Magdalena Kmak is a Lecturer in International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki and researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. She is also a co-director (together with Dr Dorota A. Gozdecka) of the project Law and the Other in Post-Multicultural Europe. Magdalena’s research focuses on legal rules regulating administrative detention of immigrants. The overarching objective of her research project is to address the problem of increasing use of detention of foreigners and to explore the rationality behind the establishment and functioning of this institution as well as its intricate ties to the international human rights instruments. Her other research interests encompass international and European refugee and migration law, human rights, public international law, governmentality, new penology and nomadism.