Dr Olga Jurasz is a senior lecturer in law at the Open University Law School, specialising in international law and human rights.
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.
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: http://www.e-ir.info/2013/10/15/post-conflict-justice-gender-and-international-law-too-great-expectations/
O. Jurasz, ‘The (Il)legality of the Use of Force in Syria’, Legal Verdict blog, 5th September 2013, available at: http://legalverdict.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/the-illegality-of-the-use-of-force-in-syria/
O. Jurasz, ‘Preventing Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict- the role of International Humanitarian Law’, Legal Verdict blog, 26th June 2013, available at: http://legalverdict.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/preventing-sexual-violence-in-armed-conflict-the-role-of-international-humanitarian-law/