External PhD candidate
Title research: Human rights of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees at sea.
Kristof Gombeer studied law (LL.B. 2011) and political science (B.Sc. 2012) at the University of Brussels (VUB) and philosophy (B.A. 2012) at the KU Leuven. He subsequently chose to specialize in international relations (M.Sc. 2013) at the London School of Economics and in public international law (LL.M. 2014) at NYU Law.
He gained experience at the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Bangkok and at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Brussels, where he mostly dealt with trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and maritime migration. During these years, Kristof also worked as a lecturer at the University of Brussels (VUB) where he taught courses on the methodology of international law.
Since the academic year 2016-2017 he is a Fellow of the Research Foundation, Flanders (FWO), working on a doctoral thesis at the University of Brussels (VUB) and the Leiden Law School (co-tutelle) on the extraterritorial application of the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the context of maritime operations in the Mediterranean. Kristof is also co-chair of the Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law of the European Society of International Law (ESIL/SEDI).