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Eva Sevrin

Doctoral Researcher

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Eva Sevrin's Bio

Eva Sevrin is a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant in human rights law and migration law, under the supervision of prof. Koen Lemmens (KU Leuven) and her co-promotor, prof. Ellen Desmet (UGent). She is part of the MigrLaw research group at UGent, and Leuven Centre for Public Law at KU Leuven. Her PhD focuses on the position of irremovable persons in irregular residence, with a particular focus on human rights analysis. She also launched the podcast “‘t Zijn uw zaken wel” in 2022, in which the stories of the people behind ECtHR judgments against Belgium are narrated in an accessible manner.

Eva obtained her master’s degree in law from KU Leuven (Magna Cum Laude) in 2022. In 2018, she also obtained a master’s degree in Language and Literature (Magna Cum Laude). During her time as a student, she interned at various institutions and organisations. In 2021, Eva worked as a legal intern in the House of Representatives, where she collaborated on the bill to criminalise ecocide. Eva interned six months in 2020 for the human rights organisation Human Rights Watch.

During her undergraduate law degree, Eva was selected to participate in the course “Sexual Minority Rights in Africa” (University of Pretoria) in South Africa. She also participated in a variety of activities such as the Frits Kalshoven Moot Court, extracurricular seminars on Human Rights Advocacy and the Constitutional Court, and summer schools such as “Contemporary Challenges in Public International Law” (LSE) and “LGBT rights from a European perspective” (Radboud University). Eva also combined her studies with volunteer work to promote the social position of students. She co-founded the diversity platform Undivided, which allowed students with minority characteristics to contribute directly to KU Leuven’s diversity policy. She was also writer and editor of social affairs at Veto, the Leuven student newspaper.

Eva Sevrin's Publications

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Eva Sevrin's Professional Positions

  • Doctoral researcher, Department of European, Public and International Law MigrLaw Research Group (UGent) and Leuven Centre for Public Law (KU Leuven) (October 2022–ongoing)
  • Legal intern at the Belgian Parliament (February 2021- May 2021)
  • Intern at Human Rights Watch (September 2019 – April 2019)

Eva Sevrin's Education

University Degrees

  • Master of Laws: Research Trajectory, KU Leuven (Magna Cum Laude 2022) : Major: International and European Law – Minor: Public Law
  • Bachelor of Laws degree, KU Leuven (2020) : Honours student
  • Master of Arts degree in Western Literature, KU Leuven (Magna Cum Laude 2018) : Exchange program at University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Linguistics, KU Leuven (Cum Laude 2017)

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • Moot Court: 2021- 2022 – Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition KU Leuven team 
  • Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles: March 2021 – EU Environmental Policies & Law Module
  • University of Pretoria: February 2020 – Sexual Minority Rights in Africa Selected candidate by KU Leuven (Leuven Centre of Public Law, Human Rights Institute)
  • London School of Economics – LSE: Summer 2019 – International Law: Contemporary Issues (Grade: A) 
  • Radboud Universiteit: Summer course (2019) – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: a Human Rights Perspective

Eva Sevrin's Sideline activities/memberships

  • Co-founder UNDIVIDED: Student body monitoring diversity policies
  • Member Ius Commune Research School – Constitutional processes
  • Member ICON-S Benelux
Eva Sevrin's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 3th Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Secretariat: +32(0)9 264 69 09
Eva Sevrin's expertise
  • European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
  • Migration law and the return of irregular migrants


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