Dr Agnieszka Kubal

Departmental Lecturer in REES

Agnieszka Kubal joins REES as part-time Departmental Lecturer from the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) at University of Oxford, where she will continue holding a research post. She was educated in Krakow, Exeter and Oxford with a postdoctoral spell at Harvard, and has an extensive list of publications on topics relevant to the teaching she will be undertaking at REES.

Agnieszka’s research has always focussed on different dimensions of migration, law and society in Central and Eastern Europe, and recently also Russia. Her DPhil at CSLS (Wolfson College) studied the everyday life experiences of the free movement governance in the enlarged European Union using the case study of Polish immigrants in the UK; it was published as a monograph in 2012 with Ashgate/Routledge. Agnieszka then joined a team project at the International Migration Institute which allowed her to deepen her expertise on migration, law and politics from Eastern Europe (Ukraine). In her current British Academy post-doctoral project Agnieszka works on Russia, the third largest destination for migrants globally. She compares new ethnographic data she collected in Russian courts, legal aid clinics for migrants and NGOs with data collected earlier from European countries, questioning whether what happens to migrants and refugees in Russia is as much in contrast with the experiences of immigrants in Europe as many observes would tend to assume.

Agnieszka’s work on undocumented Syrian refugees in Russia together with her participation in their case before the European Court of Human Rights resulted in a court decision LM and Others v Russia (2016) and a real impact beyond academia: establishing standards of protection of Syrians against deportation in all European countries. 

Dr Kubal is currently working on two book projects with Cambridge University Press: a monograph from her Russian migration research entitled Immigration and Refugee Law in Russia: Socio-legal and Comparative Perspectives, and a volume co-edited with Marina Kurkchiyan on Sociology of Justice in Russia.



(contract signed) Immigration and Refugee Law in Russia. Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives, Cambridge: CUP

2012 Socio-Legal Integration. Polish Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom, Ashgate/Routledge, pp. 246 (Review by Karolina S. Follis, 2013, Slavic Review, 72(3), pp. 625-626)



2016 ``Entry ban as surreptitious deportation? Zapret na v'ezd in Russian immigration law and practice in a comparative perspective'' Law & Social Inquiry 41(4): in press

2016 ``Refugees or Migrant Workers? A case study of undocumented Syrians in Russia - LM and Others v Russia (ECtHR 14 March 2016)'' Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law, 30(4), pp. 266-283

2016 ``Exploring the Comparative in Socio-Legal Studies - Introduction'' International Journal of Law in Context, 12(4), pp. 377-389 (with Naomi Creutzfeldt and Fernanda Pirie)

2016 ``Spiral Effect of the Law: Migrants' experiences of the State Law in Russia - a comparative perspective'' International Journal of Law in Context 12(4), pp. 453-468

2015 ``Legal consciousness as a form of social remittance? Studying return migrants' everyday practices of legality in Ukraine'' Migration Studies 3(1), pp. 68-88

2014 ``Struggles Against Subjection.  Implications of Criminalization of Migration for Migrants' Everyday Lives in Europe'' Crime, Law and Social Change 62, pp. 91-111

2014 ``Exploring the Role of Inter-Wave Dynamics in Stagnating Migration Flows. Ukrainian migration to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands'' Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 12(3), pp. 274-292 (with Rianne Dekker)

2013 ``Conceptualizing Semi-Legality in Migration Research'', Law & Society Review 47(3), pp. 555-586

2013 ``Migrants' Relationship with Law in the Host Country. Exploring the Role of Legal Culture'' Journal of Intercultural Studies 34(1), pp. 57-74

2012``Migration systems, pioneer migrants and the role of agency'' Journal of Critical Realism 11(4), pp. 413-437 (with Oliver Bakewell and Hein de Haas)

2009 ``Why Semi-Legal? Polish post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom'', Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 23(2), pp. 148-164



2017 (forthcoming) Sociology of Justice in Russia, Cambridge: CUP (with Marina Kurkchiyan)

2016 ``Comparative Socio-Legal Studies'' Special Issue, International Journal of Law in Context, 12(4) (with Naomi Creutzfeldt and Fernanda Pirie)



2017 (forthcoming) ``In Search of Justice: immigrants’ experiences of appeal in the Moscow City court'' in M. Kurkchiyan and A. Kubal (eds) Sociology of Justice in Russia, Cambridge: CUP

2016 ``Introduction: Feedback in Migration Processes'' (with Oliver Bakewell and Sonia Pereira) in O. Bakewell, G. Engbersen, M. Lucinda Fonseca and C. Horst (eds), Beyond Networks: Feedback in International Migration, Palgrave, pp. 1-17

2014 ``Initiation of the RDS recruitment process: seed selection and role'' in: G. Tyldum, L. Johnston (eds), Applying Respondent Driven Sampling to Migrant Populations. Lessons from the Field, Palgrave, pp. 37-48