Dr Dorota Anna Gozdecka SFHEA

Senior Lecturer
LL.M. (UKrakow), PhD (UHelsinki), Docent of Jurisprudence/Adjunct Professor (UHelsinki)
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Biography

Dorota Anna Gozdecka completed her PhD in legal theory at the University of Helsinki (2009) and obtained the title of a Docent of Jurisprudence from the same university (2015).

Her primary research area focuses on legal theoretical aspects related to the accommodation of cultural diversity and the intersections between law and the humanities. Her recent publications such as the Special Issue Identity, subjectivity and the access to the community of rights (Social Identities, Issue 4, 2015), the monograph Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Recognition of Difference: Off the Scales of Justice (Routledge, 2015) or the edited volume Europe at the Edge of Pluralism explore questions of otherness created by contemporary legal regimes.

Dorota has previously held research fellowships at the UC Berkeley Institute for European Studies (2013), the ANU Centre for European Studies (2012-2013) and the European University Institute (2008) and has won prestigious research grants, such as the University of Helsinki three-year grant for an international research project ‘Law and the Other’ that she was leading in 2013-2015. She has also been a keynote speaker for the Council of Europe's Drafting Group on Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies in preparation of the new Guidelines on Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies adopted by the Council of Europe in 2016.

Dorota has also opened a new law and drama group 'Antigone' that will begin its activity at the ANU College of Law in February 2017.

Appointments

2013-2015: Director of the International Research Project 'Law and the Other' at the University of Helsinki

Significant research publications

  • Gozdecka Dorota A., 2015, Off the Scales of Justice: Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Other in Contemporary Europe, Routledge
  • Gozdecka Dorota A.,2015 'A Community of Paradigm Subjects?: Rights as corrective tools in culturally contested claims of recognition in Europe', Social Identities, Issue 4
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Kmak Magdalena, Airytman Ercan Selen, ’ From Multiculturalism to Post-multiculturalism: Trends and Paradoxes', Journal of Sociology  vol. 50 no. 1 51-64
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Jackson Amy R., 2012, ‘Caught Between Different Legal Pluralisms: Women Who Wear Islamic Dress as the Religious ‘Other’ In European Rights Discourses’, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:2011

 

Recent news

15
Feb
2017
Image from Challenging Words Exhibition
Hans Gieng’s 1543 statue Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen (Fountain of Justice) – the first known depiction of Lady Justice wearing a blindfold – conveys a statement that is understood by legal professionals and laypeople alike. Justice is blind.
13
Feb
2017
Dorota Gozdecka
An international law researcher at The Australian National University (ANU) believes US President Donald Trump's executive order into travel restrictions will likely end up before the US Supreme Court, where it could be a win-win situation for President Trump.
10
May
2016
Dorota Gozdecka
The human rights of migrants are not being respected in Europe with many countries failing to recognise cultural difference and diversity, according to ANU expert Dr Dorota Gozdecka.

In the Media

22
Feb
2017
Challenging Words exhibition
Dorota Anna Gozdecka speaks to ABC Radio Canberra
13
Feb
2017
The Explosive President
Dorota Anna Gozdecka speaks with ABC South East
10
Feb
2017
The Explosive President
Dorota Anna Gozdecka speaks to ABC Radio Canberra
8
Nov
2016
Burkini Ban in France - World Watch segment
Dorota Anna Gozdecka interviewed by ABC Ballarat and Southwest Victoria

Past events

18
Oct
2017
Law in the pub
7.00PM to 9.00PM Discussion
  • Professor Margaret Thornton
  • Anne Macduff
  • Professor Desmond Manderson
  • Justine Poon
  • Dr Dorota Gozdecka

Questions of migration and citizenship have become so prominent that not a week passes without a new heated legal controversy surrounding the regulation of the lives of migrants.

13
Feb
2017
Donald Trump
5.30PM to 7.00PM Discussion

Recent executive orders issues by President Donald Trump have shocked many and created an unprecedented travel crisis. 

03-04
Nov
2016
Event image
8.30AM to 6.00PM Workshop
  • Professor Zenon Bankowski
  • Professor Desmond Manderson

This workshop aims to challenge the preponderance of words in legal education and address the growing need of thinking of law in its current setting that is highly influences by changing imageries, visual media and technological progress utilising different means of perception. 

25
Oct
2016
Comic masks
5.00PM to 6.00PM Information session

Centre for Law, Art and Humanities would like to invite ANU College of Law students interested in law, theatre and performing arts to join ANU College of Law’s new Antigone drama group. 

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Dorota's primary research area focuses on legal theoretical aspects related to the accommodation of cultural diversity. Her recent publications explore questions of otherness in contemporary legal regimes. Dorota looks at how law, primarily human rights law, creates, maintains and struggles with otherness.

