Alexis Deswaef has been a lawyer at the Brussels Bar since 1994. He is co-founder of the Law Firm Quartier des Libertés (www.quartierdeslibertes.be) and was lecturer at the University of Leuven (KUL) between 2004 and 2009 on “Poverty and Human Rights”.
Since 2009, he has been admitted to the List of Counsel before the International Criminal Court (ICC). He has specialised in immigration law, criminal law and international humanitarian law.
In February 2007, he won the International Plea contest for Human Rights at Caen (France), defending a refugee girl who had spent 82 days in prison in Brussels before forced repatriation. In 2010, he obtained the condemnation of Belgium by the European Court of Human Rights concerning the detention of children.
From 2010, he carried out missions in Burundi for Lawyers without Borders (Avocats sans Frontières).
In 2012, he took part in a mission to Palestine and Israel. He published this experience in a book entitled “Israël-Palestine, au coeur de l’étau. 10 jours pour comprendre” (“Israel-Palestine, at the heart of the vice-like grip. 10 days to understand”). In 2017, he went back on a mission to Palestine and Israel to investigate on LAWTRAIN, the controversial collaboration program between the Belgian and Israeli police forces and universities.
From 2011 till 2018, he was the President of the Human Rights League in Belgium, member organisation of the FIDH.
Since 2018, he is the co-president of the Citizen’s Platform of Support of Refugees.
Since 2019, he is Vice-president of the FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights (www.fidh.org).