Meet the team
Liliana Lizarazo-Rodríguez

Liliana Lizarazo-Rodríguez is a research professor at the Brussels School of Governance, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and principal investigator of the ERC project Curiae Virides.

Liliana studied Law at the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) and at the UNED (Spain). She also studied Financial Law at the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) and Development Studies and Public Administration and Management at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Liliana obtained her PhD at the Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law of the University of Ghent (Belgium).

Liliana is an expert in the areas of Business & Human Rights, law and sustainable development, international economic law and constitutional and judicial adjudication. She is also assistant professor at the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp (Belgium).

You find her publications on  Orcid and ResearchGate.


Liliana Lizarazo-Rodríguez

Principal Investigator

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Afaf Rahim is a postdoctoral researcher at the ERC Curiae Virides project. She earned both her master’s and her Ph.D. degree in environmental economics and resource management from Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

She has previously worked as a research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (Germany), research coordinator at Tufts University (Boston, USA), assistant professor at Marburg University (Germany), and postdoctoral researcher at Pretoria University (South Africa). Most recently, she was a visiting research fellow at UNU-CRIS (Belgium).

Her research expertise and interests are at the intersection of environment and development. Her recent research focuses on migration decision-making and the social and economic integration of immigrants. 


Afaf Rahim



João Teixeira de Freitas is a PhD researcher of the Curiae Virides project, studying how transnational ecological conflicts turn into lawsuits and the role played by courts in this context.

João has a bachelor's degree in Law from the Portuguese Catholic University and a master's degree in Transnational Law from Católica Global School of Law / King's College London, where he researched the legal regulation of transnational corporate accountability for human rights abuses.

Before joining the Brussels School of Governance, João worked independently as a public affairs and communications consultant for several Brussels based projects. In his free time, he dedicates himself to graphic design and music production.

His PhD research focuses on the theoretical (and empirical) foundations of value chain due diligence in transnational ecological conflicts.  


João Teixeira de Freitas

PhD Researcher

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Xavier Farré Fabregat is a PhD Researcher of the Curiae Viridies project researching about the socio-legal role of stakeholders and ecocentric networks in the transformation (and judicial resolution) of ecocentric disputes.

Previously, he has been a research assistant at UPF (Pompeu Fabra University) and an intern at INTERVICT (International Victimology Institute Tilburg). Xavier is a Political Science graduate from UPF, and obtained two LLMs from Tilburg Universiteit (with distinction) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

He is interested in how transnational sustainable law is performed in (the transformation of) ecocentric disputes. In his free time he likes doing sports and going to the movies.


Xavier Farré Fabregat

PhD Researcher