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 coordinator 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.