Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles


Joseph Damamme

Joseph Damamme holds an LL.M. (joint degree) from the Erasmus Mundus Program « European Law Practice » (Université de Rouen, France, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India, 2008-2010, obtained with “bien”, Cum Laude) and an Advanced Master in European Law (Master complémentaire en droit européen, Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (“IEE”), 2011, “Summa Cum Laude”). During his studies, he took part in Moot Courts (Concours Rousseau, 2007-2008 and European Law Moot Court, 2010-2011) and in a summer course on fundamental rights at Mykolo Romerio University (Vilnius, 2010).

He is currently a PhD researcher at the IEE where he was a research and teaching assistant (nov. 2012-sept. 2014). His PhD research benefits from the support of the French Community of Belgium (scholarship mini-ARC, 2014-2018).

Joseph is currently member of the advising team to Constantin Cojocariu, lawyer of the applicant in case pending before the European Court of Human Rights Răzvan Mihai Gherghina contre Roumanie (n° 42219/07). 

I - Research activities

Since 2012, he works with Pr. Emmanuelle Bribosia and Pr. Isabelle Rorive in the research and analysis of the case-law on equality and non-discrimination following an integrated approach (EU, ECHR, UN Committees and Economic and Social Committee of the Council of Europe) for the Columnist of the European Journal of Human Rights (editor: Pr. O. de Schutter).

His PhD focuses on conflicts between companies’ interests (as employer and good or service provider) and rights of persons with disabilities following an integrated (UN, EU and ECHR Law) and comparative approach (US, France and UK Law). This research, under the co-supervision of Pr. Bribosia (IEE-ULB) and Pr. Rorive (Perelman Center-ULB) is supported by the French Community of Belgium (“mini-ARC” scholarship).

II - Teaching activities

1) Institute for European Studies of the ULB
  • 2013-2015: « European Negotiation » (POLI 0-049) under the supervision of Prof. Crespy, course opened to all IEE students (master level)

          See for 2013-2014 (on gender equality):

          See for 2014-2015 (on regular immigration):

  • 2013-2014: Methodology (TRAN – O 618) for thesis, seminar for advanced master in European Law master.
  • 2012-2014: « Stage » DROI-0-621): supervising students for their internship report which must include scientific research aspects based on their professional experience.
2) COCOF (Commission communautaire française)
  • 2014: Training in “European organisations” (EU Law institutionnal and substantial Law) to COCOF and "Bruxelles formations" agents (33 hours).

III - Main publications

2015 :

  • « How can obesity fit within the legal concept of ‘disability’? A comparative analysis of judicial interpretations under EU and US non-discrimination law after Kaltoft (in English) (to be published in July 2015). See for the Journal’s website :

  • « Chronique en droit de l’égalité et de la non-discrimination », European Journal of Human Rights, 2, pp. 223-243, author of the section on « disability », (en français), in collaboration with Emmanuelle Bribosia and Isabelle Rorive.


  • Book review, European Yearbook of Disability Law (Intersentia, volume 4, 2013, 578 pages), edited by Pr. Lisa Waddington, Pr. Gerard Quinn and Dr. Eilionóir Flynn, Revue trimestrielle de droit européen, April-June 2014, p.13-14 (in French)
  • « Chronique en droit de l’égalité et de la non-discrimination », European Journal of Human Rights, 2, pp. 205-237, in collaboration with Emmanuelle Bribosia and Isabelle Rorive, available on cible+ (ULB research data-base) (in French)


  • « La socialisation de la notion de handicap en droit de la non-discrimination», Journal européen des droits de l’homme, 5, pp. 836-859, available on cible+

IV - European Law Practice

Trainee-Lawyer in an American law firm (2011) and Junior Lawyer at the General Court in the Cabinet of Mr Judge Van der Woude (2012), Joseph has practiced economic areas of EU law (Competition and State Aid Law), particularly in their interaction with European fundamental rights. Moreover, Joseph passed in 2013 the exam giving right to enter into Lawyer’s School in France (Centre de formation professionnelle des avocats), with honors (“assez bien”).

Member of the advising team to Constantin Cojocariu, lawyer of the applicant in case Răzvan Mihai Gherghina against Roumania (n° 42219/07) before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. In this context, he was in charge of identifying good practice in Europe aiming at ensuring physical accessibility to University buildings and legal remedies in case of inaccessibility. He drafted a note which was submitted to the Grand Chamber: “Accessibility to Higher education institutions across Europe, A prerequisite for the right to education on an equal basis” (available below).

Contact details

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Institute for European Studies-IEE

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Office 207 (1st Floor)