Université Libre De Bruxelles (ULB) Belgium

Barbara Truffin


Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where she teaches Legal Anthropology at the Law Faculty. She is President of the Centre d’histoire du droit et d’anthropologie juridique. She holds a PhD in anthropology (ULB), a Master of Social Sciences (University of Chicago), a Degree in Law and a Degree in International Law (ULB). Her research is based on an empirical approach to law and justice. She did her doctoral fieldwork on legal pluralism and indigenous rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon and worked on family justice and conflict resolution in Belgium and France.

Céline Moronçay


Fiona Argenta


PhD student at the Center of International Law, Fiona studied law at Maastricht University, the University of Cambridge and the ULB. She also holds an MA in Gender Studies from UCL. In her thesis, Fiona investigates how the discourse behind climate human rights articulates a specific and inadequate vision of humans. To rethink the subject of human rights, she mobilizes posthuman and new materialist theories that increasingly seek to recognize and valorize Indigenous worldviews. She is the beneficiary of a FRESH-FNRS grant.

Maïté Maskens


Lecturer in anthropology at the Laboratory of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds (LAMC) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her research interests include the anthropology of religion, affects, bureaucracy and mobility. She is currently working on the contemporary challenges – legitimacy, transparency and democracy – of the Brussel’s police organization. She is also developing alternative ways of writing anthropology through innovative methodologies (sound, audio-visual and graphic ethnography).

Markus Enk


PhD candidate who focuses on indigenous food systems through multimodal ethnography, using industrialized food as a starting point and the context of the urban fringe. He collaborates with the indigenous Apurinã living in the Caititu Indigenous Land, in the Brazilian Southwestern Amazonia. He is a Socioenvironmental scientist (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2016) holding a master’s degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Visual Ethnography (Leiden University, 2018).  

Nicolas Angelet


Professor of public international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Ghent University. He is also an attorney at the Brussels Bar and an associate tenant of Doughty Street Chambers, London, practising public international law. He notably specializes in international issues relating to climate change and international economic law. He is the director, jointly with Professor Helen Keller of Zürich University and Professor Barbara Truffin (ULB), of Réka Piskóty’s doctoral research on the protection of environmental human rights protectors in international law.

Odile Dua


PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the International Law Centre of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)She holds a master’s degree in public and international law (2018) from ULB and an LL.M. in European and international law from UGent (2019). Odile’s research focuses on the international responsibility of states for human rights violations caused by the activities of multinational corporations, including abuses linked to the value chain of agrobusinesses in the Amazon Region. 

Olivia Angé


Professor of anthropology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, she is the Principal Investigator of the ERC Starting Grant Seeds Values. She specializes in the study of agriculture, value creation, and relatedness in the Andes. Since 2014, she has been researching potato cultivation in Peru. She has also performed extensive fieldwork on barter fairs in the Argentinean cordillera.

Réka Piskóty


PhD international law student at the University of Zurich and the Université libre de Bruxelles. She studied at the Universities of Zurich (MLaw, 2021), Amsterdam (LL.M., 2020), Columbia Law School (Certificate in International Criminal Law, 2020) and Freiburg i.Ue. (BLaw, 2017). In her thesis, Réka identifies and analyses the protection regime for environmental human rights defenders in international law and explores new ways for its improvement. Indigenous peoples acting as environmental human rights defenders are given special consideration throughout her thesis. Her thesis is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundations’ Doc.CH funding instrument.

Romain Busnel


Postdoctoral research fellow at the National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS, Belgium). He is working on the activation of popular and subaltern practices during mobilization processes. His research is focused on the defence of coca in Peru and Bolivia and on migrant caravans on Mexico’s southern border.