Portia Mbabazi Karegeya

Portia Mbabazi KAREGEYA

PhD Candidate
Doctorant Assistant, Centre for International Environmental Studies
Spoken languages
English, Spanish, French, Kinyarwanda



Portia Mbabazi Karegeya joined the Graduate Institute in 2023 to pursue a PhD in Emotions and International law where her work will be focused on stigma and shame in relation to infectious diseases and the role of global health law. She holds two LLMs, one from McGill University and the other from University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles) where she was a Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellow. Prior to joining academia, Portia also worked as a Judicial Law Clerk at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, as a contractor on legal and policy matters under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with the UN Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and as a as a Legal Officer for The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) based in Halifax, Canada conducting legal research and human rights advocacy with respect to freedom of expression and access to information. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.


Journal Articles


Human Rights, Gender, and Infectious Disease: From HIV/AIDS to Ebola, Human Rights Quarterly (HRQ), Volume 38, Number 4, November 2016
Co-Authors: Lara Stemple, Portia Karegeya, Sofia Gruskin
Published By: Human Rights Quarterly
Date: November 2016
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Current Projects


Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project grant
Title: ‘Emotions and International Law
Period: September 2023 – September 2027