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Ms Maja Davidovic

Doctoral Research Student

MA in Human Rights (CEU)

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Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs  


Maja Davidovic began her doctoral studies at Durham University in October 2018. She is a recipient of the Durham Doctoral Studentship and is a part of both the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) and Law School.

Ms. Davidovic's ongoing doctoral research concerns guarantees of non-recurrence as applied in transitional societies. More precisely, for her dissertation, Ms. Davidovic is looking into how guarantees of non-recurrence are practiced and understood by transitional justice institutions and mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and whether these are in line with international law on non-recurrence. In addition to transitional justice, she is more broadly interested in reparations, gender justice, and empirical legal research.

Prior to coming to Durham, Maja worked as a field officer and researcher with migrants and refugees in Serbia. She was involved in a number of projects with different non-governmental organizations in Greece, Turkey, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina as a researcher, consultant and volunteer. Maja is a part of the OSCE Dialogue Academy Network that brings together prominent women from Kosovo and Serbia.

Maja has published academic articles on restitution laws in Serbia as well as on mother-activism in enforced disappearances cases. She has written several blog posts on current issues in Serbia and the region. 

As of 2019, Maja serves as a Research Officer in SGIA's Ph.D. Association and a PGR convenor of the Law and Global Justice research center. 

Research interests

  • Socio-Legal Research
  • Western Balkans
  • Human Rights Law
  • Transitional Justice

Esteem Indicators

  • 2018: Durham Doctoral Studentship:
  • 2017: Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (Central European University):
  • 2016: Central European University Master's Scholarship:
  • 2015: William W. McGrew Award for Excellence in History and International Relations (American College of Thessaloniki):