A new beginning!

The Institute for European Studies is pleased to announce that its Vice-President, Professor Emmanuelle Bribosia, has been sworn in before the King on 8 November 2021 to become a judge at the Constitutional Court. Emmanuelle Bribosia will replace the French-speaking judge François Daout who has retired. She is now one of the six judges appointed on the basis of their professional experience in law within the Constitutional Court. 

On behalf of the entire Institute community, we congratulate her and wish her every success in her new caree




Emmanuelle Bribosia obtained her law degree in 1994 with summa cum laude and her doctorate in law in 2000, again with summa cum laude, and was awarded the Alice Seghers Prize. She is vice-president of the Institute of European Studies of the ULB and a professor at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the ULB. Until her appointment, she was coordinating the Master of Specialisation in European Law.

Research activities

Her research activities have focused on international and European human rights protection with an emphasis on equality and non-discrimination law. She has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to these topics. As a participant in several networks of excellence, Emmanuelle Bribosia has pursued a number of pieces of research in international projects, in particular:

  • The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a User’s Perspective (Pôle d’Attraction Interuniversitaire, 2012-2017) ;
  • ‘Sous le signe du mérite et de la conformité culturelle. Les nouvelles politiques d’intégration des immigrés en Europe’ (Action de Recherche Concertée, Centre MAM, 2012-2017);
  • ‘L’étranger et l’autre à l’épreuve des transformations normatives et identitaires en Europe’ (Action de Recherche Concertée, Centre MAM, 2006-2011) ;
  • MEDIADEM: European Media Policies Revisited : Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems (EU, FP7, 2010-2013) ;
  • JURISTRAS: The Strasbourg Court, Democracy and the Human Rights of Individuals and Communities : Patterns of Litigation, State Implementation and Domestic Reform (EU, FP6, 2006-2009).

Emmanuelle Bribosia is also a member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field, from the Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group and of the ULB’s ‘STRIGES’ interdisciplinary research structure on gender, equality and sexuality.

In 2014 she founded the Equality Law Clinic with Isabelle Rorive.

She is a member of several editorial boards of international publications (Cahiers de droit européen, Journal européen des droits de l’homme, Revue belge de droit international) and co-supervises, along with Patrick de Fontbressin the ‘Droit et justice’ collection published by Anthémis.

Teaching activities

A Professor at the ULB, she has been in charge of the following courses given as part of LL.M. in European law, the Masters in law and the Masters specialising in international law: ‘Droit public européen’ (with Marianne Dony), ‘Intégration par le droit’, ‘Protection internationale et européenne des droits et libertés’, ‘Union européenne et droits fondamentaux’, ‘Approches juridiques des discriminations’ (with Isabelle Rorive) and ‘Droits fondamentaux. Enjeux juridiques et normatifs’ (with Justine Lacroix and Isabelle Rorive). Since 2007 and until her apppointment at the Court, she has been President of the teaching college for the LL.M. in European law and President of pedagogical coordination in European law.

She has been invited as a guest lecturer to other Belgian and foreign universities such as the University of Liège, Bologna University, the Academy of European Law in Treves, Montreal University, UQAM, California University – Berkeley or in public institutions (High authority for combatting discrimination, ombudsman – France).

References et credits

Picture © Belgian Royal Palace
Caption: Swearing-in of Professor Emmanuelle Bribosia, appointed judge at the Constitutional Court.