Below you can find the specific research expertise of the members of our Research Group.
Water law Ecological damage and environmental tort law Acces to Justice
TechniqueStudy of legal documents (EU, international, Flemish and Belgian), study of jurisdiction and jurisprudence (EU, international, Flemish and Belgian)
UsersPolicy makers, NGOs
Water policy, Fundamental right, European community law, Internal law
De Somer Stéphanie
Expertise in Belgian and comparative administrative law in general and in the following topics in particular: - the law of administrative organization (autonomous public bodies, independent agencies etc.); - administrative decision-making and procedure; - administrative enforcement; - economic public law (regulation and public contracts); - planning law; - European administrative law and relation to national law.
TechniqueDoctrinal legal research. Qualitative methods (mainly in-depth interviews). Basics of statistical analysis of legal sources.
UsersFellow academics; practicing lawyers; courts; administrations; lawmakers; ondernemingen.
Administrative law, Comparative law
Fernandez de Aranguiz Ane
Expertise on European Social and Labour Law, with a particular focus on the social competences of the EU, the exercise of these in matters of combating social exclusion and the role of social fundamental rights.
TechniqueDoctrinal legal research and interdisciplinary research legal/social policy.
UsersScholars in social policy and EU law, policymakers, trade unions, NGO's, civil organisations and practitioners
Fundamental social rights, Labour law, Social law, Welfare initiatives, Human rights law, Eu law
Trust in governance; judicial behaviour; empirical legal studies; EU law; European integration; law & economics; qualitative and quantitative research methods.
TechniqueQualitative and quantitative research methods.
UsersResearch students, PhD students
European union law, Judicial politics, Judicial behaviour, Empirical legal research
Karl Hendrickx's research focuses on plain and correct legal language in different types of legal texts. He analyses the lexical and syntactic characteristics of legal letters, judgements, notarial deeds and legislative texts.
Technique- revision and rewriting of legal texts based on the plain language principles - supervision of studies in readability using the thinking aloud method - supervision of studies in readability using the plus-minus method
Users- lawyers, magistrates, bailiffs, notaries, legal consultants - politicians and public managers dealing with legal and government communication - law students
Communication skills training, Professional communication, Readability, Institutional communication, Legal skills
Sociology of Law Legal Aid Administration of Justice Housing Law and Housing Policy Urban Planning Fundamental Right to Housing Complaint Handling and Ombudsmen Social Work (and Law)
TechniqueDesk research Empirical Research Methods General experience
UsersPublic services Lawyers and other legal professions General Public
Vulnerable groups, Legal structures, Habitat management, Security deposit
My expertise can be described as public law in general, which includes constitutional law (state institutions, human rights and federalism) and administrative law (e.g. the Council of State). This expertise is not only limited to Belgium, but extends to Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States (and the Netherlands).
TechniqueMy most important research technique is the classical legal desk analysis. Moreover, I have performed qualitative (Nvivo) and quantitative (R-studio) research.
UsersMy target groups go from political policymakers to legal professionals and researchers. Also any citizen interested in (public) law can direct itself to my research.
Constitutional law, Outsourcing, Administrative law
Prof. dr. Freek Louckx is a lawyer with skills in multiple areas of law, who specialized in legal developments in the field of fundamental social rights, social security (social insurance and social assistance) and the organization of health care.
TechniqueProf. dr. Freek Louckx masters the skills for conducting fundamental descriptive and problem-solving analyzes of positive law, as well as for conducting comparative studies and more applied policy research.
UsersThe expertise of prof. dr. Freek Louckx can be useful for international, Belgian and Flemish governmental bodies, respectively non-governmental organizations active in the field of social security or health care, as well as for the judiciary and legal practioners.
Fundamental social rights, Health care, Social security
Legal consult, research projects and research and educational assistance on EU law and private international law.
Technique- Research and educational assistance based upon scientific research - Legal consult based upon scientific research - Scientific research reports
Users- Public - Private sector
European union law, European private international law, International private law, Conflicts law
Expertise in Belgian and comparative general administrative law, and more specific principles of good administration, administrative decision-making and procedure, protection against the executive and land use law.
TechniqueTraditional legal analysis (e.g. case law analysis of the administrative courts) Comparative legal analysis.
UsersAcademics, politicians, civil servants, lawyers, judges, law students ...
Law of evidence, Principles of good administration, Legal protection against the executive, Council of state
Legal issues related to interdisciplinary research which addresses the development, policy making and governance of the built and non built environment, based on a close collaboration between the Faculties of Law and Design Sciences within the open research forum "Metropolitan Legal Lab" (MLL - co-founder, 2014).
TechniqueLegal research and qualitative research methods in social sciences.
UsersScholars and private and public actors in the development, policy making or governance of the built and non built environment.
Urban development, Urban governance, Urban policy
Legal consult, research projects and educational assistance concering Tax law.
UsersUniversity research groups.
European tax law, Tax law, International tax law, Vat, Fiscal law
Publications, speeches, seminars, research project, educational assistance concerning tax law (especially: the repartition of tax powers in the Belgian federal state; general principles of tax law; local taxes; family tax law)
Local taxes, Repartition of tax powers, General principles of tax law, Family tax law, Tax law
Theorising and legal analysis as well as interdisciplinary research on (i) Belgian and comparative constitutional law in general, (ii) federalism and multilevel governance, (iii) constitutiuonal review and constitutional courts, (iv) constitutional values and principles: democracy and legitimacy, rule of law, legal certainty and legitimate expectations, and (v) legislative studies.
