Joyce De Coninck (°1988, Oostende) holds a Master of Laws from Ghent University (2013, Magna Cum Laude), as well as an LLM in International and European Law from the Institute for European Studies – Free University of Brussels (2015, Summa Cum Laude). She subsequently obtained her PhD in law at Ghent University in July 2021 (currently forthcoming), which sought to determine whether it is possible to hold the EU legally responsible for contributions to human rights violations in the EU’s Integrated Border Management, or, whether systemic deficiencies in the applicable (international and European) responsibility framework prevent such determinations.
Prior to her position as an academic assistant and Ph.D candidate at the Department of European, Public and International Law at Ghent University, Joyce conducted research at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law for FreSsco – an EU mandated project concerning free movement of persons and social security coordination. In addition, Joyce was a junior associate at Pappas and Associates – a European law firm based in Brussels.
At Ghent University, Joyce coached the Jessup Moot Court team, the European Law Moot Court (ELMC) team and the Price Media Law Moot Court Team, while providing skills courses for public speaking, writing and research. In addition, she has provided lectures on EU law, human rights law and asylum and migration law at Ghent University (Ba., Ma., LLM), at Loyola University (Chicago) and is a part-time lecturer of EU law and EU migration law at the University of Amsterdam. In addition, Joyce coordinates the case law overviews for the Belgian Tijdschrift voor Vreemdelingenrecht, as well as case law overviews for the European Journal of Human Rights and embarked on a brief research stay at the European University Institute in Florence (IT).