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Research Fellow

Magdalena Kmak

MAGDALENA KMAK, LL.D. (Polish Academy of Sciences)
P.O. BOX 54 (Snellmaninkatu 14 C)
00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
E-mail: magdalena.kmak(AT)



Magdalena Kmak is a Lecturer in International Law and researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, currently at the leave of absence from the Law Faculty. She is also a co-director of a project Law and the Other in Post-Multicultural Europe.

Magdalena is currently a post-doctoral researcher in a project ‘Reinventing Foundations of the European Legal Culture 1934-1964’ at the Network for European Studies, University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on the impact of exile on the development of law. Her research interests encompass exile studies and intellectual history of migration, public international law and human rights.

Previous research:
‘Migration detention as a measure of technology of security’. The project was funded by the Otto A. Malm Foundation, Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation and Research Fund of the University of Helsinki

‘The Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction’. The project was granted funding by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

‘The Legality of Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence in Light of Advisory Proceedings at the International Court of Justice’. The project was granted funding by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

‘International standards of removal of foreigners and their applications in chosen countries’ – doctoral research conducted at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Main publications:

Kmak, M., 2015, Between citizen and bogus asylum seeker: management of migration in the EU through the technology of morality, Social Identities, vol. 21 no. 4
Gozdecka, D. Kmak, M. (eds) 2015, Europe at the Edge of Pluralism, Ius Commune Europaeum Series no. 134, Intersentia, Cambridge 2015

Kmak, M., 2015, The ‘Ugly’ of the EU Migration Policy: The Role of the Recast Reception Directive in Fragmentation of the Refugee Subject, in Gozdecka, D. Kmak, M. (eds), Europe at the Edge of Pluralism, Intersentia, Cambridge 2015,

Kmak, M. Seilonen, A. 2015, Balancing Control with Rights: Foundations of Finnish Detention Policy, in Nethery A., Silverman, S., Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and its Human Impact, Routledge 2015, 

Kmak, M, Gozdecka, DA, Ayirtman Ercan, S 2014, From Multiculturalism to Post-multiculturalism: Trends and Paradoxes, Journal of Sociology 2014 vol. 50.,

Kmak, M 2014, Producing irregularity – management of immigrants in the European Union, in Mobilités et migrations : figures et enjeuxcontemporains : Pluralité des regards et des disciplines, Presses Universitaires de Sceaux,

For full list of publications see Magdalena’s research profile (TUHAT)