Stéphanie Leysen

RESEARCHER - BELGIUM

Stéphanie was born and raised in Antwerp, where she obtained a Master’s in International and European Law. After an exchange experience at the University of Westminster in London, she currently pursues her second LLM in Human Rights Law and International Conflict & Security at the University of Kent. Previous working experiences include a research internship at Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam, working as a legal assistant in a law firm focusing on European competition law and assisting at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UN in Geneva. Her passion for human rights – of which migration and refugee issues are an important part – and international humanitarian law is what has driven Stéphanie to become a member of IWB. She wants to use her academic background in EU and migration law to contribute to the IWB for Refugees project, which she believes is an important step towards achieving a better EU asylum policy.