Field of Research: Human Rights Within and Beyond the Crisis: Debating Austerity, Constitutional Challenges and the Legitimacy Deficit in Europe
Kyriaki Pavlidou holds an LL.M in Human Rights from University College London, a two-year LL.M in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Law from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an LL.B from Democritus University of Thrace. She is a practising attorney and legal counsellor in Greece specialising in labour and social rights. She has previously worked at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels and held research assistant positions both at AUTH and UCL. During the year 2016 she conducted research as a Van Calker Scholar at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. Prior to that, she was awarded the Annual Visiting Research Fellowship from the Lucernaiuris Institute at the University of Lucerne for the year 2015. Kyriaki actively participates in the UNILUNetwork of Transnational Doctoral Research where she has presented her work on her other main research area which focuses on religious rights and issues of constitutional identity, subjectivity and legitimacy. She has undertaken additional study visits at the Humboldt University in Berlin, European University Institute, the Venice Academy of Human Rights, Birkbeck University London and the Bahçeşehir University. She is a member of the Hellenic League for Human Rights and was an Associate Editor of the UCL Jurisprudence Review for the year 2011-2012. Kyriaki’s research interests lie in the fields of philosophy, political theory, comparative constitutional law and the rights discourse, while she is particularly interested in feminist legal theory and critical approaches to law from a cross-cultural and transdisciplinary perspective.
Kyriaki’s research focuses on the legitimacy deficit in the context of the European crisis by taking into account concrete case-studies on the austerity measures brought before the European and highest and ordinary Greek Courts. It ventures to go beyond the short-term rhetoric of the economic crisis to the long-term assessment of the structural and philosophical foundations of the European multi-level constitutional and human rights architecture. To this end, it explores how legality and legitimacy interplay; it challenges the concept and state of emergency and assesses the constitutionalisation of social rights and conceptions of autonomy that are articulated by the Courts. Within this framework it compares the structure of constitutionalism in different jurisdictions and looks at how judges respond to the crisis and what are the implications of this practice. Departing from a mere descriptive account of the facts, the analysis aims towards a more conceptual and systemic one. In light of this it seeks to defend an autonomy-based theory of constitutionalism from the standpoint of the affected subject for the protection of human rights within and beyond the crisis.