Mohamed Elsayeh is an Egyptian PhD candidate at Sciences Po Law School, working under the supervision of Professor Loïc Azoulai as principal supervisor and Dr. Élisabeth Anstett as minor supervisor. His doctoral research utilizes a legal anthropological approach to explore the reasons why EU law has thus far been unable to respond to the lack of identification and management of the corpses of irregular migrants who die at EU borders. The research situates the question of Europe’s ‘relationship’ to migrant corpses, as well as existing narratives, at the intersection of law and policy, socio-cultural attitudes towards migrants, as well as within a historical and postcolonial context. It notably draws on the treatment of corpses in contexts of mass violence and genocide as well as mass disasters and pandemics.
Mohamed designed and taught the Refugee Protection seminar course at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College (Paris campus). He has been a tutor at the Sciences Po Law School Clinic for the project entitled Tiers accompagnement à l’Office Français de Protection des Réfugiés et Apatrides. Mohamed is currently the Coordinator (Coordinateur du Groupe de recherche sur les migrations internationals) of the Migration and Diversity interdisciplinary collective at Sciences Po. He is also one of the organizers of the Law and Migration: Critical Discussions on Epistemology seminar series.
Mohamed held various positions at inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations prior to joining the Sciences Po Law School. He has extensive practical, community-based, academic and legal experience in the field of human rights more broadly and in migrant and refugee protection more specifically.
Mohamed holds a Master of Laws in International Human Rights from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The American University in Cairo.