Dr. Biljana Kotevska joined EPI in a researcher role in August 2014. She moved on to be EPI’s external collaborator for the duration of her stay in Belfast (UK) for her PhD studies, and resumed her full time engagement with EPI as research coordinator upon her return, in October 2018. She has worked as a researcher for fifteen years for think–tank organisations in SEE, and as an expert and consultant for IGOs (EU, CoE and OSCE) and NGOs (mainly from Macedonia) on equality and non–discrimination, ESCR, NHRIs and minority rights. Dr. Kotevska is the non-discrimination and gender equality country expert on Macedonia in the European Commission’s Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-discrimination and in its predecessor network since January 2011. She is also part of EPI’s FRANET team which works on research for the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Dr. Kotevska has provided her expert support to important policy processes, most recently the drafting of the new Law on Gender Equality (2020) and drafting amendments of the Law on the Assembly and the Rulebook of the Assembly for a more gender-sensitive parliament (2021), and is currently working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Council of Europe on drafting the new National Action Plan on Roma Women.
Dr. Kotevska received her doctorate from the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast (UK) for her doctoral research “Equality and non-discrimination in the post-Yugoslav space: Intersectionality under law in Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia”, for which she was awarded the Special Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and the Civil Society Scholar Award by the Open Society Institute (London/New York). She holds an LL.B from the University ‘St. Cyril and Methodius’ (Macedonia), MA in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe from the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the University of Bologna (Italy), and an LL.M in International Human Rights Law (with distinction) from the University of Essex (UK). Dr. Kotevska has been awarded four competitive individual research grants and three competitive full postgraduate scholarships, including the Chevening Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is a member of several research centers and academic associations, including the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (University of California, USA), the Human Rights Center (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA).