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Team: Our Team
Meet the Curiae Virides 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 responsible corporate behavior, access to justice, law and sustainability, international economic law and constitutional and judicial adjudication. 

You find her publications on  Orcid and ResearchGate.


Liliana Lizarazo-Rodríguez

Principal Investigator

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Daniel Alejo is an interdisciplinary PhD Researcher in the Curiae Virides project. He holds a Masters in Development Studies from University of Rome and a Masters of Science in Development and Globalization from the University of Antwerp.

Daniel co-authored a forthcoming publication in the Journal of Political Ecology and authored a Latin American briefing paper for Society for International Development.

In his research, he aims to analyze the socio-legal context and role of stakeholders and ecocentric networks in the transformation of human rights litigations into ecocentric litigations. His research combines different theoretical approaches, the sociology of law, political ecology and ecological economics, and uses mixed-methods in the analysis of the empirical data.


He is interested in post-development ideas and socio-environmental justice movements. He also loves practicing and watching sports including football, tennis and CrossFit. 


Daniel Alejo

PhD Researcher


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.

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


Ludmila Cieszkowsky Elias 

Ludmila (Milla) Cieszkowsky is a PhD researcher for the ERC Project Curiae Virides at VUB’s Brussels School of Governance. Prior to the VUB, Milla earned a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and an LLM in International Trade Law from the ITC-ILO at the University of Torino, specializing in both the economic and legal aspects of international trade. 

Milla has provided consultancy on trade matters for private firms and has been a regular consultant on trade remedies for the World Bank since 2009, where she also co-authored studies on the effects of trade on poverty in the EU regions and on the distortive effects of domestic subsidies on global trade. 

Her PhD research uses statistics and econometric tools to assess the effectiveness of transnational litigation in providing effective remedy to victims of GVC-related environmental damage. Her other areas of research interest are: CJEU preliminary reference procedure, prospectus liability claims and the attribution of jurisdiction in cases of pure economic loss.

You find her publications in the WBG eLibrary


PhD Researcher


Manoëlle Koninckx is a researcher in the Curiae Virides Project of the Brussels School of Governance.


She holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Legal Studies, Sustainable Development and Global Justice from the University of Antwerp.

Prior to this research position, she took part in diverse projects on justice in fragile contexts, mostly in the Great Lakes Region (Burundi, CAR, DRC) but also in the Sahel region and in Morocco. She futher worked on gender-based violence and on environmental conflicts.


Her main interests focus on: social and environmental activism, biodiversity conservation, greening of human rights, transformative justice, environment-conflict nexus and decolonisation. 


Manoëlle Koninckx


Associate Researchers
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Alice Lopes Fabris is an Associate Researcher with the Curia Virides research project. She holds a HORIZON-MSCA post-doctoral project “Mother Earth” at the Brussels School of Government, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, investigating the impact of environmental crimes and human induced disaster on cultural rights of indigenous and afro-indigenous peoples. The supervisors are L. Lizarazo Rodriguez and Doreen Montag from QMUL.

She holds a Bachelor Degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a PhD from Ecole Normale Superior Paris-Saclay (France). Her Ph.D. thesis dealt with ‘the notion of crimes against cultural heritage in international law’ (La notion de crime contre le patrimoine culturel en droit international), thesis published in 2022 by the Institut Francophone pour la Justice et Démocratie. She worked as Postdoctoral Researcher at UMR 7206 Eco-Anthropologie, at the CNRS/Musee national d'histoire naturelle investigating topics of ecocide and green criminology. 

Alice’s research is focused on the international protection of cultural heritage, reparation of damage to tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and the protection of indigenous’ and local communities' cultural heritage.

Alice Lopes Fabris

Associate Researcher


Kata Dozsa

Kata Dozsa is an associate researcher at the Curiae Virides project at the Centre for Environment, Economy and Energy. She is also part-time postdoctoral researcher within the SUST research group and will teach a summer course on Climate Litigation at Vesalius College. 

Her research focuses on intergenerational justice, children’s rights, public participation and climate change. She holds a PhD in law (University of Antwerp, 2021); an Advanced Master of Children’s Rights (University of Fribourg and Institute of Kurt Bosch); an LL.M (Pazmany Peter Catholic University); and a Master in Journalism (University of Szeged).


She held a postdoctoral status at the University of Antwerp Law and Development Research Group from 2021 to 2023. Between 2011 and 2018, she worked for the European Commission in various posts, such as press officer for Climate Action and later as policy officer for the rights of the child.


She is the author of the book “Children as Climate Citizens” (Routledge, 2023), and has numerous publications about children’s rights, the rights of future generations and climate change, including in the 2020 and 2023 editions of the European Yearbook on Human Rights. In 2022, she was awarded the Sustainability Research Award for her contribution to climate change policy-development in Belgium. 

Associate Researcher


Jérôme Vanwelde

Jérôme Vanwelde is a Researcher at the Centre for Environment, Economy and Energy (C3E) of the Brussels School of Governance (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and an Associate Researcher with the Curiae Virides project.

He holds a master's degree in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain and Université de Namur, and bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and in Economics and Management from Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles, where he also worked as a Teaching Assistant in Economics.

Jérôme collaborates on various projects within the 'Ecotrilema' line of research of the C3E, including Curiae Virides. His research explores the dynamics of transnational ecological conflicts and corporate accountability from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining legal research with quantitative analysis.

Jérôme's other interests include Epistemology of Human Sciences, Analytical Philosophy and various topics of Environmental Economics.


Associate Researcher

Former team members

Afaf Rahim was a postdoctoral researcher at the ERC Curiae Virides project working on the mapping of ecological conflicts in Africa. She earned both her master’s and her Ph.D. degree in environmental economics and resource management from Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

Xavier Farré Fabregat was 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. He collaborated with the mapping of ecological conflicts.

Max Eriksson was a postdoctoral fellow at the Curia Virides project within the Brussels School of Governance. He collaborated with the case selection, mapping of actors, and the geolocation of the cases. 

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