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Katja Swider is an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Center for Migration and Refugee Law. Her research focuses on statelessness and other legal peculiarities of nationality status, with an additional interest in EU Constitutional Law. Prior to joining the VU, Katja worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia on an ESRC-funded project "Negotiating Brexit". Katja defended her PhD thesis entitled "A Rights-Based Approach to Statelessness" in 2018, at the University of Amsterdam. She worked under the supervision of prof. Leonard Besselink and prof. René de Groot, and was funded through an NWO grant within the "Mozaiek" tallent scheme.
Katja is passionate about teaching and innovation in higher education. She currently teaches in the Dutch Law Bachelor programme, the Law in Society Bachelor, and in the International Migration and Refugee Law Master, and supervises Bachelor and Master theses.
In addition to her work as a researcher and a lecturer, Katja is active in civil society and strategic litigation initiatives on statelessness and migrants' rights. She sits on the Advisory Committee Board of the European Network on Statelessness.