Anca-Elena Ursu

Research Assistant


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Politics and Crime
  • Migration


  • Sub Saharan Africa

Anca-Elena Ursu is a research assistant with Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. A legal professional by training, she works at the intersection of customary justice, local governance and irregular migration from the Sahel. 

Elena’s work strives to be disciplined by theory, informed by cutting-edge empirical efforts, and connected in a practical way to contemporary policy endeavours. She is passionate about building bridges between formal and informal structures of political and legal governance, while refining the tactics and offering constructive analysis that can help unlock the full potential of the regions she studies.

Prior to joining Clingendael, Elena has collaborated with a number of international organizations and European institutions in the fields of humanitarian affairs and justice. She counts among her top accomplishments being nominated a “Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader” for her academic work on Asia-Pacific security affairs. She is also a Trustee for Asylos, a Brussels-based NGO supporting asylum claims and country of origin information research.

My work



Conflict and Fragility

Under the microscope: Customary justice systems in northern Mali

26 July 2017 - 17:21