Student event

Human rights thesis talks

Are you writing your Master’s thesis on an issue pertaining to human rights? Do you have concerns about any problems you may face? Have you wondered how others have overcome challenges in writing their thesis?

Join us for the first session of second Thesis Talk Series organised by the Student Advisory Board of the Centre for Fundamental Rights

In this first session, three Hertie School alumni who excelled at their theses, will discuss their experiences in writing theses related to human rights. The presentation of these will be followed by an open discussion.

The aim of the talk is to provide current students the opportunity for an exchange with Hertie alumni about their thesis and their experiences with writing it. By engaging with alumni, who have focussed on a wide variety of human rights issues across geographies and using different methodologies, we hope to inspire current students to engage with human rights issues. 


  • Liam Li wrote his thesis on “Containment over mobility? To what extend does the EU emergency trust fund for Africa support the ECOWAS regional freedom of movement regime?”. Liam is currently a project manager at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, leading the work in the Agricultural Supply Chains and Gender project as part of the Feminist International Cooperation Programme. 

  • Marina Monteiro Luna wrote her thesis on “Finding home away from home: the effects of migratory status on Venezuelan's access to housing in Latin America”. Marina is currently a Research Associate at the Latin American Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin, in a research project on the political economy of deportation of migrants around the world. 

  • Vartika Savarna wrote her thesis on “Age at marriage and inter-partner violence. A quantitative analyses of women's experience in India: evidence from India National Family Health Survey, 2015-2016”. Vartika is currently a Research Associate for Health Governance at the Hertie School. 


  • Shruthi Naik is a second year MPP student at the Hertie School. She is a lawyer by background and has worked extensively on judicial reforms policy and understanding issues related to access to justice in India. Her main areas of interest include access to justice and legal system reform.