Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi

SciencesPo Rabat – International University of Rabat

Curriculum Vitae

Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi studied Political Science and International Relations at the Universities of Lyon II Lumière and Jean Moulin Lyon III in France. In 2016, she received her doctorate degree with a thesis on "Morocco's african policy under the reign of Mohammed VI" at the University Jean Moulin Lyon III, where she had already been teaching during her doctoral studies. In addition, Yousra Abourabi was Junior Research Fellow at the Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM) in Paris from 2015 to 2016. From 2015 to 2017, she was a visiting lecturer at SciencesPo Rabat – International University of Rabat, Morocco, where she is currently an assistant professor for Political Science and International Relations. Furthermore, she conducts research on African governance in the areas of climate change, gender and migration as a research associate at the Laboratoire d'Etudes Politiques et de Sciences Humaines et Sociales (LEPOSHS) at SciencesPo Rabat. Since 2017 she has also been a coordinator of a bi-annual conference on "African climate change governance". She is a visiting professor at SciencesPo Grenoble as well as a member of the Political Affairs cluster of the Economic, Social and Cultural Cluster (ECOSOCC) of the African Union and a member of the Academic Board of the Global Campus of Human Rights, an 

From May to July 2020 Assist. Prof. Dr. Yousra Abourabi was a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture" in Bonn.

Research project

"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.

Publications (selected)

  • «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 pp. 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.