Christine carried out legal studies in France and England, and obtained a complimentary Master in public international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She specialized in international environmental law by working both as a consultant for international institutions (UN-related) and national governments, as well as a legal research fellow at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Montréal (Canada, based at McGill University). She defended her joint-PhD entitled 'Towards Redesigning a Global Seed Commons' both at UCLouvain and KU Leuven (Belgium, under the co-supervision of professors Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Olivier De Schutter and Geertrui Van Overwalle), which analyses the intellectual property rights and collective action implications of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Christine currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO, 2017-2020) and is part of the 'Government & Law Research Group' of the University of Antwerp Law Faculty. She teaches 'International and European Environmental Law' at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and part of the 'Advanced course on International Sustainable Development Law' at the University of Antwerp (2018-2019).
Her publication list culminates with her latest books published by Routledge:
'Redesigning the Global Seed Commons. Law and Policy for Agrobiodiversity and Food Security', 1st Edition 2018, Christine Frison.
'The Commons, Plant Breeding and Agricultural Research. Challenges for Food Security and Agrobiodiversity', 1st Edition 2018, edited by Fabien Girard and Christine Frison.
Besides her personal research project, Christine is involved in several international or European projects and networks (Global Alliance for the Future of Food, LPTransition, Bioculturalis, etc.).
Christine speaks fluent French, English, Italien and is learning Dutch.