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, India, and Israel and its implications for the Separation of Powers doctrine in these jurisdictions and theory.
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.