Ioanna Tourkochoriti is a legal scholar working in the field of human rights, comparative law, international law, constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, philosophy of law, political and moral philosophy. She is currently a Wertheim Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School working on a book project comparing U.S. and E.U. Employment Discrimination Law. She taught at Harvard for the past six years and a half holding various appointments. Her most recent appointment was as a Lecturer on Law and Social Studies at the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University.
She received her PhD (in Law) from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - Paris, France. Her dissertation (743p.) was awarded the Highest Academic Distinction (unanimously, French/English defense). In order to finish writing it she spent two years as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. She received a Masters in Political Philosophy from EHESS - Paris, and an L.L.M. in Public Law from Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, France. She holds an L.L.B. in Law (4 year law degree) from Athens Law School, Greece. She has received a number of Fellowships and honors from the Greek State and the European Union.
She is the author of the book “Speech against Privacy and Dignity in France and the U.S.A., How Ideology Affects the Law” (under review), where she argues that the difference in the balancing of the two rights reflects a difference in the understanding of the role of the state concerning the definition of the content and the limits of liberty. She is also the author of numerous scholarly publications on freedom of expression, harm to self, human dignity, postmodernism and the law, as well as on issues of discrimination on the grounds of religion and disability.
As a lawyer she has handled human rights cases at the European Court of Human Rights. She has also served as an Investigator with the Greek Ombudsman (Human Rights Division). In this position she mediated in cases of complaints of the citizens against the government for violations of their rights and authored numerous reports proposing solutions to the Greek Government towards a more efficient public administration respectful of citizens' rights.
At Harvard University she has taught courses on human rights and constitutional liberties from a comparative and international perspective, as well as philosophy of law, social and political theory. She has received Teaching Excellence awards almost every semester she has taught at Harvard by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the Dean of Harvard College. She has also advised a number of senior thesis and served as a member of the Board of Advisors for Social Studies.