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I have a first degree in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distinction) and a PhD in Law (Criminology pathway) both obtained from the University of Edinburgh. My thesis was titled ‘How is human trafficking regulated in the UK? A critical examination of the UK’s anti-trafficking response’.

Overall, I have over 15 years’ experience studying and researching crime, justice, human rights and other societal issues. My research interests include: criminological theories (Christie’s ideal victim/offender, Durkheim’s collective effervescence, theories of anomie, realism in criminology, social control and classicism in criminology); human trafficking; immigration; asylum; smuggling; organised crime; victimology, victims, trauma and vulnerabilities; human rights; culture wars; multiculturalism; state policymaking; and conflict of rights.

I have a strong interest in the interplay between Criminology/Criminal Justice and International Relations, Human Rights, Social Work, Politics and Philosophy. I have over 6 years’ experience with conducting empirical research in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Work using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

I work as a CPD Legal Researcher at the Law Society of Scotland, as a Tutor at the University of Edinburgh, while I am also a Scottish Justice Fellow.


Recent Publications

Gaitis, K. K. (2022). ‘Addressing the Trauma of Human Trafficking Victims in the UK’, IRISS. [online]. Available at: https://www.iriss.org.uk/resources/insights/addressing-trauma-human-trafficking-victims-uk.

Gaitis, K. K. (2021). How is Human Trafficking Regulated in the UK? A Critical Examination of the UK’s Anti-Trafficking Response. PhD Thesis. University of Edinburgh. Available at: https://era.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/38089.



University of Edinburgh & Law Society of Scotland


University of Edinburgh
Old College,
South Bridge,

Research Themes

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

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20th April 2022

Scottish Justice Fellowship Winners Announced