Dorothea studied law and international relations at the Universiteit Antwerpen, the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After obtaining a master’s degree in law (2008) and an advanced master’s in international relations and diplomacy (2010), she received a European master’s degree from the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice (2011). Dorothea also worked as an intern at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva (2012). She is particularly interested in questions of human rights accountability and enforcement, legal reasoning, business and human rights, and European human rights protection.
Dorothea Staes is writing a doctoral thesis on procedures of reference to ‘external sources’ and of ‘cross references’, as applied by the European Court of Human Rights. Her research forms part of WP3 of the IAP Project, and is entitled: "External sources, soft law and cross-referencing to build bridges in the multi-layered human rights landscape". The thesis of Dorothea is supervised by Professor Isabelle Rorive (ULB), Professor Emmanuelle Bribosia (ULB) and Professor Sébastien Van Drooghenbroeck (USL-B).