Kate Karklina

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Kate joined the Doctoral program after completing an LL.M. in Human Rights from CEU in 2020. Before that, she studied in her hometown Riga, where she obtained LL.M. in International and European Law from Riga Graduate School of Law in 2018.

Kate's primary research interests reflect her previous academic experience that combines both international and human rights law. Kate is interested in topics that engage both fields, address their challenges and tensions, but above all she is focused on the workings of the legal notion of 'human dignity' in the context of international human rights law. In her doctoral project, Kate researches regional human rights jurisprudence in Europe, Africa and the Americas under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Markus Böckenförde. Her research deals with regional dignity jurisprudence of the three regional human rights courts of CoE, AU and OAS. With her project Kate hopes to contribute to dignity literature, where currently regional dignity jurisprudence has not been adressed as means to measure the emerging consensus on the meaning and content of the notion 'human dignity' under international human rights law.

Before joining CEU, Kate was a research assistant in the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights in Vienna, and carried out interships at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Prague Security Studies Institute.


B.A. in Diplomacy and Law, Riga Graduate School of Law (2016)
LL.M. in Public International and European Law, Riga Graduate School of Law (2018)
LL.M. in Human Rights, Central European University (2020)