Dr Luis Eslava

Dr Luis Eslava is a Senior Lecturer in International Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL).

Luis teaches and researches in the areas of International Law, International Legal Theory and History, International Development, International Human Rights Law, Comparative Public Law, Anthropology of International Law, Global Governance and Global Political Economy, and Urban Law and Politics. Luis is an active member of the network Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL).

Bringing together insights from anthropology, history and legal and social theory, his work focuses on the multiple ways in which international norms, aspirations and institutional practices, both old and new, come to shape and become part of our everyday life, arguing that closer critical attention needs to be paid to this co-constitutive relationship between international law ‘up there’ and life ‘down here’.

In this spirit, his publications advance a series of new methodological parameters and applied case studies that aim to shed light on the simultaneously ideological and material, ground-level work that is done, each day, by international law, inviting the reader, in turn, to question what our response to it should be.

Luis is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School, an International Professor at Universidad Externado de Colombia, and a core member of the teaching faculty at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy.

Luis is also a Co-Director of International Law and Politics Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Association (LSA) and a member of the editorial boards of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development; the Latin American Law Review; and Contexto: Revista de Derecho Económico.

To read more about Luis’ research, you can visit his Beyond KLS page.

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Daniel Fiott

Daniel Fiott is a Visiting Lecturer at BSIS on the ‘European Foreign and Security Policy’ module. Daniel has also been a defence analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies since 2016, where he analyses European defence policy and defence industrial issues. Prior to this, he worked for four years as a researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) (2012-2016). At the VUB he analysed and lectured on various aspects of European security. From 2014-2016 he served as a fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). He was awarded this prestigious scholarship for his research on European defence industrial cooperation. In 2016 he was awarded the IISS’ ‘Palliser Prize’ for his work on EU-NATO cooperation. Daniel was educated at the University of Cambridge and the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

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Peter Claeys

Peter Claeys is an Assistant Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in the research group APEC. He obtained his Ph.D. at the European University Institute, and after a Marie Curie Fellowship at AQR, became an Assistant Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona. His work focuses on the econometric modelling of various aspects of fiscal policy, including the macroeconomic effects of government spending, fiscal consolidation, spillover of budget decisions, fiscal federalism and more generally the interaction between monetary and fiscal policies. He has worked on various projects on fiscal policy for the European Commission, the ECB, the OECD, the European Parliament, and the Spanish and Swedish government. He is coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master on Globalisation and European Integration, and Research Fellow at the United Nations University.

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Azize Sargin

Azize Sargin started reading for her PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in January 2017. Her research focuses on the impact the transnational engagements of migrants on their political integration in receiving states. Azize’s general research interests include migration, political transnationalism, political integration of migrants, Turkish foreign policy and European integration. Her research supervisors are Dr. Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels and Dr. Bojan Savic.

She has an MA degree in European Studies from the University of Birmingham and a BSc. in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Before starting her studies at BSIS, Azize worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey as a diplomat for 15 years.

She is currently a  teaching assistant for Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research (FDR).

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Laura Skillen

Laura started her PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2017. Her research examines how blame is instrumentalised as a political device by Eurosceptics in the EU, and its effect on audiences.

Prior to that, she was globe-hopping, working as a consultant and marketing/PR professional in Australia, in diamonds in Antwerp, as a teacher in Russia, and as a sailor in the United Kingdom.

She obtained her MA in EU External Relations from the Brussels School in International Studies in 2016, her BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of London’s international programmes (LSE) in 2010, and has further qualifications in management, project management, and teaching.

She is originally from Tasmania, Australia.

Laura is currently a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Dissertation and Research (FDR), International Relations Theory, and Negotiation and Mediation.

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Daniel Lopez

Daniel started reading for PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2017. His research focuses on the transnational conditions of possibility of the Colombian conflict. More specifically, he explores how a hegemonic international common sense on the agrarian mode of production – necessary for the reproduction of a particular world order – has been a vehicle for the origin and persistence of the conflict in Colombia.

