Dr. Christine Frison is a post-doctoral research fellow at the law Faculty of the University of Antwerp. She holds a Ph.D. jointly conducted at the Center for Philosophy of Law of the Université catholique de Louvain and at the Center for IT & IP Law at the KU Leuven, under the co-supervision of Prof. Olivier De Schutter, Prof. Tom Dedeurwaerderer and Prof. Geertrui Van Overwalle. Her area of expertise and research evolves around international environmental law in general and international biodiversity and agricultural biodiversity law in particular (food security, sustainable agriculture, fair and equitable sharing of the benefits deriving from the use of biodiversity, farmers’ rights, etc.). She develops a scheme to govern seeds as a global commons to reach food security and promote a sustainable agriculture.
Christine has been a consultant for various international organizations and governments such as the United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), 15 francophone African Countries' governments, Bioversity International (Italy), the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO, Italy) and the Belgian Federal Ministry of Environment. She also holds a LL.M from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in Public International Law, after carrying out university legal studies in France and the UK. She has worked as a Legal Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), based at the McGill University in Montréal (Canada) where she specialized in the field of international environmental law, biodiversity, biosafety and agrobiodiversity international law.