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Ilina Georgieva

PhD Candidate

Ilina Georgieva is a PhD candidate of the The Hague Program for Cyber Norms.


Ilina Georgieva is a PhD candidate of The Hague Program for Cyber Norms. In her research, Ilina is focusing on the capacity of intelligence agencies to propagate cyber norms by means of their conduct in cyberspace, and to thus shape the international community's perception of what is normal in cyberspace. For that purpose she investigates the agencies' normative power by looking into their practice of foreign bulk data collection.


Prior to joining the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Ilina served as a researcher on the Sweetie Project at eLaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. Her research encompassed a comparative legal study concerning the trans-border investigation of Internet sexual crimes against children. While at eLaw, she also co-authored a comparative study on data protection policies in eight different EU jurisdictions.

Before joining eLaw’s team, she worked as an editor at the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (October 2013 - September 2014). Ilina was also a part of Heidelberg University’s Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” (December 2012 - August 2013) and of the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (summer of 2012) in her capacity as a research assistant. From January 2009 to June 2010 she worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. She also served as a Senior Research Associate and later on as a Counsel for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) from September 2014 to October 2016.

Ilina is an alumna of Utrecht University, where she completed her graduate degree (cum laude) and specialized in Conflict, Security and Human Rights. Previous to that she studied at Heidelberg University, Germany, where she focused on Public International Law, and at the University of Barcelona, from where she holds an introductory degree in Spanish Law.

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