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Atina Krajewska is a Senior Birmingham Fellow in Law at the University of Birmingham since January 2018. Prior to that she worked at the Sheffield Law School, Cardiff School of Law and Politics and at the University of Exeter, where she taught Reproductive Rights, Medical Law and Ethics, EU Law, and Tort Law at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She obtained her PhD at the University of Wrocław, Poland, in 2007. She also holds a "Master in British Studies" from the Humboldt University in Berlin. During her doctoral studies she was a research fellow at the Institute for German, European & International, Medical Law, Public Health Law and Bioethics at the University of Mannheim in 2005, and at the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative and International Law in Heidelberg in 2006. She came to the UK in 2007 as a British Academy postdoctoral visiting fellow at the Egenis Centre for Genomics in Society at the Exeter University.

Dr Atina Krajewska’s work focuses on the developments of human rights law in the area of health and medicine. She has published in the area of genomics, reproductive rights, and global/transnational health law. Her book on Genetic Information and the Scope of Personal Autonomy in European Law, published in Poland in 2008, has had considerable impact on legislative decisions of Government and Parliament bodies in Poland. Its relevance has been noted by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Chancellery of the Polish Senate. Over the years, she received funding from different funding bodies in Germany, Poland and the UK, including the British Academy, the ESRC, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Max Planck Institute, and the Polish Science Foundation (FNP). 

Research interests

In her research Dr Atina Krajewska focuses on the developments of human rights law in the area of health and biomedicine. Underpinning her research is the attempt to investigate the question of how the international community should manage health challenges and scientific progress. Her current research includes three main strands. The first strand is a continuation of research in the area of privacy, informational autonomy and data protection law in Europe in the context of genetic and genomic science and new technologies in medicine. The second strand extends her studies into the field of reproductive rights, focusing on the legal issues concerning assisted reproduction and abortion. She is particularly interested in the notion of invisible subjects, the mechanisms of acquiring visibility through law, and the socio-legal factors contributing to the process of visibilisation. The third, connected, strand of her research focuses on the formation of Global Health Law as a rising system of transnational law. Her research in this field elaborates on increasingly prominent debates regarding post-traditional patterns of constitutional organization and global justice and bears diversely on distinct legal spheres of medical and public health law, public international law, and the sociology of law.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK.
  • PhD in Law (International and European Law), Department of Law Administration and Economics and the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Master in British Studies, Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
  • Master of Law, Department of Law and Administration, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • K Law (General)
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Health Law
  • Sociology of Health Law
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • Transnational Health Law
  • Global Health Law
  • human rights


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