Cecilia Rizcallah


Cecilia Rizcallah holds a master degree in public law from the ULB (2015, Magna Cum Laude) and an LL.M from the College of Europe (2016, Very Good).

In 2015 she obtained the Larcier Prize rewarding the Major de Promotion of the law promotion 2014-2015  (that she succeeded Summa Cum Laude) and was granted the Ganshof van der Meersch prize, awarded to students having demonstrated an outstanding quality of work in the fields of public law.

During her studies, Cecilia also did several internships, notably at the Belgian Constitutional Court and in national and international law firms (Linklaters LLP, Nauta Dutilh, Eubelius).


Research activities

Currently, as an FNRS research fellow, she is working on a PhD thesis related to the principle of mutual trust under the supervision of Pr. Emmanuelle Bribosia (Centre for European law) and Pr. Sébastien Van Drooghenbroeck (USL). Her thesis is entitled: “Mutual Trust: Corner Stone of the European Constitutional Area? Transversal and Critical Analysis of a Fundamental Principle of European Union Law”. She is attached both to the Centre for European law (ULB) and to the University Saint-Louis Brussels, where she works as a teaching assistant in Belgian Constitutional Law since 2015.


Teaching Practice

  • 2015 – … : Teaching assistant in Belgian Constitutional Law (2nd bachelor) at University Saint-Louis Brussels
  • 2015 – … : Coaching of the USL teams for the Constitutional Law Moot Court


European Law Practice

After finishing her Master degree at the ULB, Cecilia started a bilingual (EN-FR) LL.M at the College of Europe (Bruges). She followed, inter alia, courses related to EU constitutional law, EU external relations, EU competition law, the EU internal market, EU criminal law and EU social law.


European and International Criminal Cooperation: A Matter of Trust? CJEU (Grand Chamber), Aranyosi and Caldararu, 5 April 2016, Joined Cases C 404/15 and C 659/15 PPU – CJEU (Grand Chamber), Petruhhin, 6 September 2016, Case C-182/5

By Cecilia Rizcallah

The case note analyses the fundamental function trust in EU and International criminal cooperation by comparing the rulings held by the ECJ in the case Aranyosi and Caldararu in the framework of the European Arrest Warrant System and in the Lire plus

(Français) La protection des droits fondamentaux dans l’Union européenne : l’immuable poids des origines? Examen critique de l’existence et du fonctionnement d’un critère téléologique dans la détermination de l’applicabilité de la protection européenne des droits fondamentaux

By Cecilia Rizcallah (2015)

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Research Reports

Country report- non-discrimination – Belgium 2018

By Cecilia Rizcallah, Emmanuelle Bribosia (2018)

In the framework of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, Emmanuelle Bribosia and Isabelle Rorive wrote, with the collaboration of Cecilia Rizcallah, a comprehensive report on the implementation of non-discrimination European law in Belgium covering Lire plus