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Dr. Cathérine Van de Graaf

Dr. Van de Graaf completed her Bachelor and Master of Laws at the University of Antwerp (2014) as well as an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Lund and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (2017).
She was a junior associate at Xirius Advocaten, where her tasks consisted primarily of writing applications and preparing cases in various matters of constitutional law.

Her doctoral research took place at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Eva Brems. In this context, she conducted empirical legal research with a focus on procedural justice theory, perceived discrimination and Islamophobia which resulted in publications in the Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and Islamophobia Studies Journal.

In May 2021, Dr. Van de Graaf joined the team of Prof. Dr. Angelika Nußberger at the University of Cologne where she continues her research on various themes of human rights law and assists in the establishment of the Academy for European Human Rights Protection. She is one of the managing editors of Völkerrechtsblog and contributes regularly to the blog Stasbourg Observers and to the drafting of Third Party Interventions to the European Court of Human Rights.

Areas of research

  • human rights
  • empirical legal research
  • procedural justice
  • perceived discrimination
  • Islamophobia

Former professional positions

  • Doctoral Research Fellow, Human Rights Centre (Ghent University), Ghent (Belgium), 2016-2021

  • Junior Associate, Xirius Advocaten, Brussels (Belgium), 2014-2015

Publications