(updated until the summer of 2014)

Veerle Van Den Eeckhout (Belgian nationality) was born in Aalst (Belgium) in November 1967.

Since 1999, she has been domiciled in the Netherlands.

After Secondary School (Latin-Mathematics, +80%, Ranked First by Finish in June 1985), Veerle Van Den Eeckhout studied Law (Candidate level finished in June 1987, magna cum laude, Master level finished in June 1990, magna cum laude, top 1% students all options (class of 231 students), Ranked First students Option "Civil Law", Universiteit Gent, Belgium) and (in French) Sociology (Finished in June 1991, magna cum laude, top 1%, Ranked First, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium).

In 1997 she defended her PhD in  Private International  Law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium; promotor: Prof. Dr. H. Van Houtte)(at the University of Leuven, no grades are awarded for doctorates in law).

She worked at the Faculty of Law of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium as an assistant of Prof. Dr. P. Van Orshoven (October 1991 - December 1997, full-time), a doctor-assistant (January 1998 - September 1998, full-time) and a substitute-professor (October 1998 - September 1999; responsible for the course "Youth Protection Law", attended by students of Law, Criminology and Psychology). 

From October 1998 until December 1998 she also worked at the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism in Brussels, Belgium (full-time).

At the Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands, she has been working as an assistant professor in Private International Law (January 1999 - December 2000, full-time) and, since January 2001, as an associate professor in Private International Law (full-time, tenure). 

Since February 2007, she has also been appointed as a Professor ("Comparative and European Private International Law") at the Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium).

Veerle Van Den Eeckhout has been involved as an expert in several national and international projects (national projects such as the project coordinated by the Nederlandse Gezinsraad "Inventarisatie Juridische situatie allochtone gezinnen. Signalement 3" (on the legal status of foreign families in the Netherlands); international projects such as the projects coordinated e.g. by the Université Libre de Bruxelles , Belgium ("Judicial Cooperation in Civil Matters with Third Countries/Coopération Judiciaire en Matière Civile avec les Etats Tiers"); the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium  ("Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest, 6th European Framework Programme in Research and Development. Fundamental Rights Governance"); the Universidad de Valencia, Spain  (DG Justice, Freedom and Security, "The application of foreign law by judicial and non-judicial authorities in Europe", country reporter for the Netherlands), often subsidised by the European Commission. 

She has organised several conferences (e.g. a conference on "The importance of comparative law for the creation of a European area of  Freedom,  Justice and  Security") and has presented herself speeches at national and international conferences (e.g. in Antwerpen,  Brussel,  Leuven, Leiden, Bonn, New York, Rabat, Onati). 

She is a fellow at the Graduate School of Leiden University (Research programmes "Securing the rule of law in a world of multilevel jurisdiction" and "Coherent private law"), a fellow at the Dutch School for Human Rights Research and an ambassador of the "Minority Research Network".

She has been teaching courses in Dutch and English on all academic levels, including courses in the advanced llm-programmes "International Business Law" and "European Business Law" and "Post Academisch Onderwijs". She has supervised essays, master theses and post-master theses and has been a member of jury for PhD

In 2003 she was awarded the prize for best seminar-teacher at the faculty of law of Leiden University, and she has been nominated virtually systematically for this prize prior to and after winning the teaching prize, including recently e.g. 2011 (longlist) and 2013 (shortlist).

Languages: Dutch (mother language), French, English.

Veerle Van Den Eeckhout is married and has two children. 



(updated until the summer of 2014)