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Marina Aksenova


Marina Aksenova


Global Public Law and Governance

Marina Aksenova is a lawyer specialising in international criminal 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 has a broad range of research interests. She studies purposes of international criminal law, focusing in particular on the overarching symbolic objective of the discipline. She is also interested in the process of criminalization within the field of international criminal justice. In this regard, Marina looks closely at the offence of international terrorism. Marina also publishes in the fields of human rights law, public international law and transitional justice. Finally, Marina is developing a new field of academic study –  the criminology of mass atrocities.

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, Septiembre 2014 – Septiembre 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

Selected Publications

Aksenova, M. (2021). “Corporate Complicity in International Criminal Law: Potential Responsibility of European Arms Dealers for Crimes Committed in Yemen”. Washington International Law Journal, Vol. 30 (2)

Aksenova, M. (2020). “Substantive Law Issues in the Tokyo Judgment: From Facts to Law?” In Dittrich, V., Von Lingen, K., Osten, P., Makraiov, J. (Eds.). The Tokyo Tribunal: Perspectives on Law, History and Memory. Torkel Opsahl Academic Epublisher

Aksenova, M. (2020). “Symbolic Expression at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia”. In Stahn, C., Agius, C., Brammertz, S., Rohan, C. (Eds.). Legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: A Multidisciplinary Account. Oxford University Press

Aksenova, M. (2019). “The Emerging Right to Justice in International Criminal Law: a Case Study of Colombia”. In Scheinin, M. (Eds.). Human Rights Norms in ‘Other’ International Courts. Cambridge University Press

Aksenova, M., Van Sliedregt, V., Parmentier, S. (Eds.). (2019). “Breaking the Cycle of Mass Atrocities: Criminological and Socio-Legal Approaches to International Criminal Law”. Hart Publishing

Aksenova, M., Marchuk, I. (2018). “Reinventing or Rediscovering International Law? The Russian Constitutional Court’s Uneasy Dialogue with the European Court of Human Rights”. International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 16 (4): 1322-1346

Aksenova, M. (2017).” Of Victims and Villains in the Fight Against International Terrorism”. European Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 10 (1): 17-38

Aksenova, M., Burke, C. (2017). “The Chagos Islands Award: Exploring the Renewed Role of the Law of the Sea in the Post-Colonial Context”. Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 35 (1): 1-38

Aksenova, M. (2017). “Human Rights at the International Criminal Court: Testing the Limits of Judicial Discretion”. Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol. 86: 1-23

Aksenova, M. (2017). “Symbolism as a Constraint on International Criminal Law”. Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 30(2), 475-499

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