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Gianna Eckert is a PhD student at the Law School and Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative with research interests across migration and asylum law, legal cultures and citizenship studies, comparative and human rights law.

Focusing on the UK and Germany, her PhD research explores legal cultures and their influence on the laws limiting the enforcement of removal decisions. Methodologically, her project adopts a multi-disciplinary approach, combining doctrinal analysis with empirical research methods to illustrate the 'law in action'. Her project is supervised by Prof. Diego Acosta Arcarazo and Dr Kathryn Allinson.

Previously, Gianna worked as a research assistant at the University College London on an ESRC-funded project examining SOGI asylum adjudication and the role of support organisations in this context. She was awarded the runner-up prize of the Border Criminologies Master’s dissertation competition for her thesis completed for the MSc in Global Migration at the University College London. Her thesis explored the system of statutory toleration in Germany through a novel analytical lens, combining political philosophy and Foucauldian concepts of biopolitical governmentality. 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Human Rights Implementation Centre
  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol


  • Migration
  • Citizenship
  • Comparative Law
  • Human rights
  • Asylum
  • International Refugee Law
  • Migration Studies


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