Konstantinos Kosmas Gaitis (LLB in Law - Ptychion from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh)
Thesis title: How is human trafficking regulated in the UK? A critical assessment of the UK’s response to trafficking based on victims’ narratives and professionals’ perspectives.
I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, doing my PhD in Law (Criminology Pathway) on a full-time scholarship by the Onassis Foundation in Athens, Greece. I have a first degree in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (obtained with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. I also have a significant level of working experience in law. I have worked as a trainee lawyer at the First Instance Court of Athens, managing cases of Criminal Law, Criminal negligence and road accidents. After successfully passing my Bar Exams in Athens, I went on to work as a lawyer for 2 years in Athens. During my first year I mainly dealt with cases of Civil, Criminal, Substance Dependence and Immigration law as a freelance lawyer, but also as an external collaborator with a number of lawyers and firms. I was then hired by Tsibanoulis & Partners law firm, one of the most prestigious law firms in Greece and member of the Meritas Law Firms global network, as an Associate Lawyer. I worked at T&P for a year, mainly dealing with cases of IP, Commercial, Company and Banking Law on a Greek, European and global level.
I have a first degree in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (obtained with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.
Responsibilities & affiliations
I am a lawyer in Greece and member of the Athens Bar Association since 2015. I am also a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Tutoring Introduction to Criminology and Introduction to Criminal Justice at the School of Law and also Social Policy and Society and Armed Forces and Society at SPS.
Delivering seminars on Victims and Restorative Justice for the Criminal Justice and Penal Process course for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
My research interests include human trafficking and modern slavery, moral panics, culture wars, Durkheim (anomie and collective effervescence), Christie's theory of the ideal victim, crimmigration law, social constructionism and gender gap.
Current research interestsHuman trafficking and modern slavery, moral panics and culture wars, collective effervescence, notion of the ideal victim, crimmigration law.
Past research interestsAnomie, voting rights of prisoners and disenfranchisement of specific categories of people in Western World democracies.
Affiliated research centres
My PhD research is entitled "How is human trafficking regulated in the UK? A critical assessment of the UK’s response to trafficking based on victims’ narratives and professionals’ perspectives" and I aim to hear more about the National Referral Mechanism ('NRM') from victims and practitioners, understand the problems of and examine the main criticisms levelled against the UK’s response system to human trafficking, assess the mechanism and suggest improvements. To do this I will also try to fulfil some secondary objectives, such as to present the legislation on human trafficking., see how the UK legislation is embedded in the broader European and international legislative context, find and understand the overarching images, notions and foundations and deconstruct dominant discourses in the UK policies (e.g. prevalent image of victims, traffickers, how is human trafficking presented and understood, how is the trafficking experience perceived etc.) and hear the actual trafficking experiences from the victims and compare them with the reality that the above policies, documents and laws have created.
The research will be based on documentary analysis, narrative interviews with victims and semi-structured interviews with professionals working within the UK regulatory architecture.
Current project grants
Full-time scholarship by the Onassis Foundation in Athens, Greece
Second annual conference of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland (PGRNS) entitled Prism: Investigating Gender through an Interdisciplinary Approach in Glasgow on 15/06/2018 to present my paper entitled “Social constructions and gender roles in human trafficking: Questioning the gender gap”
New Knowledge: Social Work Research Conference at the University of Edinburgh on 03/06/2019
“Social constructions and gender roles in human trafficking: Questioning the gender gap”
"How is human trafficking regulated in the UK? A critical assessment of the UK’s response to trafficking based on victims’ narratives and professionals’ perspectives"