Issues related to the recognition of difference and the place of the other have recently led her to focus on law and humanities and explore the relationship between law and image in the area of migration law. Dorota examines the interconnectedness of legal justifiability and legitimacy with the dominant images of migrants and examines how these imagery is reflected in the recent changes in migration and refugee law.

Dorota has previously held research fellowships at the UC Berkeley Institute for European Studies (2013), the ANU Centre for European Studies (2012-2013) and the European University Institute (2008) and has won prestigious research grants such as the University of Helsinki three-year grant for an international research project ‘Law and the Other’. Within that project she led a team of 9 researchers working at 5 universities worldwide and published several publications including a collected volume and a special issue 'Identity, Subjectivity and the Access to the Community of Rights', Social Identities, Issue 4, 2015.

Research projects & collaborations

  • 2013-2015: University of Helsinki Funds grant for an international research project: ‘Law and the Other in Post-Multicultural Europe’ (Principal Investigator)

Grants

  • 2013-2015: University of Helsinki Funds grant for an international research project: ‘Law and the Other in Post-Multicultural Europe’ (Principal Investigator)
  • 2011: Post-Doc Pool grant for representing Finnish research abroad
  • 2010 - University of Helsinki Legal Research Fund (oikeustieteen rahasto) research grant
  • 2008: University of Helsinki Research Foundation (Helsingin yliopiston tiedesäätiö), research grant
  • 2008: University of Helsinki Legal Research Fund (oikeustieteen rahasto), research grant
  • 2007: Aili ja Brynolf Honkasalon Rahasto research grant

Consultancies

  • ‘Human rights and accommodation of cultural and religious diversity’ - Keynote speech for the Council of Europe's Drafting Group on Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies, November 2015
  • Speaker at the High Level Seminar on 'Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Culturally Diverse Societies', Council of Europe, June 2016

Books & edited collections

  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Rights, Religious Pluralism and the Recognition of Difference: Off the Scales of Justice, Routledge 2015
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Kmak Magdalena (eds), Europe at the Edge of Pluralism: Legal Conundrums of Accommodating Diversity in Europe, Intersentia, Ius Commune Europaeum series, Volume: 134, 2015,
  • Dickie Marianne, Gozdecka Dorota, Reich Sudrishti (eds), Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Migration Law and Policy, ANU Press, 2016

Book chapters

  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Koulu Sanna, 'What to do with the other in human rights law? Ethics of a;terity versus ethics of care' in: Anne Griffiths, Mustasaari Sanna and Anna-Maki-Petaja-Leinonen (eds.), Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging in Law: Identities and Intersections, Routledge, 2016, pp. 171-190.
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., ‘Religious Pluralism as a Legal Principle’ in: Russell Sandberg (ed.), ‘Religion and Legal Pluralism’, Routledge, 2015, pp. 179-195
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Ercan Selen A., ‘A Critical Assessment of Post-Multiculturalist Tendencies in Law and Policy’ in: Dorota A. Gozdecka and Kmak Magdalena (eds.), Europe at the Edge of Pluralism: Legal Conundrums of Accommodating Diversity in Europe, Intersentia, Ius Commune Europaeum series, Volume: 134, 2015, pp. 27-42.
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., ‘Europe’s changing approach towards blasphemy.’, in: Murphy Cian C.(ed.),‘Law and Outsiders: Norms, Processes and 'Othering' in the 21st Century’, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2011, pp. 233-248.
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., ‘Catholic Family Values instead of Equality - Polish Politics Between 2005-2007 Envisioning the Role of Women.’, in: Sulkunen Irma, Nevala-Nurmi Seija-Leena, Markkola Pirjo (eds.) ‘Suffrage, Gender and Citizenship - International Perspectives on Parliamentary Reforms’ Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009, pp. 427-448.
  • Gozdecka Dorota A.,’Towards a Legal Definition of Religion in Europe. Religious Problems in Contemporary Europe’, in a yearbook: ‘Law: The 6th International Conference of PhD Students, 12-18 August 2007’ Miskolc: University of Miskolc ITTC, 2007, pp.103-110.

