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Gabriela-Mihaela Ivan-Cucu

Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Gabriela-Mihaela graduated from Law and Psychology degrees in Bucharest, Romania (2001, 2007). She read for a LLM. degree at University College London, as a holder of a Chevening Scholarship offered by the British Foreign Office (2009). She also holds a Master degree in International Relations and European Affairs (Bucharest, 2005).

Expertise Summary

Before returning to the academia, Gabriela-Mihaela has worked as a Legal Expert for the Romanian Parliament in the Committee for Legal Affairs, dealing with the analysis and reporting on drafts of legislation from a wide range of regulatory domains- Financial Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law and Procedure, and implementing legislation for Romania's accesion to the EU and subsequent regulations. Her legal professional experience started as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Justice of Romania. Other work experience includes also being a Counselor to the Romanian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs, a secondment to the Romanian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cooperation and freelance work in EU projects, NGOs and institutions, among which was also the European Central Bank.

Teaching Summary

Teaching Assistant to Professor Therese Murphy in the Understanding Law Module for LLB (2011)

Guest Lecturer, Notions Common Law, CELE Pre-sessional courses (2013, 2014)

Gabriela -Mihaela undertook the Law Teachers Course at University College London (2007-2008).

Research Summary

International Criminal Law has witnessed considerable developments within the past two decades resulting in a complex legal discipline. Without neglecting its restorative, educational and deterrence… read more

Current Research

International Criminal Law has witnessed considerable developments within the past two decades resulting in a complex legal discipline. Without neglecting its restorative, educational and deterrence purposes, one of the main aims of international criminal justice remains that to bring to trial those responsible for some of the most terrible crimes humanity has witnessed.

Perpetration of mass atrocities involves huge energies and sometimes the responsibility of offenders turns into a complicated maze figure, in which the objective and subjective elements of the crime are difficult to particularize so as to determine the criminal charges for every person involved in a crime that has a collective nature.

The study aims to present an analytical and normative appraisal of the statutory provisions, theories and case law approaches in the field of individual accountability as developed by international, national or hybrid courts and tribunals tackling international crimes. In order to achieve this, Gabriela- Mihaela uses a comparative methodology which brings together different notions belonging to the domain of general principles of criminal law encountered at international, trans-national, supranational but also national levels.

Research supervisors: Professor John Jackson and Professor David Fraser.

Funding: European Union Research Excellence Scholarship and School of Law Scholarship.

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