dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias

dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias
dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias

assistant professor

dr Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias


Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. She is an expert in anti-discrimination law, freedom of speech and memory laws. She is a co-editor and co-author of Constitutionalism under Stress (OUP, 2020) and Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (CUP, 2017). She was the Bohdan Winiarski Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre of the University of Cambridge, Fellow at the Yale University Initiative for the Study of Antisemitism, Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute and a recipient of the 2015-2018 Fellowship of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding achievements in science and research. She is a Principal Investigator in international research consortiums ‘Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective’ (2016-2019) and ‘The Challenge of Populist Memory Politics for Europe: Towards Effective Responses to Militant Legislation on the Past’ (2021–2024).

Dr Gliszczyńska-Grabias has authored several analyses and expert reports for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe, Polish Parliament and the Polish Ombudsman office. She organised and moderated a number of conferences and workshops on a wide range of human rights issues. She cooperates closely with leading international and Polish NGOs, including the American Jewish Committee, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, and “Open Republic” Association against Antisemitism.


Her 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”). She has also served as a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Community of Democracies. She regularly participates in public debates, in Poland and internationally, by speaking at public and academic events (including Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Georgetown Universities), by publishing opinion pieces and appearing in media, on topics within her expertise. She is fluent in Polish (native), English and German.

Selected works:


  • 2022: The Impact of the UN standards of human rights protection on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish academy of Sciences, (co-editor and co-author) (in Polish)
  • 2020: Constitutionalism under Stress, Oxford University Press (co-editor and co-author)
  • 2017: Law and Memory. Toward Legal Governance of History, Cambridge University Press (co-editor and co-author)
  • 2014: Combating Antisemitism: International Law Instruments, Wolters Kluwer (in Polish)

Refereed articles and chapters:

  • 2021: The Judgment That Wasn’t (But Which Nearly Brought Poland to a Standstill): ‘Judgment’ of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal of 22 October 2020, K1/20. European Constitutional Law Review, 17(1), (with Wojciech Sadurski)
  • 2021: Memory Laws and Memory Wars in Poland, Russia and Ukraine, Jahrbuch des Öffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart, no 69 (with Uladzislau Belavusau and Maria Malksoo)
  • 2021: The concept of vulnerability in the United Nations human rights treaty bodies protection system (in:) Magdalena Półtorak, Ilona Topa (eds.), Women, Children and (other) Vulnerable Groups Standards of Protection and Challenges for International Law, Peter Lang (with Grażyna Baranowska)
  • 2020: ‘Never Again’ as a Cornerstone of the Strasbourg System: The Reminiscence of the Holocaust in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (in:) Helmut Ast, Esra Demir (eds.), The European Court of Human Rights: Current Challenges in Historical and Comparative Perspective, Edward Elgar
  • 2020: The Remarkable Rise of ‘Law and Historical Memory’ in Europe: Theorising Tendencies and Prospects in the Recent Literature, Journal of Law&Society, Volume 47, Issue 2 (with Uladzislau Belavusau)
  • 2019: Deployments of Memory with the Tools of Law – the Case of Poland, Review of Central and East European Law, Vol. 44, Issue 4
  • 2019: Counteracting Anti-Semitism with the Tools of Law: an Effort Doomed to Failure? (in:) Armin Lange, Dina Porat (eds.), Comprehending and Confronting Antisemitism. A Multi-Faceted Approach, De Gruyter
  • 2018: Right to Truth and Memory Laws: General Rules and Practical Implications, Polish Political Science Yearbook, Vol. 47, No 1 (with Grażyna Baranowska)
  • 2018: Governmental Xenophobia’ and Crimmigration: European States’ Policy and Practices towards ‘the Other’, No-Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice 2018, Vol. 15 (with Witold Klaus)
  • 2017: 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, No 1 (With Wojciech Sadurski)
  • 2017: „Homosexual propaganda” Bans as a Litmus Test for the Acceptance of Liberal and International Human Rights Norms in the Post-Communist States, XV Baltic Yearbook of International Law
  • 2016: Stalinism and Communism equals or versus Nazism? Central and Eastern European Unwholesome Legacy in ECtHR, East European Politics and Societies, Vol. 30, No 1