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SHORT BIO

Dr. Saïla Ouald Chaib is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law (2005) at KULAK (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven campus Kortrijk) and her Masters degree in Law (2008) at Ghent University. In 2015, she obtained her doctoral degree at Ghent University with the doctoral thesis “Belief in Justice. Towards More Inclusivity in and through the Freedom of Religion Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights”. Her doctoral research was conducted within the framework of an ERC funded project called “Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability Through Better Legal Reasoning”. In her PhD thesis, she advances potential ways of improvement of the freedom of religion case law of the European Court of Human Rights, by using the social psychology notion of procedural justice.

In 2015-2016, Saïla conducted a study on national action plans against racism (NAPR) and racism and racial discrimination in Belgium in light of the adoption of a Belgian NAPR.

Saïla is currently the project manager of the Human Rights Integration project and a collaborator in the multidisciplinary project “Procedural Fairness in Local Approaches to Multicultural Conflicts”. Saïla is also a the coordinator and a teacher at the Human Rights Legal Clinic of the Human Rights Centre.

Saïla is one of the co-founders and a current co-editor of the blog Strasbourg Observers.

Saïla’s research interests include Human Rights Law, Diversity, Freedom of Religion, Procedural Justice, Inclusivity, Equality and Non-Discrimination, Refugee Law and research methodology.

WORK DETAILS

FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME Saïla Ouald Chaib

POSITION Postdoctoral Fellow

EMAIL Saila.OualdChaib[@]UGent.be

BLOG Strasbourg Observers

TELEPHONE +32 (0)9 264 69 11

WORKING DAYS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

OFFICE HOURS 09.00 h – 17.00 h

CONTACT HOURS On appointment

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Centre – Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (12/2015 – 4/2016, 10/2016- Ongoing)
  • Associated Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre – Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (7/2015 – 11/2015 and 5/2016-9/2016)
  • PhD Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre – Human Rights Law, Law Faculty, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium (11/2009 – 6/2015)
  • Attaché Judicial Disputes, Ministry of Interior, Raad voor Vreemdelingenbetwistingen (Council of Alien disputes), Brussels, Belgium (01/2009 – 10/2009)
  • Intern, Liga voor Mensenrechten (League of Human Rights), Ghent, Belgium (08/2007 – 09/2007)

EDUCATION

University Degrees

  • Doctor in Law (Ghent University, 2015)
  • Master in Law (Ghent University, 2008)
  • Candidat (Kandidaat) in Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Campus Kortrijk (KULAK), 2005)

TEACHING

  • 04-11-2016 Guest lecture at Ghent University, in Advanced Course of Human Rights Law: “Racism”
  • 29-04-2016 Guest lecture at Ghent University, in advanced Course Recht en Multicultiraliteit (Law and Multiculturalism): “Racism”
  • 15-04-2016 Guest lecture at Ghent University, in advanced Course Recht en Multicultiraliteit (Law and Multiculturalism): Prohibitions on religious signs in Belgium
  • 04-04-2014 Guest lecture at Ghent University, in Advanced Course Law and Gender: “Prohibitions on the wearing of the hijab in Belgium”
  • 25-10-2013: Guest lecture at Ghent University in Advanced Course of Human Rights Law: “Freedom of Religion”
  • 26-04-2013: Guest lecturer at KuLeuven, 1st Bachelor Criminology: “The Criminalization of Muslim Women in Belgium”
  • 16-11-2012: Guest lecture in Advanced Course of Human Rights Law: “Freedom of Religion”
  • 27-04-2012: Guest lecture at Ghent University, Advanced Course of Islam and Law: “De hoofddoek in België”
  • 20-05-2011: Co-lecturer at Ghent University in Advanced Course Law and Gender: “Hoofddoekenverboden in België”

SIDELINE ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Co-founder and co-editor of the Strasbourg Observers blog
  • Member of editorial board Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten (Flemish Journal of Human Rights)
  • Co-author of Amicus Curiae Brief in the ECtHR case Lachiri t. België.
  • Co-auteur van Amicus Curiae Brief in de ECtHR Grand Chamber case S.A.S. v. France.
  • Member of faculty “Working Group Diversity and Gender” (Ghent University) 2010-2014
  • Member of advisory board on diversity Amnesty International Vlaanderen (2013)

EXPERTISE

  • Human Rights Law
  • Religious Freedom
  • Cultural and Religious Diversity
  • Minority Rights
  • Procedural Justice
  • European Court of Human Rights

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Brems, Heri, Ouald Chaib and Verdonck, “Head-Covering Bans in Belgian Courtrooms and Beyond: Headscarf Persecution and the Complicity of Supranational Courts”, forthcoming, Human Rights Quarterly, Fall 2017.
  • Saïla Ouald Chaib, “Racisme in België 15 jaar na de Durbanverklaring: tijd voor een interfederaal actieplan tegen racisme”, August 2016.
  • Saïla Ouald Chaib and Eva Brems, “Doing Minority Justice Through Procedural Fairness: Face Veil Bans in Europe”, Journal of Muslims in Europe 2 (2013), 1-26.
  • Brems, Eva, Janssens, Yaiza, Lecoyer, Kim, Ouald Chaib, Saila, Vandersteen, Victoria and Vrielink, Jogchum, “The Belgian ‘Burqa Ban’ Confronted with Insider Realities”, in Eva Brems (ed.) The Face Veil in Europe Inside and Out (2014).
  • Saïla Ouald Chaib, “Suku phull v. France rewritten from a procedural justice perspective: taking religious minorities seriously” in E. Brems, Diversity and European Human Rights: Rewriting Judgments of the ECtHR, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Brems, Eva, Janssens, Yaiza, Lecoyer, Kim, Ouald Chaib, Saila, and Vandersteen, Victoria, “Wearing the Face Veil in Belgium: Views and Experiences of 27 Women Living in Belgium concerning the Islamic Full Face Veil and the Belgian Ban on Face Covering” (2012), 4.5.
  • Saïla Ouald Chaib, “Zittingsdag op Jom Kipoer: geen inmenging in godsdienstvrijheid joodse advocaat”, De Juristenkrant, 2012, 7.
  • Saïla Ouald Chaib, “Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Improving the Legal Reasoning of the ECtHR” in K. Alidadi, M. Foblets and J. Vrielink, A Test of Faith? Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace, Ashgate, 2012.
  • Eva Brems en Saïla Ouald Chaib, “Gender in de multiculturele samenleving. Het genderdiscours in de debatten rond een hoofddoekverbod op Vlaamse scholen en een niqaabverbod op de Belgische straten” in E. Brems en L. Stevens (eds.), Recht en Gender in België, Brugge, Die Keure, 2011, p. 181-198.
  • Eva Brems, Saïla Ouald Chaib and Stijn Smet, “La conciliation des droits constitutionnels”, in Les droits constitutionnels en Belgique. Les enseignements jurisprudentiels de la Cour constitutionnelle, du Conseil d’Etat et de la Cour de cassation (M. Verdussen and N. Bonbled, eds), Brussels: Bruylant, 2011.

ALL PUBLICATIONS

All publications by Saïla Ouald Chaib are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, SaïlaOualdChaib@BiblioUGent.

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