Clara Van Thillo joined the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies as a PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant in International Law in September 2021. She is also Visiting Teaching Assistant at the University of Hasselt.
Clara pursues a PhD on the role of UNHCR with respect to statelessness under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. Her main fields of interest are statelessness, refugee law, human rights and diplomatic law. She is Teaching Assistant of the course 'The Law of International Organizations' and Coach of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. At the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, she works on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 'The European Union as International Diplomatic Actor'.
Prior to joining the centre, she worked as an intern at the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the United Nations in Geneva.
She holds a Master of Laws degree, which she obtained magna cum laude from the University of Leuven in 2021. Her Master's thesis examined the prosecution of sexual violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar before the International Criminal Court. She also studied one semester at the University of Barcelona in 2019.