UsersScholars, students, journalists
Federal system, Constitutional law, Legislative studies, Democracy, Constitutional courts, Legal certainty
Theorizing, legal (empirical) analysis, and interdisciplinary research on (1) constitutional asymmetries, (2) (dynamic) federalism and multilevel governance, (3) constitutional values: (dynamic) legitimacy and stability, (4) constitutional principles: equality, transparency, and cohesion, (5) alternative conflict solutions, and (6) constitutionalism under extreme measures. Policy building and making based on scientific outputs: analysis, advice, recommendation, and consulting.
TechniqueQualitative (comparative) and quantitative (QCA, SPSS, JMP, R, NVivo).
UsersAcademics, researchers, and policy-makers in law and political science, interested in the fields of constitutional law, federal theory, multinationalism and minorities.
Dynamic federalism, Asymmetrical federalism
Van De Heyning Catherine
My research concerns the protection of fundamental rights, in particular rights the interaction between the European / international level of human rights protection and the domestic protection of fundamental rights. What is the domain of the national legislator / judge? Does European / international protection improve the protection of fundamental rights? How do these levels interact? Plus, how does this work in a digitalised world whereby cyberspace does not limit itself to national borders? In recent research I focus in particular on the impact of digitalisation on fair trial rights and the interaction from this angle. I researched issues as the use of retained communication data, the use of crossborder e-evidence, forced decyrption of devices, …
TechniqueIn my research, I apply an analytical approach to legal norms, case law and jurisprudence from a qualitative approach. However, in several project I applied as well quantative data mining, e.g. with regard to references to European courts or European and international legal sources.
UsersNGO's / IGO Judiciary and law enforcement Digital industry Media
Fundamental right, Rights of defense, Fair trial rights, Cybercrime, Human rights, European law, European criminal law, International criminal cooperation, Criminal law and procedure
Van de Vijver Anne
⚖️ My research focuses on tax law, ethics and psychology. What are tax justice and legitimate tax behavior from an ethical perspective? What are the drivers of legal decision-making and tax behavior? How does the legal framework translate ethical principles and fundamental values? 💡 I am also passionate about how to advance human reasoning #education #giftededucation #honoursprogrammes #thinkingstyles #intelligence #biases #creativity #neurodiversity #motivation #consciousness.
TechniqueDescriptive, explanatory, evaluative and normative legal research, comparative legal research, interdisciplinary research, qualitative empirical research.
UsersAuthorities, international organisations, EU, taxpayers, NGO's, tax experts
European tax law, Belgian tax law, General principles of tax law, Tax competition, Tax law, International tax law
Wouter Vandenhole is a human rights and law-and-development scholar. His research interests include children's rights, human rights, in particular economic, social and cultural rights, and the relationship between human rights law and development. For some years now, he has focused on transnational human rights obligations, i.e. the human rights obligations of new duty-bearers, and in particular on companies. More recently, he started to explore the conceptual implications of sustainable development for human rights law, and in particular the question of distribution.
TechniqueLiterature review; interviews
UsersI have multiple audiences, in particular students of law; practitioners and policy makers; and peers in the field of human rights; children's rights, and development.
Children's rights, Law and development, Human rights law
Research on the legal aspects of asylum and migration from the perspective of legal protection, human rights and EU asylum and immigration law.
TechniqueLegal-doctrinal research (analysis of legislation, case law and legal doctrine)
UsersLegislator, executive government and administrations, non-governmental organisations, interest groups.
Immigration, European union migration and asylum policy, Refugee law, Immigration law, Asylum, Constitutionalism, Human rights law
Constitutional law: fundamental rights and freedoms, federal institutions, state reform, judicial protection, multilevel constitutionalism
Techniqueclassical legal research methods
Userslawyers, politicians, journalists
My research concentrates on social rights of migrants. It concerns both EU citizens who make use of the right to free movement within the EU and third-country nationals coming from outside the EU. This research deals more specifically with the applicable European and international legal instruments and case law.
TechniqueDesk-top research of legal sources
UsersGovernments, judges, intrest organisations, citizens
Labour conditions, European social law, Labour migration
Roman Law and its reception, especially editions of medieval source material.
TechniqueReading books, articles and manuscripts.
UsersResearchers in Roman law and medieval (legal) history.
UsersInsurance companies, legal advisors, students, the media.
de Waele Henri
Law of the European Union
UsersLawyers, government officials, journalists
van Zimmeren Esther
Esther van Zimmeren has particular expertise in Intellectual Property (IP) law, in particular in patent law, IP governance, innovation policy, technology transfer, competition law, contract law, European institutional and economic law and international trade law. Many of her research projects and publications are interdisciplinary, e.g. collaborations with geneticists, economists, physicists, engineers, philosophers, artists, designers, architects, urban planners, librarians and social and political scientists. She also has a special interest in empirical research (surveys, intervieiws, case studies). She is one of the founders of the Metropolitan Legal Lab, which is aimed at creating a forum for legal topics related to the Metropolitan City and to enable interdisciplinary debate and collaboration in this area. In addition, she is coordinator of the University of Antwerp Centre of Excellence GOVTRUST and a member of the interdisciplinary Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ACTORE (Antwerp Consortium on the Organization of Rulemaking and Multi-level Governance in Europe) (in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences).
TechniqueEsther van Zimmeren employs legal analitical, intepretative and comparative research methods and has experience with qualitative and quantitative empirical research. For the analysis of survey results, she collaborates with colleagues from other faculties and disciplines, who have more experience and expertise in using different types of software.
UsersPolicymakers, legislators, lawyers, judges, companies in different sectors, research institutes and NGOs as to policy, legislation, implementation, interpretation and the development of strategies in the field of intellectual property, innovation and urbanity.
Intellectual property law, Innovation management, Patent law, Institutional design, Trust, Urban governance, New technologies, Multilevel governance