Marie Courtoy

Marie Courtoy

Ph.D Candidate, Associate

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Research Interests
Environment, climate change, mobility, migration, adaptation, resilience, planned relocation

Research Areas
France, Guadeloupe, Senegal


Marie Courtoy holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology and in Law (Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Belgium) as well as a Master’s degree in Law (UCLouvain, Belgium). During her Master’s studies, she carried out an exchange in Geneva and she received the best dissertation award for her thesis titled ‘Climate migrants: symptoms of a failing global governance of migration’ (in French). In January 2020, she started a PhD at UCLouvain with a grant from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), in partnership with the 'Law & Anthropology' Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Prior to her PhD, she interned at the European Court of Human Rights and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Belgium and Luxembourg Office) and she participated in a research project at the Catholic University of Bukavu. She is also active in the associative sector on various themes (migration, environment, North-South relations, human rights).

Why Law and Anthropology?

Within the Department, Marie Courtoy is a member of the “Environmental Right in Cultural Context” (ERCC) group led by Prof. Dirk Hanschel. Her research aims at understanding how broad legal principles related to the environment, including constitutional ones, are translated into the field sites she studies.

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