Alexia Katsiginis is a PhD candidate at Sciences Po Law School, under the supervision of Professor Helena Alviar. She has a master’s degree in Public International Law from the London School of Economic and Political Sciences, and a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
At LSE Alexia wrote her LLM thesis, awarded Distinction, on the complicity of personal narratives of suffering in the neoliberalisation of the human rights. In 2020 Alexia worked as a legal researcher to the Inspecting Judge at the Inspectorate for Prisons in South Africa, where she conducted research on penal reform in South Africa and prison abolition.
Her PhD broadly focuses on the relationship between human rights and emotions, and draws on CLS, TWAIL, and affect theory. Her research considers how emotions are implicated is producing the discursive boundaries of human rights. Alexia explores how the affective arrangements of human rights reinforce neoliberal ideological structures and prevent the discourse from meaningfully responding to the structural conditions that give rise to human rights abuses.