Field of Research: Social 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 addresses the social deficit in Europe in the context of austerity, with a special focus on Greece. Departing from a mere descriptive account of the facts, the analysis aims towards a more conceptual and systemic one. In order to do so, the thesis assesses the judicial practice of European and national Greek Courts and their crisis-related judgements. By highlighting the unexplored clash in constitutional control, at a domestic level in Greece, the analysis seeks to bring forward questions of constitutional pluralism and of the constitutionalisation of social rights. The thesis asks how social rights were adjudicated and delves into questions of subjectivity and constitutionalism. To that end, it assesses the relationship between liberalism and pluralism; it revisits and deconstructs key concepts such as legal centrality and the role and reason of the state. It further argues that an economic analysis of the law acted as the modus operandi in austerity cases. The analysis aims towards re-configuring a critical understanding of social rights within and beyond the financial crisis. It inquiries into the nature of social rights and suggests that social rights pertain to personal integrity and autonomy and have an individual as much as a collective dimension. It further challenges the concept of solidarity in the austerity context and defends an idea of solidarity that represents a fundamental constitutional principle of social justice. Ultimately, the thesis seeks to defend an autonomy-based critical theory of social rights from the standpoint of the affected individual in a, what is now already called, time of post-crisis legitimacy.