Joséphine de Mévius
I got a master’s degree in public law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), followed by an additional master’s (LLM) in international environmental law and policy from the University of Kent.
I joined EQUAL in 2022 following my formal admission to the Brussels Bar in 2021.
At EQUAL, I am currently specialising in environmental law.
As shown by my academic, professional and personal background, I have always been dedicated towards the protection of the environment. It is this passion that informed my decision to study law. While I initially saw it as a tool, I rapidly came to appreciate the intricacies of my legal practice. I particularly enjoy finding the best solution to problems while giving due consideration to all the rules governing society. This intellectual approach is all the more stimulating given the major challenges of our time, such as growing inequality, climate change and loss of biodiversity.
I started by interning at Haumont & Scholasse Partners (HSP), a firm renowned for its expertise in urban planning law. There I assisted public authorities in the development or implementation of planning tools, as well as private individuals in the realisation of real estate projects, including wind farm installations. With the view of building on this solid base, I chose to join EQUAL, primarily due to their active participation in the social and environmental transition, a true cornerstone behind their philosophy.
At EQUAL, besides consulting and legal work, I am also involved in litigation. I especially appreciate the strategic aspect of some of the cases that the firm is working on. As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously said, ‘Real change, enduring change, happens one step at the time’, or rather one case at a time.