Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi

SciencesPo Rabat – International University of Rabat

Curriculum Vitae

Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi studierte Politikwissenschaften und Internationale Beziehungen an den Universitäten Lyon II Lumière und Jean Moulin Lyon III in Frankreich. Im Jahr 2016 wurde sie mit einer Arbeit zum Thema “Morocco’s african policy under the reign of Mohammed VI” an der Universität Jean Moulin Lyon III promoviert, wo sie bereits während ihres Promotionsstudiums Lehrtätigkeiten übernahm. Von 2015 bis 2016 war Yousra Abourabi Junior Research Fellow am Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM) in Paris. Von 2015 bis 2017 war sie zunächst Gastdozentin an SciencesPo Rabat – International University of Rabat, Marokko, wo sie nunmehr als Assistant Professor im Bereich Politikwissenschaft und Internationale Beziehungen tätig ist. Als Associate Researcher forscht sie überdies am Laboratoire d’Etudes Politiques et de Sciences Humaines et Sociales (LEPOSHS) von SciencesPo Rabat zur afrikanischen Regierungsführung in den Bereichen Klimawandel, Gender und Migration. Seit 2017 ist sie Koordinatorin einer halbjährlich stattfindenden Konferenz zum Thema “African climate change governance”. Darüber hinaus ist Yousra Abourabi Gastprofessorin bei SciencesPo Grenoble, Frankreich, Mitglied des Political Affairs Cluster des Economic, Social and Cultural Clusters (ECOSOCC) der Afrikanischen Union sowie Mitglied des Akademischen Beirats des von der Europäischen Union geförderten interdisziplinären Exzellenzzentrums Global Campus of Human Rights.

Von Mitte Mai bis Juli 2020 war Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi Fellow am Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Recht als Kultur” in Bonn.


"The Normativities of Climate Change: Building New Legal Communities"

The current climate debate is part of the globalist and neo-liberal normative debate on the "end of politics", which calls into question the capacity of the state to respond to environmental risks and challenges. The main meaning given and globally accepted so far is that humans, in the era of the "anthropocene", are responsible for climate change. Within this anthropocene normativity, different prescriptive theories are being debated: that of green capitalism, responsible growth, eco-socialism, and degrowth. These theories participate in the construction of normative subsets, embodied by different epistemic communities in conflict. All these norms are sometimes validated or invalidated by other norms (religious, cultural, economic, political). Thus, the environment is generally considered as a concern of the economically developed countries of the North, as opposed to the weakly industrialized countries of the South. However, there are also normative demands politicized by young people in the South, linked to the feeling of belonging to a collective identity shared with other young people in the North. This was the case, for example, when young Moroccans, inspired by the environmental activism of young Germans, organized their first climate demonstration in Rabat in September 2019. More generally, climate change normativities have fostered the emergence of new legal communities, each participating in the construction of environmental law. These rights do not apply everywhere in the world, nor in the same way. Most of them emanate from the new "climate regime" under construction, defined as a universalist normative regime, yet criticized for its lack of consideration of global diversity, leading to a dedicated and differentiated approach. Yet global warming has the characteristic of being an issue that affects all societies, whatever their cultures, but whose stakes are localized and particular, making it a particularly complex subject.

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • «Le Maroc francophone: identité et diplomatie africaine», in Revue Internationale des Francophonies [En ligne], La F/francophonie dans les politiques étrangères, publié le: 12/12/2019.
  • Le Maroc, De Boeck Superieur, Louvain-La-Neuve, Avril 2019.
  • « Morocco’s Constitution: Country Report », in The Oxford Constitutions of the World, Oxford University Press (publication in May 2019).
  • “La nouvelle politique migratoire comme instrument diplomatique », dans Alioua M., Ferrié J.-N., Reifeld H. (dir.) La nouvelle politique migratoire marocaine, Publications de la Fondation Konrad Adenauer, 2017 p. 123-143.
  • «Penser les relations internationales africaines à travers l’étude des régionalismes», Critical review of the book: Daniel Bach, Regionalism in Africa, Genealogies, Institutions and Trans-State Networks, Abingdon, Routledge, 2016, published in Revue Française de Science Politique, 2017/5 (Vol. 67), p. 931-945.
  • with Durand de Sanctis J., "L’émergence de nouvelles puissances africaines de sécurité", Coll. Etudes, Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire, May 2016.
  • "Les relations internationales du Maroc", in DUPRET B. (and all.), Le Maroc au Présent, Centre Jacques Berque, Editions Ibn Saoud Foundation, Casablanca.