He obtained his BA in Political Science at the Andes University in Bogota, Colombia and his MA in International Political Economy at the Brussels School of International Studies. He has also studied the use of qualitative methods in writing conflict scenarios at the National University of Colombia.

Daniel has done extensive field work in Colombia to collect information for the development and management of regional plans. He has also worked for the Organization of Ibero-American States to assist in the creation of Plans for Development with Territorial Approach (PDET) to implement the agreements of the Colombian peace process.

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Caitlin Marshall

Caitlin Marshall started reading for PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2017. Her research addresses how social media is used by stigmatized migrants for protection and political engagement. More specifically, her research focuses on LGBT migrants in the U.S. military and examines their hidden digital network. Policy makers often formulate policy without the voices of hidden, stigmatized migrants. Without jeopardizing their identity, these hidden migrants are evolving the ways in which they organize, cultivating hidden virtual communities through social media to overcome obstacles to voice their concerns and attempt to impact public policy.

She earned her BA in Political Science and her MA in Public Administration at Arkansas State University in the United States. Additionally, she obtained her MA in International Migration, with a secondary focus on Conflict Analysis, at the Brussels School of International Studies.

Caitlin has extensive experience with the U.S. military and she has served in joint operations with NATO allies in Eastern Europe.

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Paige Morrow

Paige Morrow convenes and teaches a masters-level course in corporate governance at the Brussels School of International Studies. She is also the Executive Director of the HEC-NYU EU Public Interest Clinic in Paris, which advises non-governmental organisations on EU law and policy. She was formerly the Head of Brussels Operations at the public interest law firm Frank Bold, where she specialised in corporate governance, company law and business and human rights. Paige is a Canadian-qualified lawyer who began her career advising and litigating in the areas of human rights, employment and commercial law at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. She has also held positions at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Kenya National Commission for Human Rights and the South African Legal Resources Centre.

Paige holds a Masters of Law from LSE, Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and a degree in international development studies from McGill University. ​Her current research focuses on corporate governance, business and human rights, and sustainable finance.

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Davide Pernice

Davide Pernice is a PhD researcher specializing in International Conflict Analysis at the Brussels School of International Studies. His research centres on why, how and if Israeli and Palestinian parties eventually engage into, or disengage from de-escalation processes spanning over multiple stages (softening-up, pre-negotiation, negotiation, etc.). He mainly focuses on the standardisable causal mechanisms that trigger and temporarily secure de-escalatory phases in the adversarial relationship between Israeli and Palestinian leadership. As conflict phases are not simply the result of random, contingent events, but rely primarily on the variable capability of decision-makers to control, drive, re-orient and manipulate strategies according to a sub-optimal set of considerations, Davide intends to compare analogous phases belonging to different conflict sequences. Dr. Yvan Guichaoua and Prof. Richard Whitman supervise his research.

Davide is also an EU official, a certified mediator and an experienced trainer in EU foreign policy. He received his MA in International Conflict and Security from the Brussels School of International Studies and his BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of London.



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Nicolas Desgrais

Nicolas Desgrais started reading for his PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2016. His doctoral research focuses on the regional cooperation of African states in combatting terrorism in the Sahara-Sahel region. More specifically, he looks at how the threat of terrorism fosters the need for increased regional cooperation and the way this cooperation is institutionalized in regional organizations like the G5 Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin Commission. Dr. Yvan Guichaoua and Dr. Toni Haastrup supervise his research.

Nicolas has already worked extensively on African politics in the Sahara-Sahel region during his previous studies and jobs. He obtained his LL.B. at l’Université Paris X and his MA in Geopolitics at the French Institute of Geopolitics (IFG), writing on the mediation of Burkina Faso in the Malian crisis, the involvement of France and other countries in the Sahara-Sahel region and extraversion strategies in Africa. While studying, he also interned for the African Department at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

He has worked at the Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM) and at the Defence Section of the French Embassy in Nigeria, where he focused on the military cooperation between France and Nigeria regarding counter-terrorism efforts against the Salafi-Jihadi insurgent group Boko Haram.

Nicolas has been a teaching assistant for Theories of Conflict and Violence and is currently a teaching assistant for Conflict and Security.

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