THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE IN FRAMING THE PRINCIPLES OF GLOBAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE AREA OF ASYLUM
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is rarely a focal point for discussion in matters of distributive justice within the European Union (EU) borders, let alone outside of them. Whether that is due to the lack of its perception as a political organ of the Union or the reluctance with which people accept that institutions lacking democratic legitimacy could be involved with questions of goods’ redistribution, is unclear. Yet, the ECJ does play a role in framing the greater redistributive justice discourse of the EU and the gap in academic scholarship examining this involvement proves fertile ground for research. Bringing together legal, political, and philosophical works, this study aims to rationally reconstruct the implicit theory of distributive justice the asylum jurisprudence of the Court appears closest to. In pursuit of its goal, it engages with the judgments of the ECJ and their wider political context, both before and after their delivery. It also presents existing theories of justice in order to trace the greatest alignment with the one supported by the Court.
Both the academic and societal relevance of this endeavor are difficult to argue against. Whilst at the academic level, this research will be filling out a void in scholarship examining the interaction of the ECJ with the concept of justice in EU asylum policies, at the societal level, this research will show how, if at all, the ECJ can be seen as a vehicle to allow for the evolution of instruments of the EU, which, due to their temporal location or the political compromise they resulted from, might not be up to the spirit of the time. In that vein, the independence of the ECJ might even act as a cure to concerns that policy might, in certain cases, be too much of a hostage to the political process.
Nov 2016 – Sep 2017 University of Geneva, Switzerland
Oct 2017 – Aug 2019 LUISS-Guido Carli, Rome, Italy
Sep 2017 – Feb 2018 Istituto di Affari Internazionali (www.iai.it), Rome, Italy
DEGREES AND TITLES
Master’s Degree in Law (LLM)
University of Copenhagen, Denmark 2016
Bachelor’s degree in English and European Union Law (LLB)
Queen Mary, University of London, England 2015
2015 – 2016: Legal Research Assistant at iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 – 2016: Volunteer Legal Counsilor at Refugees Welcome, Denmark
June 2015: Legal Intern at Nabas International Lawyers LLP, London, England
2014-2015: Student Legal Adviser at Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, London, England
Awards And Scholarships
- Languages Undergaduate of the Year Winner, EU Careers and TargetJobs 2015
- Client Interviewing Competition Winner, Queen Mary University Law Society 2015
- Expeditions Fund Awardee, Queen Mary Expeditions Fund 2014
- Raise and Give Honours Award, Queen Mary Students Union 2012 and 2013
- Silver Volunteering Award, Queen Mary Students Union 2012
- Margaret R. Sanders Award for Student Life, American College of Sofia 2011
- Merit-Based Scholarship Awardee: Yale IVY Scholars Program, Yale University 2010; and Oxford Tradition Summer School, Oxford University 2009
English (full working proficiency); Bulgarian (native); Turkish (bilingual); Danish (full working proficiency); French (intermediate); Spanish (intermediate); Italian (beginner).
- International Courts
- Global Justice
- Human Rights
- Refugee Rights
- Legal Rhetoric
Olsen, Henrik Palmer and Aysel Küçüksu. ‘Finding Hidden Patterns in ECtHR’s Case Law: On How Citation Network Analysis Can Improve Our Knowledge of ECtHR’s Article 14 Practice’. International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2017.