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Marina Aksenova


Marina Aksenova


Assistant Professor IE Law School. Director ARTIJ Initiative


Global, Comparative and European Law

Law, Politics and Economics

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Marina Aksenova is a lawyer specialising in international and comparative criminal law. Marina graduated with honors from the International University in Moscow. She holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MSc in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Oxford. Marina defended her PhD entitled ‘Complicity in International Criminal Law’ in 2014 at the European University Institute, in Florence. Prior to joining the IE, Marina was as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.

Marina’s current research interests lie at the intersection of international (criminal) justice and aesthetics. Marina coordinates Art and International Justice Initiative (ARTIJ) with the purpose of bringing more awareness to the experiential dimension of international justice. Marina’s other research projects include studying the purposes and limitations of international criminal justice, with the view of highlighting its symbolic value.  Marina also publishes in the fields of human rights law, terrorism and security studies, public international law and transitional justice. Finally, Marina is developing a new field of academic study –  the criminology of mass atrocities. Her most recent book co-edited with E. Van Sliedregt and S. Parmentier is entitled ‘Breaking the Cycle of Mass Atrocities: Criminological and Socio-Legal Approaches to International Criminal Law’ (Hart Publishing, May 2019).


Academic Background:

  • PhD in Law, European University Institute (Florence, Italy) – 2010-2014
    Dissertation: “Complicity in International Criminal Law”
    Awarded EUI annual Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the best thesis in comparative law
  • MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford (Oxford, UK) – 2009-2010
  • LLM in Public International Law, University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – 2004-2005
  • Bachelor in Law, International University (Moscow, Russia) – 2000-2004


Professional experience:

  • iCourts Centre for Excellence, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
    Postdoctoral fellow – September 2014 – September 2017
  • Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
    Researcher, Trial Chamber – June 2011 – September 2011
  • White & Case, LLC (Moscow, Russia)
    Associate, Arbitration and Litigation Department
    (September 2007-August 2009)
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (The Hague, Netherlands)
    Legal Assistant, Defense
    September 2005 – May 2007



  • Winner of Paul Guggenheim Award monograph of outstanding quality on a subject of general interest and likely to make a real contribution to the study of international law (2019);
  • EUI annual Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the best thesis in comparative law (2015)


Selected publications:

  • Marina Aksenova, Complicity in International Criminal Law, Hart Publishing, December 2016
  • Marina Aksenova and Iryna Marchuk, “Reinventing or Rediscovering International Law? The Russian Constitutional Court’s Uneasy Dialogue with the European Court of Human Rights”, International Journal of Constitutional Law, forthcoming
  • Marina Aksenova, “Of Victims and Villains in the Fight Against International Terrorism”, European Journal of Legal Studies, forthcoming
  • Marina Aksenova and Ciaran Burke, “The Chagos Islands Award: Exploring the Renewed Role of the Law of the Sea in the Post-Colonial Context” Wisconsin International Law Journal, forthcoming
  • Marina Aksenova, “Human Rights at the International Criminal Court: Testing the Limits of Judicial Discretion”, Nordic Journal of International Law, 86 (2017) 1-23
  • Marina Aksenova, “Symbolism as a Constraint on International Criminal Law”, Leiden Journal of International Law (2017) 30(2), 475-499
  • Marina Aksenova, “Solidarity as a Moral and Legal Basis for Crimes Against Humanity: A Durkheimean Perspective”, iCourts Working Paper Series No. 52, 2016. See more
  • Marina Aksenova, “Values on the Move: Colombian Sentencing Practice and the Complementarity Analysis of the International Criminal Court”, iCourts Working Paper Series No. 24, 2015. See more
  • Marina Aksenova, “Achieving justice through restorative means in Colombia: new developments in implementing the peace deal”, EJIL Talk, 4 May 2017. See more
  • Marina Aksenova and Iryna Marchuk, “The Tale of Yukos and of the Russian Constitutional Court’s Rebellion against the European Court of Human Rights”. In Osservatorio Constituzionale, 01/2017. See more
  • Marina Aksenova, “The Al Mahdi Judgment and Sentence at the ICC: A Source of Cautious Optimism for International Criminal Justice”, EJIL Talk, 13 October 2016. See more
  • Marina Aksenova, “Anchugov and Gladkov is not Enforceable: the Russian Constitutional Court Opines in its First ECtHR Implementation Case”, Opinio Juris, 26 April 2016. See more