Denis started his career in the Refugee-Law-Clinic Bochum, as a legal consultant. He is the author of several articles published by the Human Rights League of France. Denis has been a delegate for ELSA international NGO in the committee on enforced disappearances. He graduated from the Strasbourg University as a Master of fundamental Rights. Since then he is pursuing his second Master degree in Human Rights and international humanitarian law at the Pantheon-Assas university in Paris.
Forum Réfugiés- Cosi
Forum Réfugiés - Cosi works to protect the needs and promote the rights of all asylum seekers, stateless persons and refugees. The four main activities of our association are: reception and legal accompaniment of asylum seekers, integration through work and accommodation of refugees, medical and psychological accompaniment, and legal counselling in administrative retention centres. Forum Réfugiés- Cosi translates its practical work into policy and advocacy activities which aim at raising awareness about the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in France and Europe. Forum Réfugiés – Cosi has developed a strong experience and expertise with regards to legislative advocacy. It promotes protection-oriented legislative reforms and policy initiatives at the national and European levels.Forum Réfugiés- Cosi website
Guillaud Maeliss (Mae)
I am a French and New York licensed attorney. I studied one year in South Korea, earned a JD from Sorbonne Law school and completed an LL.M from UCLA. I helped a charity foundation to promote children’s rights in Bangladesh. I lived in Boston for 2 years and assisted an association in the field of sexual violence in civil society and in the incarcerated population. As a probono attorney, I helped underrepresented residents with cognitive impairments to access US citizenship. Finally, I am an active legal fellow of UnitedStateless, an organization promoting human rights for stateless individuals in the US. I intend to join the immigration committee of Lille bar and help people by providing free legal advice but also by supporting them on their journey to access citizenship. I have a strong interest in ethics and justice and wishes to further structural changes to prevent civil rights violations.
Rachel is a researcher specialised in the fields of citizenship and national security, and citizenship in France and the UK. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol in February 2020 for her comparative, socio-legal inquiry into the practice of citizenship deprivation in the context of France and the UK. She holds an MSc in International law and international organisations and an LLM in International law, both from the University of the Sorbonne (Paris 1).
Away from her research, Rachel was a research & policy volunteer for the ENS in 2018. During her volunteering, she helped with the launch of the statelessness Index and monitored legal/policy developments on various ENS campaigns. She also volunteered for the Human Rights League of Paris for 2 years, where she provided specialist legal advice, support and guidance to individuals applying for French citizenship and other immigration status.