Adamantia Rachovitsa
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Dr. Adamantia Rachovitsa

Assistant Professor of International Law

 +974-4403 6519
LL.B (Greece); LL.M (Greece); Ph.D (Nottingham)
Professional Experience

Dr Adamantia Rachovitsa obtained her PhD in public international law from the University of Nottingham (UK). Her doctoral thesis concerned the question of fragmentation of international law. Upon completion of her PhD in 2013, she took up an Assistant Professorship in public international law at the College of Law, Qatar University. She currently runs the Public International Law and Human Rights courses. 

She researches and writes on mitigating the difficulties arising from fragmentation of international law via interpretation as well as the potential of international justice to grasp and address effectively global concerns. Her current research interests also involve cybersecurity, data protection, Internet law, and human rights protection online. She pursues cross-disciplinary approaches and her work informs policy-making in the area of regulating cyberspace. She is a 2015-2016 Fellow at UC Berkeley - Centre for Technology, Society & Policy working on the project “Coding Values in the Internet’s Standards? The Example of Encryption”. She has undertaken a research grant by Qatar University on the legal and technical value of preserving privacy online. 

Dr Rachovitsa is involved in policy-making consultation advising governmental and non-governmental stakeholders on the implementation of cybercrime and the introduction of data protection legislations. She participates to a series of knowledge transfer projects at the international level. In 2015 she became a member of the Research Group on Human Rights Protocols Considerations (Internet Research Task Force) collaborating with technologists in order to draft human rights guidelines to be considered by the engineering community when creating and updating Internet standards. She also participates to the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (ICANN) and the Implementation Advisory Group to Review Existing ICANN Procedures for Handling WHOIS Conflicts with Privacy Laws (ICANN).

She is committed to enhancing the study and development of international law in Qatar and the Middle East. In 2013 she founded, and since then she serves as the elected Secretary of, the Qatari Branch of the International Law Association. She organised the International Conference ‘Syrian Crisis and International Law’ in Doha which brought together twenty European and US-based academics to discuss the Syrian crisis and which was broadcast live by Al Jazeera. She leads Qatar University’s participation to the “Peace for Justice” project in collaboration with The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she serves as the Academic Advisor for Qatar University students’ human rights Club. She is a qualified lawyer in Greece. She is an alumna of the Institute for Global Law & Policy (Harvard Law School) and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Law.

Scholarly work

A. Peer-reviewed Articles

Rachovitsa, ‘Engineering “Privacy by Design” in the Internet Protocols: Understanding Online Privacy both as a Technical and a Human Rights Issue in the Face of Mass Surveillance’ International Journal of Law & Information Technology (forthcoming 2016)

Rachovitsa, ‘Treaty Clauses and Fragmentation of International Law: Applying the More Favourable Protection Clause in Human Rights Treaties’ (2015) 15 Human Rights Law Review (forthcoming 2016, vol. 16, issue 1)

Rachovitsa, ‘Fragmentation of International Law Revisited: Insights, Good Practices and Lessons to be Learned from the Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights’ (2015) 28 Leiden Journal of International Law 863-885

Rachovitsa, ‘Book Review: The Reception of International Law in the European Court of Human Rights (M. Forowicz)’ (2011) 11 Human Rights Law Review 795-799 

Rachovitsa, ‘Interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights in Light of Other International Treaties According to the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights’, (2010) 45 Revue Hellénique des Droits de l’ Homme 81-126

Rachovitsa, ‘The Death Penalty from the Standpoint of the Criminal Justice System in China’, 2007 Epetirida Armenopoulou 288 (in Greek) 8,000 words

B. Conference Papers & Invited Talks

‘“I Move Things Around Until They Look Right”: Methodological and Policy Concerns on Human Rights’ Integration’, International Conference on ‘The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective’, Ghent - Belgium (Dec 2015)

‘Informal International Law-Making and Privacy by Design’, ‘Amsterdam Privacy Conference – APC 2015’, Amsterdam - The Netherlands (Oct 2015)

‘“Digital Arms” & Regulating the Industry of Surveillance Technologies’, Institute for Global Law & Policy Workshop, Harvard Law School, Doha, Qatar (Jan 2015)

‘The Intersection of Law & Technology in the Regulation of the Internet’, Research Seminar on the New Qatari Cybercrime Law, Qatar University, Qatar (by invitation only) (Dec 2014)

‘Teaching Human Rights as a Core Curriculum Course at Qatar University’, Event on Celebrating the International Day on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Qatar University, Qatar (Dec 2014)

‘Access to Information as an Enabler and Catalyst of Good Governance and Development – Insights from Recent Practices in the Arab Region’, World Bank, World Bank Forum on Law, Justice & Development, Washington DC, USA (Oct 2014)

‘Cyberspace and Public Space’, 2014 Inaugural Conference -The International Society of Public Law, Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space, Florence (EUI), Italy (Jul 2014)

‘Taking a Step Forward: Applying Comparative Methodology in International Law’, 50th Anniversary Conference of the Québec Society of Comparative Law, Québec, Canada (Oct 11)

‘When International Law Ignores Comparative Law’, British Association of Comparative Law, Workshop on the Use of Comparative Law, University of Nottingham, UK (Jul 2011)

‘Determining the Scope of a Dispute before the European Court of Human Rights: Recent Challenges’, 2011 UCD Workshop on Human Rights: The Legacy and Future of the ECHR: Evaluating Sixty Years of the European Human Rights Project, University College Dublin, School of Law, Dublin, Ireland (Jan 2011)

‘The Ambiguous Contribution of the Application of the Most-Favoured Protection Clauses to the Fragmentation of International Law’, Fourth International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College, London, UK (Apr 2010)

  • (2015-2016) Research Fellow at UC Berkeley - Center for Technology, Society & Policy
  • Research Start-up Grant, Qatar University (Apr 2014-April 2015) Project on “Valuing Privacy Online from a Technical and a Human Rights Point of View”
  • Research Excellence Award - College of Law, Qatar University (Sept 2015)
  • Visiting Fellow - Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham (Jul 2013)
  • Greek State Scholarships Foundation Fellowship for Doctoral Research (2008-2011)
  • JC Smith Trust Fund Travelling Scholarship - School of Law, University of Nottingham, UK (2011)
  • JC Smith Trust Fund Travelling Scholarship - School of Law, University of Nottingham, UK (2009)
Courses Taught

College of Law, Qatar University 

Public International Law

Human Rights 

Human Rights (Honours Programme)

School of Law, University of Nottingham

Foundations of Public International Law (undergraduate tutorials)

European Union Law (undergraduate tutorials)

European Convention on Human Rights (undergraduate tutorials)