Clara-Lou Michal is originally from Paris, France where she undertook a Bachelor degree, at the Université
Paris Diderot-Paris 7, in History and English. She completed her Bachelor degree at the University of
Amsterdam (UvA), following an Erasmus Program. She further continued at the UvA with a Master of Arts
degree in Russian and East European Studies, from which she graduated in January 2017. During her MA,
Clara-Lou specialized in Russian foreign policy and Transitional Justice mechanisms in the State of
Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her MA thesis dealt with the complicated issue of Retributive Justice in BiH, with a
focus on a small local community named Žepa. In that respect, she undertook fieldwork in Eastern Bosnia
during the Summer of 2016.