Refereed journal articles

  • Gozdecka Dorota A., ‘Identity, Subjectivity and the Access to the Community of Rights – Introduction’, Social Identities, 4: 2015
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., ‘A Community of Paradigm Subjects?: Rights as corrective tools in culturally contested claims of recognition.’, Social Identities, 4: 2015
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Kmak Magdalena, Airytman Ercan Selen, ’From Multiculturalism to Post-multiculturalism: Trends and Paradoxes’, Journal of Sociology, 50, 1: 2014,
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., Jackson Amy R., 2012, ‘Caught Between Different Legal Pluralisms: Women Who Wear Islamic Dress as the Religious ‘Other’ In European Rights Discourses’, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 64:2011
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., 2012, ‘Human rights, fundamental rights and the common constitutional traditions in the protection of religious pluralism and diversity in Europe – a study in the democratic paradox’, Finnish Yearbook of International Law, 2010
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., 2012, ‘Polish Catholic Church and the Regulation of the IVF in Poland: Polarised Political Discourses and the Battle over ‘Proper’ Reproduction’, Feminists@law Journal, 2(1): 2012
  • Gozdecka Dorota A., ‘Moral obligation of the state or a woman's right to privacy?’, No Foundations: Journal of Extreme Legal Positivism, number 6/2009

Conference papers & presentations

  • 'Migrantion law and the politics of visibility', Laws, Walls and Crises Symposium, University of Helsinki, 8.4.2016
  • 'Migrants and politics of visibility: who can and cannot be seen', Complicities, Law, Literature and the Humanities Conference,  UTS, 9-12.12.2015.
  • ‘Representations of refugees: using comics to legitimate law’, Critical Legal Conference, University of Wroclaw, 3-5.9.2015
  • 'Representation of 'illegality': law, migrants and the power of images', Law and Society in the 21st Century Conference, University of Oslo, 10-12.6.2015.
  • 'Postmodernism, post feminism - post-rights?', Post feminism. Post theory. Post critique? Workshop, ANU College of Law, 15-16.5.2015.
  • 'Representations and Images of Migrant in Legal Discourse', Migrants Outside the Frames of Community Symposium, ANU College of Law, 7.3.2014
  • ‘Thinking in Pictures: challenging textual interpretation in legal education', Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australiasia Conference: Interpellations, ANU, 5-7.12.2013.

Commissioned reports

  • ‘Finnish citizenship regulation’, ACIT Project Report, European University Institute, (country report)

Committees

Internal ANU Committees

  • Honours Committee

Case notes & book reviews

  • Jill Marshall, 'Human rights law and personal identity', Routledge in: Social Identities (2016): 1-4.
  • Anna Zarnowska, ‘Workers, Women, and Social Changes in Poland, 1870-1939’, Ashgate Publishing, Hampshire 2004, in: Women's History Review, Volume 17 Issue 2, 2008

Other

PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Law and cultural diversity
  • Law and exclusion, Law and discrimination
  • International and European human rights law
  • Critical approaches to human rights and migration law

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Law and cultural diversity
  • Law and exclusion, Law and discrimination
  • International and European human rights law
  • Critical approaches to human rights and migration law

MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Law and cultural diversity
  • Law and exclusion, Law and discrimination
  • International and European human rights law
  • Critical approaches to human rights and migration law

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Law and cultural diversity
  • Law and exclusion, Law and discrimination
  • International and European human rights law
  • Critical approaches to human rights and migration law

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Law and cultural diversity
  • Law and exclusion, Law and discrimination
  • International and European human rights law
  • Critical approaches to human rights and migration law
  • Law and the humanities
  • Legal theory

I have previously supervised:

  • Rosetta Lee, 2015, The Authentic Mystic: Falun Gong and the Search for the Credible Refugee Narratives
  • Emily Barlow, 2016, Plain Legal Language in Judgments
  • Thomas Underwood, 2016, A ‘Safe’ Third Country? An Analysis of Returns under the EU-Turkey Statement

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2017 LAWS4225
Class #3500
International Law of Human Rights
2017 LAWS4288
Class #10076
Critical Legal Theory
2017 LAWS4300
Class #8778
Supervised Research Paper

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS3202
Class #7387
Honours Thesis (pre-2015 students)
2016 LAWS4300
Class #9141
Supervised Research Paper
2016 LAWS8657
Class #4675
Research Skills (Migration)
2016 LAWS4225
Class #1634
International Law of Human Rights

Past courses

  • Foundations of Australian Law, Academic Research and Writing,  ANU College of Law
  • Religious pluralism dilemma, Poznan Human Rights Centre, Lecture in the International Course of Human Rights Protection, 2015, (2h)
  • Publishing in international journals, Polish Academy of Science and the Human Rights Centre Poznan, Poznan Human Rights Centre, 2015
  • Writing workshop for doctoral students and early career academics, Law and the Other Project, University of Helsinki, 2015 and 2013
  • The European Union: Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective’: Australian National University, Centre for European Studies, 2012, (6h)
  • ‘Migration Law and Multiculturalism in the European Union’: Renmin School of Law, Beijing China, 2012, full time summer school course co-convened with Dr. Magdalena Kmak
  • ‘Theories of Multiculturalism in the European Legal Context’: full time post-graduate and doctoral course at the University of Helsinki, 2010-2014
  • ‘Law and Culture’: full time graduate and post-graduate course convened at the University of Helsinki, 2007-2014

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