Karina Shyrokykh, M.A.


Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Maria-Theresia-Straße 21
D-81675 München
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 1330


Impact of International Organizations on Human Rights in the Post-Soviet States


In my PhD dissertation I research if, how and under which conditions membership in international organizations (IOs) impacts human rights practices in the post-Soviet states. In my research, I apply socialization theory and incentive-based theory to research if, how and under what circumstances, policy recommendations and interaction between states have effect on human rights practices in the fifteen states. For this purpose, I conduct a mixed-method study: a time-series quantitative analysis will be conducted in a combination with a qualitative comparative case study of two states that have different human rights practices. The qualitative study is based on the open-ended semi-structured elite-interviews as well as content analysis of parliamentary hearings and legislative proposals. The research draws on IR, external governance and Europeanization literature.

My broad research interests include international and regional cooperation, human rights regimes and democratization. My previous research focused on international norms, namely it was focused on how and why international norms become adopted by organizations that are not directly relevant to politics. This research was tightly coupled with the discussion of human rights and theories of international cooperation.



Since November 2013

PhD candidate at LMU Munich, Graduate School for Eastern and South European Studies

September 2011 – June 2013

Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden): International Master Program in Political Science (with focus on global governance)

September 2009 – June 2010

Central European University (Budapest, Hungary):  Master Program in Nationalism Studies (with focus on identity and national movements)

September 2007 – June 2008

International Solomon University (Kyiv, Ukraine): Master Program in Philosophy (with focus on history of political thought)

September 2003 – June 2007

International Solomon University (Kyiv, Ukraine): Bachelor Program in Philosophy

Research experience:

January – June 2013: Stockholm University, Department of Political Science (Stockholm, Sweden)

Research assistant within the research area European human rights and European integration. Responsibilities: (a) data collection and analysis with a focus on international courts’ decisions and taken measures; (b) data collection and analysis on allocation of European structural funds; (c) attending seminars and workshops on IR

June – October 2011: Uppsala University, Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala, Sweden)

Research assistant. Responsibilities: (a) data collection and analysis for a dataset of the post-Soviet states’ situation; (b) editing of the book Bodin, P., Hedlund, S., Namli, E (eds.) Power and Legitimacy - Challenges from Russia; (c) planning and organizing conferences, applying for grants

January – May 2011: Uppsala University, Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala, Sweden)

Trainee. Responsibilities: (a) data collection and analysis for a dataset of the post-Soviet states’ situation; (b) assisting researchers with data collection and translations at the Centre

Additional Academic Experience

February 2014

ECPR Winter School on Research Methods in Social Science

April 18-19, 2013

Discussant at a workshop on the impact of the Eurocrisis on EU policy-making, panel on European Foreign   policy, Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)

March 2013

Giving tutorials on Human Rights and Foreign Policy within the course on Human rights at Stockholm University (undergraduate level) (Stockholm, Sweden)

November   2010

Transparency International course: Corruption – A Key Ethical Challenge. Course provided by Transparency International Sweden (Stockholm, Sweden)

Scholarships and Grants


Research and trip graduate grants from Central European University


Full Scholarship for graduate studies at Central European University


Graduate scholarship for academic excellence at International Solomon University


Undergraduate partial scholarships for academic excellence at International Solomon University



2013. Norm Diffusion in Sporting Organizations. The Case of Sport for Development and Peace

2010. Jewish Politics in Austrian Bukovina: Czernowitz Yiddish Conference 1908 (MA thesis)

Journal Articles

2011. “Why does Leo Strauss read the works of Maimonides? On the connection between modern and medieval political philosophy” Journal of Ukrainian Orientalistics, special issue on Jewish Studies.

Book Reviews

2012. In Defense of Liberal-Pluralism by Upendra Chidella, Parameshwar Rama Bhat and Vikram Singh Sirola. CEU Political Science Journal 7(1).

2011. Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy by Bonnie Honig. CEU Political Science Journal 6(2).



Karina Shyrokykh