Aiden Tamasauskas is a multi-disciplinary student from Canada. His internship with EFHR will last for just over two months. As a Canadian of Lithuanian descent, he has come to Vilnius to observe, respect and contribute to a socio-cultural region that he has always been interested in. Aiden holds a master’s degree in Legal and Political Philosophy from Queen’s University and is currently pursuing his second M.A. in European and Russian Affairs from the University of Toronto.
During his time at Queen’s University Aiden began researching human rights abuses that take place during states of emergency. His research has led to a focus on the legacy of colonial violence and the instrumentalization of at-risk communities. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has recently funded Aiden’s research, and he hopes to gain crucial insights from his time spent at EFHR. By interning at EFHR he intends to deepen his academic concerns for structural inequality, political-legal violence against minorities, and the need for critical thinking in public policy, politics, and law. With one year left in his degree at the University of Toronto, Aiden is looking towards a degree in law.