Laura Chemaly

Laura is a Phd student of Political Science at the Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ). She obtained a BA degree in Political Science from l’Université de Bruxelles and participated in a Erasmus Exchange with the University of Sussex in Brighton. She has a M.A. degree of European and European Legal Studies from the European College - Hamburg University and a M.A. of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from l’Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth in Lebanon. Both of her M.A. thesis’ focused on the European Neighbourhood Policy in the Southern Mediterranean and Lebanon. Her current research interest revolves around issues of refugees and forced migration in the Middle East; with a special focus on the role of local NGO’s in managing the Syrian refugee Crisis in Lebanon, their relationship with international actors (e.g. UNHCR, EU) and the Lebanese state. She joined different training courses and seminars concerning the issue of refugees and forced migration in the Middle East at the Saint Joseph’s University in Beirut, the American University in Beirut, the Oxford Centre for Refugee Studies and presented her Phd research project at international conferences, like at the Refugee Law Clinic - University of Giessen (November 2015), Science Po Aix en Provence (June 2016), University of Hamburg (September 2016), Harokopio University in Athens (July 2017). She works also as an independent political consultant. At the moment, she is engaged with the Migration Unit of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin in a project concerning the UN Global Compact on Refugees and Migration and the role of the Arab League in the negotiations. She is a research affiliate in the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) based in Lebanon.