Raphaël van Steenberghe, F.N.R.S. qualified researcher and professor at UCLouvain.

Raphaël van Steenberghe graduated in law and philosophy from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) and holds an LL.M. in international law from the University of Cambridge (UK). He obtained a doctorate in law at UCLouvain and carried out postdoctoral research at New York University (USA), the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law (Switzerland) and Columbia University. Since 2014, he is a FNRS qualified researcher and professor at UCLouvain. He founded the International Law of Armed Conflict Team in 2016. His areas of expertise include public international law, jus ad bellum, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and human rights. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including "La légitime défense en droit international public" (Larcier, 2012) and "Le droit international humanitaire comme régime spécial de droit international" (Bruylant, 2013).


Jérôme de Hemptinne

Jérôme de Hemptinne is a guest lecturer at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain), as well as at the University of Lille, the University of Strasbourg and the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (ADH), where he teaches international humanitarian law. He is also a researcher at the ADH. His research covers several topics, including the protection of animals in times of armed conflict, the transformation of armed conflicts and the principles of individual criminal responsibility. He is also legal advisor to the United Nations for the establishment of an international tribunal in the Central African Republic (CAR). In this framework, he is working on the establishment of a tribunal to try the perpetrators of international crimes committed in the context of the conflict in CAR. Jérôme de Hemptinne has worked at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) as Senior Legal Adviser, at the United Nations Legal Division in New York and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for 9 years. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCLouvain and two LL.M. degrees in International Law, one from Cambridge University and the other from New York University (NYU). He is the author of numerous publications, including a book co-written with Jean d'Aspremont entitled "Droit international humanitaire", published in 2012 by Pedone.


Pauline Lesaffre, F.N.R.S. aspirant.

Pauline Lesaffre holds a Master's degree in law from UCLouvain since 2015 and an additional Master's degree in human rights and humanitarian law from the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) since 2016. She is currently a doctoral student at UCLouvain in international humanitarian law and has joined the International Law of Armed Conflict Team. Benefiting from a mandate as a F.N.R.S. candidate, Pauline Lesaffre now works on extraterritorial non-international armed conflicts. She recently completed a three-month research stay at the Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Visiting researcher, 2018). Pauline previously studied at the University of Sheffield (UK) through the Erasmus exchange programme and was the winner of the Jacques Falys Prize for best dissertation in 2015. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2016 edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition with her team from Pantheon-Assas University. Thanks to her experience, she now coaches UCLouvain students in their preparation for the Competition. She is also an assistant in public international law and co-organiser of the "War & Law" conference series.


Pierrot Chambu, Doctoral student - Development cooperation.

Pierrot Chambu Ntizimire holds a law degree from the University of Bukavu and two Masters degrees in international law and human rights from the Universities of Louvain (UCLouvain) and Saint-Louis-Brussels. Through his work as a judicial defender at the courts of the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal of Bukavu (D.R. Congo), he has gained experience in the judicial field. Benefiting from a UCLouvain development cooperation scholarship since 2014, Pierrot Chambu is carrying out doctoral research within the International Law of Armed Conflict Team where he is working on issues of detention of persons in non-international armed conflicts.

Aristide Evouna Evouna, Doctoral student - Development cooperation.

Graduated from UCLouvain in June 2014, Aristide Evouna is currently a doctoral student in the International Law of Armed Conflict Team. His basic training in human rights and humanitarian action focuses him on the themes of international peace and security, which he will study at the Catholic University of Central Africa (UCAC) as a teaching and research associate. A former Fellow of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa, he has carried out various consultancies for the Youth Department of the Science, Technology and Education Commission of the African Union. Since October 2016, he has been working on a thesis funded by a UCLouvain development cooperation fellowship on the commitments of armed groups under international law, in order to identify their legal regime.

Philippe Jacques

Philippe holds a trilingual Bachelors degree in Law (UCLouvain Saint-Louis Brussels), a Masters degree in Law (UCLouvain) and an LL.M from the University of Leiden. His interest in the law of armed conflict developed during his participation in the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition and the Frist Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition. He joined EDICA in 2019 as part of the management of the various MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) in International Law and plans to undertake a PhD thesis in the Law of Armed Conflict.