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Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib

Legal Clinic Co-ordinator

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Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's Bio

Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. Saïla is currently the co-ordinator and co-lecturer of the course Legal Clinic Human rights and Migration Law of the Human Rights Centre.

Saïla obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law (2005) at KULAK (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven campus Kortrijk) and her Masters degree in Law (2008) at Ghent University. In 2015, she obtained her doctoral degree at Ghent University with the doctoral thesis “Belief in Justice. Towards More Inclusivity in and through the Freedom of Religion Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights”. Her doctoral research was conducted within the framework of an ERC funded project called “Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability Through Better Legal Reasoning”. In her PhD thesis, she advances potential ways of improvement of the freedom of religion case law of the European Court of Human Rights, by using the social psychology notion of procedural justice.

In 2015-2016, Saïla conducted a study (pdf in Dutch) on national action plans against racism (NAPR) and racism and racial discrimination in Belgium in light of the adoption of a Belgian NAPR.

Saïla was the project manager of the Human Rights Integration project and a collaborator in the multidisciplinary project “Procedural Fairness in Local Approaches to Multicultural Conflicts”.

Saïla is one of the co-founders and a current co-editor of the blog Strasbourg Observers.

Saïla’s research interests include Human Rights Law, Diversity, Freedom of Religion, Procedural Justice, Inclusivity, Equality and Non-Discrimination Law and research methodology.

Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's Publications

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Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's Professional Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Centre – Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (12/2015 – 4/2016, 10/2016- Ongoing)
  • Associated Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre – Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (7/2015 – 11/2015 and 5/2016-9/2016)
  • PhD Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre – Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (11/2009 – 6/2015)
  • Attaché Judicial Disputes, Ministry of Interior, Raad voor Vreemdelingenbetwistingen (Council of Alien disputes), Brussels, Belgium (01/2009 – 10/2009)
  • Intern, Liga voor Mensenrechten (League of Human Rights), Ghent, Belgium (08/2007 – 09/2007)

Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's Education

University Degrees

  • Doctor in Law (Ghent University, 2015)
  • Master in Law (Ghent University, 2008)
  • Candidat (Kandidaat) in Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Campus Kortrijk (KULAK), 2005)

Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's Sideline activities/memberships

  • Co-founder and co-editor of the Strasbourg Observers blog
  • Member of the Ligaraad (Council of the Flemish Ligue of Human Rights) 2018 – ongoing
  • Member of editorial board Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten (Flemish Journal of Human Rights) 2010-2018
  • Co-author of Amicus Curiae Brief in the ECtHR case Lachiri t. België.
  • Co-auteur van Amicus Curiae Brief in de ECtHR Grand Chamber case S.A.S. v. France.
  • Member of faculty “Working Group Diversity and Gender” (Ghent University) 2010-2014
  • Member of advisory board on diversity Amnesty International Vlaanderen (2013)
Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 1st Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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  • Working Days: Wednesday and Friday
  • Office Hours: 09.00 h – 17.00 h
Dr. Saïla Ouald-Chaib's expertise
  • Human Rights Law
  • Religious Freedom
  • Cultural and Religious Diversity
  • Minority Rights
  • Procedural Justice
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Equality and non-discrimination
  • Research methodology
  • Legal Clinic work


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