Maëlle Noir

Maëlle Noir

Maëlle Noir is an Irish Research Council PhD scholar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, under the supervision of Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko. Her PhD research addresses the question of gender-based violence against women refugees through an intersectional and decolonial feminist perspective, exploring the relevance of feminist lawyering as an alternative approach to legal practice in the Ugandan urban refugee setting. Maëlle has experience in advocacy and community research as she has been working for the past five years with several national and local civil society organisations in India, Ireland, France and Uganda.  She is also a part-time research assistant in a European Union Horizon project on democracy and policy. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from University of Galway and an LLB in Law and Languages from University of Bordeaux.

Thesis topic: Distilling practice into theory: feminist lawyering as an alternative approach to address gender-based violence against women in the Ugandan refugee context.

Name of supervisor: Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko

Scholarship / funding awards information: Irish Research Council Postgraduate scholarship 

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  • Noir, M., ‘Intersectional Analysis as a Framework of Action for (White) Feminist Activist Praxis: The Case of #NousToutes, the French Movement Against Gender-Based Violence’, Vol. 11(22) About gender, International Journal on Gender Studies, 2022, 109-144:
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