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Ellen Desmet

Assistant Professor
Ghent University

Ellen Desmet is an Assistant Professor of Migration Law at the Law Faculty of Ghent University (Belgium). She teaches migration law, coordinates the migration law component of the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic, and co-lectures legal anthropology.


Until September 2016, Ellen was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University and at the Law and Development Research Group of the University of Antwerp. She was the Project Manager of the Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (UGent) and the methodological advisor of the Localising Human Rights research program (UAntwerpen).

Previously, Ellen worked as a Senior Research and Policy Advice Officer at the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (2010-2012), and she was a Substitute Lecturer in Anthropology of Law at the KU Leuven. She complemented her Law Degree with a Master in Cultures and Development Studies and a Master in Development Cooperation, and holds a PhD in Law from the KU Leuven (2010).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    asylum and migration law
    human rights, with a focus on children's rights and indigenous peoples' rights
    legal anthropology



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