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Dr. Ruben Wissing

Senior Researcher

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Dr. Ruben Wissing's Bio

Ruben Wissing is a senior researcher at the Migration Law Research Group at Ghent University on the subject of refugee protection in Morocco, from a doctrinal international law, socio-legal and critical policy perspective. The research is supervised by promotor Prof. Dr. Ellen Desmet, Professor of Migration Law, and clustered at Ghent University with other migration studies by the interfaculty Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR), and with other human rights research by the Human Rights Centre.

Ruben studied Law in Leuven and Madrid (2004), and also holds a bachelor in Philosophy.  After practising as a lawyer specialized in migration and asylum law in Antwerp for three years, he worked for the then Flemish Minorities Centre (now the Flemish Agency for Integration), and then as a legal officer and policy coordinator at the Belgian Refugee Council (CBAR-BCHV) for more than six years.

He also was an independent consultant, i.a. as national expert for the Asylum Information Database (AIDA) of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), and worked at the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) in Brussels on the issue of migration detention. In 2017 he started up and coordinated the non-profit refugee law organisation NANSEN, in combination with the teaching assistant position in Migration Law at the Ghent University with professor Desmet.

Dr. Ruben Wissing's Publications

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Dr. Ruben Wissing's Professional Positions

  • PhD assistant 2024- ongoing
  • March 2018 – 2023: PhD researcher at Ghent university
  • May – December 2017: Coordinator, NANSEN vzw/asbl
  • January – December 2017: Academic assistant Migration Law, Ghent University
  • May 2016 – May 2017: Associate protection officer Detention, UNHCR Regional Representation Western Europe in Brussels (UNV position)
  • November 2015 – May 2016: Freelance consultant, BXL CONSUL (independent)
  • June 2009 – January 2016: Legal and policy officer, Belgian Refugee Council (BCHV-CBAR)
  • October 2008 – June 2009: Legal officer, Flemish Minorities Centre (VMC, Kruispunt Migratie-Integratie)
  • June 2004 – December 2007: Lawyer (barrister), law firm Kati Verstrepen, Antwerp

Dr. Ruben Wissing's Education

University Studies

  • 2018 – 2023: PhD candidate in Law Ghent University
  • 2003 – 2004 Candidate in Philosophy KU Leuven
  • 1999 – 2003 Licentiate in Law KU Leuven, Complutense University of Madrid
  • 1997 – 1998 Candidate in Law KU Leuven, Kortrijk Department (KULAK)


  • Doctoral School Ghent University, Hasselt University and VUB, ‘Qualitative data analysis with NVIVO 11’, by Prof. dr. D. Mortelmans, Ghent University, 19-20 June 2018
  • Doctoral School Ghent University, Hasselt University and VUB, ‘Developing interview questions and basic interview skills’, Hasselt University, 26 April 2018
  • Doctoral School Ghent University, Hasselt University and VUB, ‘Narrative Analysis’, VUB Brussels, 19-20 April 2018
  • European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), Annual General Conferences, Dublin 2012; Prague, 2013, Brussels, 2014, The Hague, 2015
  • UNHCR, Tilburg University, Global Forum on Statelessness, The Hague, 15-17 September 2014
  • European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL), ‘Reflections on the current application of the EU Asylum Acquis’, Dublin, 17-18 January 2014
  • UNU-MERIT, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ‘Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration Research and Policy’, Brussels, 8-9 April 2013
  • European Network on Statelessness (ENS), ‘Addressing Statelessness in Europe’, Budapest, 19-21 November 2012
  • Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), University of Oxford, ‘Palestinian refugees and Internaitonal Law’, 10-11 March 2012
  • Chaire W.J. Ganshof Van Der Meersch, Institut d’Etudes Européennes, ULB, ‘Principles of International Refugee Law’ by Prof. Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford, February-March 2011
  • European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA), ‘The Common European Asylum System: Ten Years On – Developments to Date and Future Challenges’, Vienna, 13-15 November 2009

Dr. Ruben Wissing's Sideline activities

  • Member of the council of the League for Human Rights (Dutch-speaking branch)
  • Member of the editorial board of the Journal for Aliens’ Law (Tijdschrift voor Vreemdelingenrecht)
  • Member of the board of non-profit organisations NANSEN vzw/asbl and Globe Aroma
Dr. Ruben Wissing's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Universiteitstraat 8, 1st Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Dr. Ruben Wissing's expertise
  • Migration Law
  • Human Rights
  • Refugee Law


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