School of Law

Dr Daniela Nadj, LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD Law


Lecturer in Public Law

Room Number: Mile End


Dr Daniela Nadj is a Lecturer in Public Law, having joined the Law Department in September 2013. She is also the Course Convenor in Administrative Law. Prior to joining Queen Mary, she was a lecturer in law at the University of Westminster where she taught Public Law, the United Nations System for the Protection of Human Rights, UK Human Rights Law and EU Law. She read for her PhD at the University of Westminster, while acting as lecturer on the LLB programme. Her principal research interests lie in the fields of international criminal law, international human rights, feminist legal theory and armed conflict. She has published in the area of international wartime sexual violence jurisprudence exploring the impact of the criminalisation of gender-based violence on women in the current political and legal moment.

Dr Nadj is a member of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC).


Dr Nadj's main research focus is on the prosecution of gender-based violence in international criminal courts, in particular the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Daniela is interested in whether international criminal tribunals can achieve gender justice and gender equality within the current international legal framework. In this vein, she examines the portrayal of women in international wartime sexual violence jurisprudence asking whether the law perpetuates gendered stereotypes, based on notions of victimhood and suffering commonly associated with the role of women in armed conflict. Her research therefore focuses on international criminal law, human rights, international humanitarian law and critical feminist legal theory.



  • D. Nadj, ‘UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict’, in F. Bernat and K. Frailing, (eds), Encyclopaedia of Women and Crime, (Wiley, upcoming in 2019)
  • D. Nadj, ‘Gender and International Human Rights Issues’, in F. Bernat and K. Frailing, (eds), Encyclopaedia of Women and Crime, (Wiley, upcoming in 2019)
  • R. Manjoo and D. Nadj, ‘Bridging the Divide: An Interview with Professor Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women’, in E. S. Buzawa and C. Buzawa, (eds.), Global Responses to Domestic Violence, Cham: Springer International, 2017), 21
  • D Nadj, 'Bridging the Divide: An Interview with Professor Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, 23(3) Feminist Legal Studies, (November 2015), 329-347
  • D Nadj, ‘A Subject without Name’-the Inclusion of Gender and the Erasure of the Woman in International Human Rights Law’, 2(1) Westminster Law Review (April, 2013).
  • D Nadj, ‘The Culturalisation of Identity in an Age of ‘Ethnic Conflict’-Depoliticised Gender in ICTY Wartime Sexual Violence Jurisprudence’, 15 (5) International Journal of Human Rights, (June, 2011), 647-663.


  • D.Nadj,`International Criminal Law and Sexual Violence against Women: The Interpretation of Gender in the Contemporary International Criminal Trial’ (Routledge Research in International Law)


  • D. Nadj,`Sexual violence is a widespread weapon of war - it's time international law caught up’ (The Independent, 2018)

PhD Supervision

Dr Nadj welcomes research proposals from prospective doctoral students working on any area related to her research interests.

Dr Nadj is currently co-supervising Alicia de la Cour Venning with Professor Penny Green. The title of the thesis is: ‘To what extent do Kachin Independence Army perceptions of international humanitarian norms conform with development of its policies and practice?’

Public Engagement

Daniela edited a series of conversations on human rights between academics, human rights practitioners and advocates, as part of the AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality website output.

Dr Nadj is currently collaborating with a collective of performance artists known as 'No Feedback' on an immersive theatre project that examines in detail the 'ten stages of genocide.' The research findings were presented at the recent University of Advanced Study-led 'Being Human Festival' at Senate House in central London. Dr Nadj gave a talk about genocide, gender-based violence and international criminal law by focusing on landmark wartime sexual violence decisions adjudicated by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was on stage again with the 'No Feedback' collective in late January 2017 at the JW 3.

Work in progress or projects / conferences and conference papers:

Dr Nadj recently organised and chaired a large panel debate on the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, titled: ‘Grenfell Tower Fire: The Avoidable Tragedy'. The panel included leading academics, activists, fire safety experts, residents and human rights lawyers, who met to dicuss what happened, and how justice could be achieved. This was done in collaboration with the Human Rights Collegium and the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary in July, 2017. Read about the event in the Huffington Post.

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