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Sibel holds a Master’s degree in European Interdisciplinary studies from the College of Europe and one from the Institute of European Studies of Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology. During her studies, she participated in the work of the Centre d’Histoire et de Sociologie des Gauches of Université Libre de Bruxelles as a trainee from July 2012 until November 2012. She later did an internship at the European Economic and Social Committee in July 2013.
After completing her studies, she worked as an intern at the Brussels office of the International Labour Organisation from September 2015 to March 2016, where she focused on the integration of migrants into the EU labour markets. In April 2016, she undertook a Bluebook traineeship at the European Commission, Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs, where she worked in the unit focusing on irregular migration and returns. From January 2017 to September 2018, Sibel worked as a researcher and communications coordinator on the DESIrE project, which aims at reducing trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Since October 2018, Sibel is a PhD fellow of the Flanders research foundation (FWO).
In the framework of her PhD thesis, Sibel is conducting research on the legal relevance and actual application of the political offence exemption meant to protect political offenders, using Bourdieu's theory on the state to understand the shift in the protection of political crimes.
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FWOTM906: Definitional uncertainties of political crimes in European extradition law: What is the impact on asylum law?
1/10/18 → 30/09/22
Prosecuting political dissent: discussing the relevance of the political offence exception in EU extradition law in light of the Catalan independence crisis.Top, S., 27 Apr 2021, In : New Journal of European Criminal Law. 12, 2, p. 102-127 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleFile12 Downloads (Pure)
Top, S., 11 Mar 2021, EJIL:Talk! - Blog of the European Journal of International Law.
Research output: Contribution to specialist/vulgarizing publication › Blog › SpecialistOpen Access
Castaño avoids a clash between the ECtHR and the CJEU, but erodes Soering. Thinking human rights transnationallyTop, S. & Hert, P. D., 28 Dec 2020, In : New Journal of European Criminal Law. 12, 1, p. 52-68 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleFile26 Downloads (Pure)
DESIRE Deliverable 5.1 Handbook on demand in the context of human trafficking for sexual exploitationTop, S., Weatherburn, A. (ed.) & De Hert, P. (ed.), 31 Jan 2019, 51 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportFile11 Downloads (Pure)
Top, S. & De Hert, P., Jan 2019
Research output: Non-textual form › Digital or Visual ProductsFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Sibel Top (Participant)1 Mar 2021 → 16 Mar 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in workshop, seminar
Sibel Top (Speaker)17 Mar 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation › Talk at a public lecture/debate