Amélie Verfaillie is a Ph.D. Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center and the Institute for Legal History at Ghent University, with a scholarship of the FWO (Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Flemish Research Foundation).
She graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree in history at Ghent University. For her master’s thesis in history ““London Calling”: Amnesty International’s first lobbying work in Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territories (1968-1971). Exploring Amnesty’s pursuit of impartiality” she was awarded the first André De Smet Prize (2011) by Vrede vzw and AMSAB, the Flemish Archive and Research Centre for Social History, to support young researchers studying peace issues.
In 2014 she obtained a master’s degree in law, with the master’s thesis “Chained together? Amnesty International and the United Nations. Amnesty’s lobbying activities against torture and the death penalty (1961-1984)”. She also did an internship at Amnesty International Flanders.
As an FWO fellow she is currently preparing a PhD on the relationship between Amnesty International and the United Nations and its influence on international human rights law (1961-present).