Members of the clinic
Sara Aguiree is a PhD student at the Psychology Faculty of the ULB and a researcher at the Perelman Centre of Legal Philosophy. Her thesis focuses on the discrimination mechanisms relating to transgender people in the world of work from a psychology/law interdisciplinary perspective. She has a Masters in gender studies and contributes to reflections within the clinic with theoretical and methodological approaches on the transgender issue.
Joseph Damamme is a PhD student at the ULB’s Centre for European Law. His research concerns the process of striking the balance between the rights of handicapped people and the economic interests of companies. Within the Equality Legal Clinic, he is responsible for structuring the project on accessibility to the university. He has in particular worked on the Gherghina cases against Romania at the European Court of Human Rights, during which he sent a note to the Grand Chamber.
Sarah Ganty began a PhD thesis in October 2013 at the Centre for European Law and the Perelman Centre, under the supervision of Emmanuelle Bribosia (ULB – Centre for European Law) and Isabelle Rorive (ULB – Perelman Centre). Her research consists of a comparative analysis of policies for the civic integration of foreigners in Europe from the perspective of non-discrimination law. Sarah is also a member of Belgian ASBL (Association Sans But Lucratif or non profit-seeking association) for the defence of human rights. Within the clinic, she is responsible for supervising research relating to the field of ‘immigration and asylum law’.
Chloé Leroy is a student in the last year of a Masters in international law. She completed several internships in different law firms before deciding to gravitate towards the area of human rights and non-discrimination. Once she has completed her studies, she would like to work in the NGO sector. For her, the Equality Law Clinic is a dream opportunity to put her legal knowledge to good use and to move forward a cause that really matters to her and is an ideal first step for her in the NGO sector.
Camille Courtois obtained a trilingual BA in law at Saint-Louis University in Brussels before starting her Master’s course in public law at the ULB. For her, the Equality Law Clinic is an opportunity to make practical use of her knowledge of law and non-discrimination and in particular to keep learning. Enterprising and proactive, she is delighted to contribute to achieving progress in two big areas of work: improving the accessibility of the ULB for handicapped people and amending the law of 10 May 2017 concerning transgender people.
Tatiana Ghyssels is a student in the last year of a Master’s course in public and international law. She started this Masters at the ULB after three years at Saint-Louis University and a semester spent studying at the China University of Political Sciences and Law. This academic path gave her a strong interest in interdisciplinary work and comparative law. This interest, along with her sensitivity towards the area of fundamental rights and freedoms led her to consider the Equality Law Clinic as an internship that she is extremely enthusiastic about. In addition, the issues chosen by the clinic this year, namely non-discrimination of transgender people and non-discrimination of disabled people, are particularly appealing to her because of their stigmatising aspects and their low profile in citizens’ daily lives. She is therefore delighted to have the opportunity to work in depth on these issues and do to so under the auspices of the Perelman Centre of Legal Philosophy and the Institute for European Studies.
Rebecca Thissen, a student in her last year of law studies at the ULB, chose to do her Master’s course in public international law. Given her passion for human rights in all their forms, the clinic represented a unique opportunity for her to be able to put into practice theory and major principles in concrete and specific cases. After completing an Erasmus period of study at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) University in Rio de Janeiro and taken part in different projects in the favelas [slums], her interest in fundamental rights and non-discrimination law has done nothing but grow. Rebecca is also particularly engaged in the refugee cause this year and is in fact part of the board of a student association that gives refugees a first line of legal aid and precious information. Alongside that, she is also going to work in partnership with two specialised professors from the university and other students on specific files of refugees in the framework of another clinic. In the context of ELC, Rebecca has focussed in particular on gathering the testimony of transgender and intersex people.