dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias

dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias
dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias

senior researcher

dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias


Currently Assistant Professor at the Poznań Human Rights Centre, Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias is a Polish national with policy and legal expertise in the fields of anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, freedom of speech, hate speech and hate crimes, and memory laws. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and in November 2012 she defended her PhD on counteracting antisemitism with legal instruments of the international human rights law.

Based on her doctoral thesis, Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias published a book entitled Combating Antisemitism: International Law Instruments (in Polish, Wolters Kluwer 2014, 613 pp.). In 2015 it received honourable mention in the national competition named after Professor Manfred Lachs for the best publications in international public law in Poland. Her other publications include a number of books, co-authored and co-edited by her. She is co-editor and co-author of Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History, published by Cambridge University Press in October 2017. She has also published a number of articles in refereed scholarly journals, both in Poland and internationally.


Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias has participated in various national and international research projects. In 2015/2016 she has conducted research within a grant awarded by Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since September 2016 she is a Principal Investigator in the Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives (MELA) – a four-nation, EU-sponsored consortium gathered to examine memory laws throughout Europe and the world, organised with the support of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area).

A recipient of the 2015-2018 Fellowship of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding achievements in science and research, Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias was also Bohdan Winiarski Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre of the University of Cambridge in 2014, and Graduate Fellow of the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism, Yale University (2010/2011).

Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias regularly prepares analyses and expert reports for the Polish Parliament, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Council of Europe and various NGOs. She organised and facilitated a number of conferences and workshops on a wide range of human rights issues. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Polish Review of Anti-Discrimination Law and a member of the International Law Association (Polish Group), Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) and a founding member of the Council for European Studies Research Network on Transnational Memory. She cooperates closely with leading Polish NGOs, including Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, “Open Republic” Association against Antisemitism, the Stefan Batory Foundation and Polish Society of Anti-Discrimination Law.

Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias’s standing in the academic community was recognized in 2015 when she was invited to join the Board of Young Researchers, an advisory body of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland and became an expert of the Council of Europe in Help in the 28 Project (“Fight against racism, xenophobia and homophobia”). In September 2015 she became a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies. Since January 2018 she acts as a member of Advisory Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

Selected publications

  • Governmental Xenophobia’ and Crimmigration: European States’ Policy and Practices towards ‘the Other’, 2018 No-Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice no 15, 2018 (współautorka)
  • Right to truth and Memory Laws: General Rules and Practical Implications, (2018) 47 Polish Political Science Yearbook (współautorka)
  • Law and Memory. Toward Legal Governance of History, Cambridge University Press 2017 
(współautorka i współredaktorka)
  • A recent decision of the US Supreme Court on legal discrimination in the access to voting rights: Five readings of Shelby County, Antidiscrimination Law Review 1/2017 
  • „Homosexual propaganda” Bans as a Litmus Test for the Acceptance of Liberal and International Human Rights Norms in the Post-Communist States, XV t. Baltic Yearbook of International Law
  • Stalinism and Communism equals or versus Nazism? Central and Eastern European Unwholesome Legacy in ECtHR, East European Politics and Societies 2016, vol. 30
  • Law of Ritual Slaughter and the Principle of Religious Equality, Journal of Law, 
Religion and State 2016, Vol. 4, no 3 
    Struggling with the European Past: European Court of Human Rights on Memory and Law (w:) Dorota Gozdecka, Magdalena Kmak (red.), Europe at the Edge of Pluralism: Legal Conundrums of Accommodating Diversity in Europe, Intersentia 2015
  • Memory Laws or Memory Loss? Europe in Search of its Historical Identity through the National and International Law, XXXIV Polish Yearbook of International Law
  • Freedom of Religion versus Humane Treatment of Animals: Polish Constitutional 
Tribunal’s Judgment on Permissibility of Religious Slaughter, European Constitutional Law Review (EuConst), vol. 11 (3), 2015