Karla Portilla

Karla joined Glasgow Caledonian University in October 2018 as a Lecturer in Social Justice and Employment Law. Before this she worked in Mexico at the Institute for Legal Research, the University of Strathclyde and University College London, Faculty of Laws, where she completed her PhD.

Karla has interest and experience working in the third sector, designing, delivering and evaluating prejudice reduction programmes and educational initiatives mostly funded by the Scottish Government. Themes include: guidance to the Equality Act 2010; hate crime awareness and third party reporting; mainstreaming anti-sectarianism into equalities; the evaluation of See Me, Scotland’s national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination; and Challenging Discrimination in Mainstream Media. The latter was a community development course based on Karla’s latest book, Redressing Everyday Discrimination. The weakness and potential of anti-discrimination law (Routledge 2016).

Karla is a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Law Society of Scotland; the International Network of Hate Studies; the International Media Lawyers Association; and the Socio-Legal Studies Association. Her publications and research interests include: structural discrimination, intersectionality, identity politics, multidimensional theories of justice, social movements, freedom of expression, hate speech, hate crime, critical, feminist, and socio-legal approaches, coproduction and action research.