New visiting researcher

The IEE-ULB welcomes Mr. Maurice Pascal Nzumbu lo Ambetima (contact: et Mr. Nzumbu lo Ambetima is a PhD candidate in Public, Comparative and International Law with a major in International Order and Human Rights at the Sapiens University of Rome, where he works under the supervision of Professor Francesco Battaglia.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from LUISS Guido Carli (2016) and a double Master’s degree in International Relations from the ULB and LUISS Guido Carli (2018).

Mr. Nzumbu lo Ambetima will be at the IEE-ULB from 14 September 2021 to 26 January 2022. Professor Chloé Brière will supervise his research stay.

His research at the IEE-ULB

The title of Mr. Nzumbu lo Ambetima’s doctoral thesis is “Genesis, evolution and prospects of the partnership between the European Union and member states of the OACPS (EU LAW)”. The dissertation is dedicated to the “Origins, evolution and perspectives of the Cotonou agreement” and falls within the scope of the IEE-ULB research theme ‘Europe in the World’. 

During his research stay, Mr. Nzumbu lo Ambetima’s research will focus on the partnership between the European Union and its member states, on the one hand, and member states of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, on the other hand. The research appears to be of the utmost importance since the new partnership is expected to be concluded by the end of the year 2021. While following this final process, Mr. Nzumbu lo Ambetima will discuss the new partnership with OACP staff and EU officials and exchange points of view on this topic with IEE affiliates.

How to become a visiting researcher at the IEE-ULB

The IEE-ULB regularly welcomes visiting researchers whose work focuses on its main lines of research.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications which must contain: an up-to-date CV, a research project highlighting the link to one or several of the IEE’s four research themes, the proposed research period, and the name of the IEE-affiliated professor who has agreed to act as the researcher’s supervisor.

Applications should be send to Prof. Ramona ComanMichela Arcarese, and Dr. Jozefien Van Caeneghem.

Decisions on visiting research applications are taken by the Council of the IEE, which gathers five times per year. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the dates are:

  • in 2021: 21 October 2021 and 22 December 2021
  • in 2022: 8 March 2022, 10 May 2022 and 23 August 2022.


For any questions about a visiting research stay at the IEE, please contact the IEE’s Research Logistic Coordinator, Dr. Jozefien Van Caeneghem.