Clara Van Thillo

Clara Van Thillo is a PhD researcher and teaching assistant in international law at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. She is also a visiting teaching assistant at the University of Hasselt. At the Centre, Clara pursues a PhD on the role that UNHCR plays in the development of the international legal framework on statelessness under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. 
Prior to joining the Centre, she worked as an intern at the General Representative of the Government of Flanders to the United Nations in Geneva. She holds a Master of Laws degree, which she obtained from KU Leuven in 2021. Her Master’s thesis examined the prosecution of sexual violence against the stateless Rohingya in Myanmar before the International Criminal Court. She also studied one semester at the University of Barcelona in 2019.

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Julija Sardelić

Dr Julija Sardelić is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the KU Leuven International and European Studies Institute (LINES). 

Her research encompasses broader themes of citizenship and migration, but she particularly focuses on the position of marginalized minorities and migrants in Europe such as Romani minorities, refugees and other forced migrants, legally invisible and stateless persons. 

She is currently conducting the Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project entitled "Invisible Edges of Citizenship: Readdressing the Position of Romani Minorities in Europe". The project investigates the position of Romani minorities as citizens and migrants through the lens of citizenship studies. 
Before joining LINES, Julija was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Law and Social Justice (University of Liverpool), Max Weber Fellow (European University Institute) and a Research Fellow at the School of Law (University of Edinburgh).  

Julija previously published several papers on the position of Roma and the question of statelessness in the context of former Yugoslavia, such as: Romani Minorities and Uneven Citizenship Access in the Post-Yugoslav Space
 

 

Omar Othman

Omar Othman has been working to raise awareness of the challenges facing refugees and stateless people since arriving in Europe. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Methods of Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a Master’s degree in Management from Belgium. Born in Khan Younis, Palestine, Omar has organised and spoken at various university-sponsored regional and national events to improve their understanding of the complexities of asylum and statelessness in Belgium. His work touches on cultural, human developmental as well as legal dimensions. Principally, Omar seeks to find strategies for potential citizens to become healthy and dependable contributors to the society they are living within.

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Wout Van Doren

Wout van Doren is a Belgian lawyer specialised in migration, refugee and nationality law, with a particular interest in statelessness. He has concluded research and advocacy activities regarding statelessness in Belgium as a consultant for UNHCR's Regional Representation for Western Europe. He also teaches Human Rights Law at the Faculties of Law at the Universities of Leuven and Hasselt.