Michaël Merrigan is a PhD researcher and teaching assistant at the Leuven Institute for Human Rights and Critical Studies. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Law at the Catholic University of Leuven (2007), an LL.M. in Public International Law at Leiden University, The Netherlands (2009) and the European Master’s Degree (E.MA) in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice, Italy (2009). During his E.MA studies he also conducted research at the Irish Institute for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland.
Michaël participated in the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition (2007, Max Huber Award for highest team score) and was a legal intern at the Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten (Flemish Human Rights Journal).
As a teaching assistant he has taught tutorials at the University of Leuven, the University of Hasselt and in the framework of the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice, Italy. He was also a visiting lecturer at the summer school on sexual minorities organized by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is currently preparing a PhD thesis on the topic of fundamental rights and responsibilities in a democratic society, under the supervision of Prof. Paul Lemmens.