In September 2019, Kalliopi Ioanna Skourtou started her PhD research at the Amsterdam Centre for International Law. Her PhD research is entitled “Transnational Corporations as Human Rights-Holders. A Critical Historical Analysis of International Law-Making”.
In her research Kalliopi will focus on the protection of transnational corporations under human rights law, adopting an interdisciplinary approach that combines perspectives from different fields, international law, critical historical theory and political science. Her main goal is to approach the creation of international corporate human rights under the auspices of historical criticism. By examining the post-World War II period, where international corporate human rights first surfaced, her study will identify the historical conjuncture linked to this questionable evolution of corporate human rights. By analysing the interplay between context-breaking events she intends to appreciate contingencies and reveal possibilities for different futures. Here, the historical knowledge will become contemporary, capable of producing insight and critique and thus link the past to the future.
Kalliopi studied Law at the Kapodistrias University of Athens and passed the aptitude test for the German first Bar State Exam in Berlin. After obtaining the admission to practice Law at the Rhodes Bar Association, she also studied the Master of International and European Economy Law of the LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität), focusing on international arbitration. She wrote her thesis on “Commercial and technical confidentiality, respectively special political or institutional sensitivity as an objection to document production”. Before starting her PhD, Kalliopi worked in several international and Greek law firms specialized in various fields of international and European law. Currently, Kalliopi is working for the European Asylum Support Office (“EASO”).