Thalia Kruger studied law in South Africa, her country of origin. She then pursued doctoral studies in Belgium on the EU’s civil jurisdiction rules and their impact on third States. While doing her PhD, Thalia served as recording secretary for the Hague Conference on Private International Law on several occasions, and also as a consultant. Thereafter Thalia worked as a legal adviser on international family law at an NGO in Belgium. Returning to her domicile of origin, Thalia then lectured international contract law, arbitration and dispute resolution at the University of Cape Town. Now having dual nationality and possibly dual habitual residence, Thalia conducted a study on international child abduction to and from Belgium in 2009 and 2010. Since 2010 Thalia lectures private international law, European and comparative civil procedure and international family law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.
Thalia Kruger has published on various aspects of European civil procedure, international family law, international contract law and other aspects of private international law. She has acted as an expert for legislation in progress at the European Commission and the European Parliament.