Jozefien Van Caeneghem
Jozefien Van Caeneghem is a Belgian lawyer with in-depth knowledge of Belgian, EU and international law. She joined Milieu in February 2017 as a legal advisor, having previously assisted Milieu as an external legal expert. From 2011 to 2014, Jozefien closely co-operated with Milieu on FRANET, the multidisciplinary research network of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. In 2016, she and Nathalie Meurens, a Milieu colleague, co-wrote the study on obstacles to the right to free movement and residence of EU citizens and their families for the European Parliament LIBE and PETI Committees.
Before Milieu, Jozefien worked as a PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where she was a member of the Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism Research Group. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on ethnic data collection and positive action to fight discrimination and promote social inclusion of the Roma minority in Europe. Since 2013, Jozefien has been a member of the editorial board of the Flemish Journal for Human Rights (Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten). She interned with Reprieve in London, Amnesty International in Antwerp and the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations in New York.
Jozefien obtained her law degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, holds a LL.M in international and European Law from Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation and Universität Wien. During her law studies, she was an exchange student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for one semester. During her PhD, she spent one year at the University of California in Berkeley as a Hoover Foundation Brussels Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation.
As a student and PhD researcher, Jozefien carried out research on: mass violence and human rights; racism, ethnic discrimination and intersectionality; minority rights; personal data protection and the right to respect for private life; freedom to conduct a business; freedom of movement; international and European criminal law; stop and search and ethnic profiling. Her LL.M thesis covered the UN Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review (December 2008 session). In her E.MA thesis, she reviewed the situation of former Guantanamo detainees in Europe from a civil rights perspective.
Languages. Dutch, English, French