Ms Magdalena Zabrocka

Ms Magdalena Zabrocka
Ms Magdalena Zabrocka

Ms Magdalena Zabrocka

B.A., PGDL, LL.M, Ph.D Candidate

Teaching Fellow

About

Biography

 Magdalena, having completed her BA degree in English Studies and qualified as a teacher at the University of GdaÅ„sk, joined the School of Law in 2019 as a Master of Laws student. She obtained her LLM degree in International Law and International Relations in 2020 and started her Postgraduate Diploma in Law at the BPP University. As a student at the University of Aberdeen, Magdalena was one of the editors for the ASLR while her research focus included international human rights, public international law and EU law. Magdalena has volunteered in a number of pro-bono projects, including legal advice clinics, and has completed various legal internships. Her most recent employment before moving to the UK was as a project coordinator of EU-funded projects completed in cooperation with foreign partner institutions.  In 2019, she won a national literary competition and received a joint bursary from the University of GdaÅ„sk and Trinity College Dublin.

Magdalena started her PhD at the School of Law in January 2021. Her research concerns citizenship and residence by investment (CBI/RBI) schemes in EU Member States and is aimed at identifying a legal route for an intervention at EU level. Her broader interests include EU law, human rights, immigration law, and the rule of law.

Qualifications

  • BA English Studies 
    2019 - University of Gdansk 
  • LLM International Law and International Relations 
    2020 - University of Aberdeen 
  • PGDL Law 
    2021 - BPP University 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • CPIL (Centre for Private International Law)
  • CCCPIL (Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law)
  • CISRUL (Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society & Rule of Law)
  • LRS (Legal Research Society)
  • ASLR (Aberdeen Student Law Review)

 

External Memberships
  • BPP Pro Bono Centre

Prizes and Awards

  • First place and a joint bursary from the University of GdaÅ„sk and Trinity College Dublin in a national literary competition for a research paper (2019).
Research

Research Overview

  • European Union Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law

Research Areas

Politics and International Relations

Current Research

 Magdalena is currently exploring the subject of citizenship and residence by investment (CBI/RBI) schemes in the European Union. Her doctoral research is aimed at analysing legal routes for an intervention at EU level and identifying potential arguments against the investment programmes. Other aspects closely related to the main subject of the thesis that are being analysed include the concept of national and EU citizenship, the scope and applicability of EU Treaties, EU competence on nationality matters, contractual character of the Treaties, as well as access to citizenship and human rights. 

Past Research

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Minority Rights and Vulnerable Groups
  • The Rule of Law
  • Public International Law
  • EU Law
  • Public Law and Human Rights


  ~ Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)

  ~ Citizenship by Investment (CBI)

Knowledge Exchange

  • Advisor at BPP Legal Advice Clinic
  • Student Director at LEASE project at the BPP Pro Bono Centre
  • Volunteer at Streetlaw project at the BPP Pro Bono Centre
  • Volunteer at Brent Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) & Clyde & Co Skype Clinic
  • Volunteer at BPP National Legal Translation Service
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching Fellow
  • UG Tutor / Teaching Assistant
Publications

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  • The Use of SLAPPs to Silence Journalists, NGOs and Civil Society

    Borg Barthet, J., Lobina, B., Zabrocka, M.
    Commissioned by European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). Brussels: European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). 64 pages
    Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports