Senior lecturer, University of York

Dr Ioana Cismas is a senior lecturer at the York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights. Before moving to York, Ioana taught international law and international human rights law at Stirling Law School (2015-2017), was a scholar-in-residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law (2014), and a research fellow at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2009-2013).

Ioana provides legal and policy advice to various stakeholders. In 2013, she served as consultant to the UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. From 2009-2012, she was legal advisor to a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council.

Ioana holds a PhD in International Law (summa cum laude) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her book Religious Actors and International Law (OUP 2014) examines the rights and obligations of religious states and non-state entities under international law.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Stirling


  • 2012 
    The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, PhD in International Law