brima, Kamara, Kanu) (2017)
Jurasz, Olga; Mouthaan, Solange; Labenski, Sheri and Sedman , Dawn
In: Hodson, Loveday and Lavers, Troy eds. Feminist International Judgments
Publisher : Hart (In Press)
Gender, human rights and cybercrime: are virtual worlds really that different? (2014-06-01)
Jurasz, Olga and Barker, Kim
In: Asimow, Michael; Brown, Kathryn and Papke, David Ray eds. Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (pp. 79-100)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-5810-6 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne
Women of the Revolution- the future of women's rights in post-Gaddafi Libya (2013-02)
Jurasz, Olga
In: Panara, Carlo and Wilson, Gary eds. The Arab Spring: New Patterns for Democracy and International Law. Nijhoff Law Specials (ISSN: 0924-4549) (82) (pp. 123-144)
ISBN : 9789004230415 | Publisher : Martinus Nijhoff | Published : Leiden
Gender-based crimes at the ICC- where is the future? (2014)
Jurasz, Olga
In : 108th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (7-12 April 2014, Washington DC) (pp. 429-432)