Katelyn Cioffi
Research Scholar, Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project

Katelyn Cioffi is a Research Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law, where she works on the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project and assists with the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Katelyn’s research currently focuses on the development of national digital ID systems, and their impact on social protection, human rights, and exclusion.

Katelyn has experience across a wide range of human rights issues, ranging from freedom of expression, social and economic rights, gender-based discrimination, and international justice. Prior to coming to CHRGJ, she worked in the Strategic Litigation Unit at Amnesty International, where she supported human rights litigation across various jurisdictions, including the United States, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She has also worked extensively with civil society organizations around the world on issues of transitional justice, human rights, monitoring & evaluation, and capacity building.

From 2018–19, Katelyn was a Fulbright Fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam, where her research focused on the role of emerging consensus and contestation in regional human rights systems. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School (cum laude), an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a BA in History from Brown University. Katelyn is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.



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