Working Title: "The Merchant, the Prince, and the Land. A Brazilian Perspective on Transnational Land Deals"
Claire Debucquois is writing her dissertation on the legal and institutional architecture of the marketplace, drawing upon the case of land allocation and transnational land deals in Brazil. She works under the supervision of Professor Katharina Pistor, director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation at Columbia Law School.
Claire holds bachelor, master, and advanced master degrees in law, philosophy, and economics from several universities in Belgium and the Netherlands. She specialized in comparative and international law, and development economics. She has been a visiting scholar at Pantheon-Sorbonne University and the Max Planck/Sciences Po Center in Paris, and at McGill University in Montreal.
Before embarking on her doctoral research, Claire volunteered in the education and asylum aid sectors in Ecuador, the UK, and Italy, worked in the fields of public policy evaluation and migration law in Berlin, and interned with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. She was a researcher under the Belgian science policy program on foreign direct investment and supported the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food on issues related to land access and transnational land deals. She also acquired extensive fieldwork experience, mainly in Brazil, Madagascar, and Bolivia.
Her teaching experience includes a teaching assistantship at the University of Louvain for first-year law students, a guest lecture at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), and language tutorials at Columbia University.
Claire’s work has been published in several journals and presented at workshops and conferences in different European countries, as well as in India, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. She is the recipient of various grants and awards, including the Jacques Falys prize for the best master thesis at Louvain Law School, research grants from the Belgian Academy in Rome, the Camille Liégeois and Françoise-Marie Peemans grants from the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, and the Juan Celaya grant on globalization and law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law.
Last updated September 27, 2016.