Laura Van den Eynde

photo laura 2014 Laura Van den Eynde is Doctor of the Science of the Law. After her law studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles, she attended the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice (Italy) and at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen. She also holds a degree from Stanford Law School which focused on socio-legal research. Her research analyses the relationships between human rights NGOs and jurisdictions. She investigates the influence these organisations have on judicial dialogue and focuses on the European Court of Human Rights, the South African Constitutional Court and the US Supreme Court. Her thesis, written under the supervision of Julie Allard and Emmanuelle Bribosia is entitled Interpreting Rights Collectively. Comparative Arguments in Public Interest Litigants’s Briefs on Fundamental Rights and was defended in November 2015. In 2015-2016, she teaches the courses « Comparative Law » at the Université de Mons and « Comparative Constitutional Law » at the ULB. Laura coordinates theEuropean Master in Human Rights and Democratisation for the Université libre de Bruxelles and is also an affiliated researcher in theHuman Rights Integration Project.  .

Research themes


Non-governmental organisations, human rights, judicial dialogue, comparative law

Title of thesis

Civil society and judicial dialogue in fundamental rights cases

Publications principales

  • "The multifaceted and crucial role played by NGOs at the European Court of Human Rights", Strasbourg Observers, 4 August 2014. Link to the blog post
  • "Same-Sex Marriage: Building an Argument Before the European Court of Human Rights in Light of the US Experience" (avec E. Bribosia et I. Rorive), 32 Berkeley J. Int'l Law. 1 (2014). Read article
  • "Le dialogue des jurisprudences comme source du droit. Arguments entre idéalisation et scepticisme », in Les sources du droit revisitées, sous la direction de Y. Cartuyvels, H. Dumont, P. Gérard, I. Hachez, F. Ost et M. Van De Kerchove, Facultés Universitaires Saint- Louis, Anthémis, 2013, pp. 285-315 (avec Julie Allard). Read article
  • « The Limited Locus Standi of Nongovernmental Organizations before the European Court of Human Rights: Why and How It Could Evolve », Law Journal for Legal and Economic Research, Special Issue on the 5th Annual Conference on Access to Justice, December 2012.
  • « Litigation practices of non-governmental organisations before the European Court of Human Rights », Awarded Theses of the Academic Year 2009-2010 of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, Italy, Marsilio Editori, 2011, pp. 245-363.
  • « Short Overview of the Litigation Practices of Non-Governmental Organizations before the European Court of Human Rights », European Yearbook on Human Rights, Neuer Wissentschaftlicher Verlag, Graz, 2011, pp. 539-548.
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