Emma Várnagy

Doctoral researcher

Emma Várnagy is a doctoral researcher at the Human Rights Centre. After finishing her BA studies in Sociology at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary), she obtained her MA degree in Human Rights at Central European University (Vienna, Austria) and LLM in Public International Law and European Law at Utrecht University (Utrecht, The Netherlands). She completed her traineeship in the Research and Data Unit of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna, following which she joined Amnesty Netherlands as a research assistant in its Police and Human Rights Program.

Emma participates in the multi-disciplinary iBOF project ‘Future-proofing Human Rights: Developing Thicker Forms of Accountability’ which seeks to identify a variety of avenues for achieving better human rights protection. She is also affiliated to the ERC-funded project ‘DISSECT: Evidence in International Human Rights Adjudication’. Her PhD research asks in which ways racial abuse may disappear from legal consciousness through lack or neglect of evidence in the ECtHR police violence case law. Her doctoral guidance committee consists of lead supervisor Professor Marie-Bénédicte Dembour (Ghent University) and Professors Tine Destrooper (Ghent University) and Angéla Kóczé (Central European University).