Alicja Polakiewicz is a doctoral candidate and research assosciate at the Institute for Political Science (Professorship of Prof. Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach). She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a focus on European and international law from Sciences Po Paris. As part of her undergraduate degree, she spent one year at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where she concentrated on the politics and cultures of Southeast Asia. Alicja graduated with an LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh where she was awarded the T.B Smith Prize for most distinguished scholar. In 2022, she won the ‘Sylke Tempel Essay Prize’ jointly awarded by the magazine ‘Internationale Politik‘ and the Women in International Security network Germany. During her studies, she received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. Her doctoral thesis is supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
She was the editor-in-chief of Contemporary Challenges: The Global Crime, Justice and Security Journal, and currently serves as one of the editors for the Völkerrechtsblog, dealing with international law and international legal thought. Previously, Alicja worked at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), contributing to the institute’s work in human rights and democracy, and peace and security. She continues to be affiliated with GPPi as a non-resident fellow. Alicja also served as a student director for STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities and took part in a European voluntary service with Aegis Trust, an international genocide prevention NGO, in London and Kigali.