From October 2008, Michèle was conducting PhD research as a Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Frank Maes (supervisor) and Prof. Dr. Eva Brems (co-supervisor). Her research dealt with the protection from arbitrary displacement in international law. Michèle Morel obtained in 2008 with greatest distinction the degree of Master in Law, option public international law, at Ghent University. She spent her last year, in the context of the European Exchange Programme, at Nottingham University in Great Britain, where she enjoyed a specialised education in public international law and human rights law, with specific focus on international refugee law. Her thesis dealt with the legal status of internally displaced persons on the one hand, and with the recent evolutions in the EU asylum policy on the other hand.