Cathérine Van de Graaf is a guest professor, affiliated at the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University. She completed her 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). Prior to joining Ghent University, Cathérine was a junior associate at Xirius Advocaten, where her tasks consisted primarily of writing applications and preparing cases in various matters of administrative and constitutional law.
At the Human Rights Centre, she contributed to an empirical study on the prohibition of the ‘burkini’ in local Flemish swimming pools and to the design of the Advanced Course of Human Rights as a guest lecturer and a teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. Eva Brems. For her doctoral research, she conducted empirical legal research with a focus on procedural justice theory, perceived discrimination and Islamophobia. With this research, she participated in the multi-disciplinary project ‘Procedural fairness in local approaches to multicultural conflicts’, which included researchers from the fields of human rights, psychology and sociology.
She contributes regularly to the blog Stasbourg Observers and to the drafting of Third Party Interventions to the European Court of Human Rights. In May 2021, she 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 establishing the Academy for European Human Rights Protection.