Mariam Begadze is an SJD candidate in the Legal Studies Department (Comparative Constitutional Law stream) at Central European University (CEU). She holds an LLM degree in Human Rights from CEU. Her master thesis examined standards on freedom of expression and freedom of religion vis-à-vis claims for protection from offense to religious and secular feelings within the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and UN human rights instruments, as well as the interrelation of these claims in light of theories of justice (passed with distinction). Her current doctoral project examines health rights jurisprudence in Colombia, South Africa, and India and its implications for the Separation of Powers doctrine in these jurisdictions and theory. Currently, she is working as a research assistant to Professor Kirsten Roberts Lyer at CEU School of Public Policy for the research project: 'Building Resilience: Maintaining the Independence of State-based Institutions in Challenging Times'.
Before joining CEU, Mariam had worked as a strategic litigation lawyer in Georgia taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of Georgia on the issues concerning religious and sexual minorities, social and economic rights, and functioning of justice and law-enforcement institutions. She had been an invited lecturer and taught a master's course with her colleague titled Religious Freedoms and Principle of Secularism - Legal Perspectives at Ilia State University.
Judicial Agency and Legal Means in Judicialization of Politics, Eudaimonia – Journal for Legal, Political and Social Theory and Philosophy, 2020
Georgian Constitutional Agreement with the Georgian Orthodox Church: A Legal Analysis, Occasional Papers on Religion In Eastern Europe (OPREE), 2017