Asylum and migration, EU integration, human rights law, legal mobilization
Luc Leboeuf is currently an associate of of Law and Anthropology Department. He initially joined the department in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher and subsequently, in 2020, became head of a research group affiliated to the Department and funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 work programme (grant agreement No. 870845). In that capacity he designed and lead the VULNER project, an international research initiative aimed at reaching a better understanding of migrants’ vulnerabilities and state practices designed to address them (www.vulner.eu). Leboeuf is also an adjunct professor in the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), where he teaches classes in migration law and EU law, and a lawyer (Avocat) at the Brussels Bar. He has held various teaching and research positions, including at the University of Antwerp, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.
In his work as a leagal scholar, Leboeuf relied on anthropological concepts, approaches, and research methods to identify, observe, and analyse the practices state actors employ when implementing state norms in the field of asylum and migration, how these laws and practices affect the lives and experiences of migrants and refugees, and how migrants and refugees use and mobilize these norms when exercising their agency.