Prof. dr. Ellen Desmet


Ellen Desmet

Ellen Desmet is an Associate Professor of Migration Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. She founded and heads the Migration Law Research Group (MigrLaw). Her research is situated at the intersection of migration law, human rights and legal anthropology. She teaches migration law and ‘Law and Society’, and coordinates the migration law component of the Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic.

She is affiliated to the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR), the Human Rights Centre (HRC), the Human Rights Research Network (HRRN), the consortium Crime, Criminology and Criminal Policy (CCCP) and the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI).

Ellen Desmet complemented her law studies (KU Leuven) with a master in Cultures and Development Studies (KU Leuven) and a master in Development Cooperation (Ghent University). She holds a PhD in Law from the KU Leuven (2010) and previously held positions at the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre, the Law and Development Research Group of the University of Antwerp and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University.