Emma Gilligan

Ph.D., Melbourne; Associate Professor
OfficeWood Hall, Room 233
Phone(860) 486-3878
Fax(860) 486-0641

Areas of Specialty

20th Century Soviet History, human rights and genocide

Current Research Interests

War crimes in Chechnya, international human rights movements, contemporary Russian studies.


After completing her doctoral studies in Russian history at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Emma Gilligan was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Chicago from 2003-2006. During this time, she completed her book Defending Human Rights in Russia; Sergei Kovalyov Dissident and Human Rights Commisioner, 1969-96 (Routledge, 2004). This book traces the evolution of the Soviet human rights movement from the 1960s in Moscow to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It analyzes, in particular, the rise of Sergei Kovalyov, Russia's first human rights commissioner under the presidency of Boris Yeltsin and the impact of former Soviet dissidents on the discourse of human rights in the post-Soviet era. Her second book, Terror In Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Princeton University Press, 2009) examines the war crimes committed by Russian soldiers against the civilian population of Chechnya. The study places the conflict in Chechnya within the international discourse on humanitarian intervention in the 1990s and the rise of nationalism in Russia. Emma Gilligan is the author of articles for the Chicago Tribune, 'Why there is no Peace in Chechnya,' 2005 and 'US Loses High Ground on Human Rights', 2006 and the International Herald Tribune. She is a member of the Gladstein Committee for Human Rights and a joint hire with the Human Rights Institute. She teaches courses on the history of human rights and genocide after the Second World War.

Publications, Books

Gilligan, E. L. Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Princeton University Press, 2009)

Gilligan, E.L. Defending Human Rights in Russia: Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner 1969-2003 (United Kingdom: Routledge, 2004) (Reviews: The New York Review of Books, January 14, 2005, The Moscow Times, April 1, 2005, The Russian Review, May 2006, Slavic Review, June 2005, Sehepunkte 7 (2007), Nr. 9

Terror in Chechnya

Publications, Articles and Book Chapters

Gilligan, E. L “The Human Rights Ombudsman in Russia: The Evolution of Horizontal Accountability,” Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 32, Number 3, August 2010, pp. 575-600

Gilligan, E. L “The Story of Chechnya,”Journal of Human Rights,Vol 8, Number 4, 2009 pp 429-439

Gilligan, E. L. SBS World Guide. Entries; Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan (Sydney: Hardie Grant Books, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).

Publications, Newspapers and Magazines

Gilligan, E. L. “Challenging the International Criminal Court over al-Bashir,” Human Rights and Human Welfare Roundtable: December, 2009. Online journal at http://www.du.edu/korbel/hrhw/roundtable/index.html

Gilligan, E. L. “Proportional to Life” Human Rights and Human Welfare Roundtable, February, 2009. Online journal at http://www.du.edu/korbel/hrhw/roundtable/index.html

Gilligan, E. L. “Seeking Justice in Europe – Chechens at the European Court of Human Rights,” The Chicago Tribune September, (2005)

Gilligan, E. L. “Russia and Chechnya,” International Herald Tribune, March 9 (2005)

Gilligan, E. L. “Why there is No Peace in Chechnya,” The Chicago Tribune, September 5, (2004)

Gilligan, E. L. “Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism?” The Chicago Tribune, November 4, (2004)

Gilligan, E. L. Editorials, The Age, (2002), New Europe; Global Independent Weekly, (1999) The Melbournian (1995).

Publications, Book Reviews

Gilligan, E. L. Book Review, Chechnya: From Nationalism to Jihad, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007 by James Hughes, Political Science Quarterly Volume 124, Issue 1, Spring (2009)

Gilligan, E.L. Book Review, Russia’s Islamic Threat, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007) Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. 17 No. 1, Winter (2009)

Gilligan, E. L. Book Review, Conscience, Dissent and Reform in Soviet Russia,(London: Routledge, 2005) Slavic Review Vol. 65, No. 4, Winter (2006)

Gilligan, E.L. Book Review Human Rights in Eastern Europe: Law in its Social Setting, Australian Slavonic & East European Studies, Vol. 10, Number 1, 1996.

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