Academic Background

Dr. Katja Swider is a Senior Research Associate within the project ‘Negotiating the Future: the UK’s repositioning in Europe’, which investigates the negotiations between the EU and the UK in the context of Brexit. Previously Dr. Swider has been involved in a study for the European Parliament ‘The impact of UK’s withdrawal on the institutional set-up and political dynamics within the EU’.


Dr. Swider research interests include EU institutional law, European and international migration law, citizenship, statelessness, and human rights. She has defended her PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam on the topic ‘A Rights-Based Approach to Statelessness’. She holds an LLM degree in European Law from Leiden University and an LLM in Legal Research from Utrecht University.


In additional to her academic work, Dr. Swider regularly consults for the UNHCR, the EU, and the Council of Europe. She delivers educational trainings for personnel of international organisations, and provides expert advice on matters related to migration, statelessness, and EU law. Dr. Swider sits on the Advisory Committee of the European Network on Statelessness.   

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