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Constitutional law unit

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Jan Theunis
Fundamental rights, separation of powers, legal protection, federalism, and discrimination law

Jan Theunis is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Hasselt University and a law clerk at the Belgian Constitutional Court. He obtained his PhD in law at KU Leuven in 2011, with a dissertation on pleas of illegality (or objections of illegality) in Belgian constitutional law. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of public law. Previously, he was also a lecturer at KU Leuven and guest professor at Ghent University.

Stijn Smet
Comparative constitutional law, fundamental rights

Stijn Smet is Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at Hasselt University. He has a PhD in Law from Ghent University. His dissertation was published as Resolving Conflicts between Human Rights: The Judge’s Dilemma (Routledge, 2017 (hardcover) and 2018 (paperback)). Prior to joining Hasselt University, Stijn Smet was Postdoctoral Fellow at Melbourne Law School and at Ghent University. At Hasselt University, he teaches Constitutional Law, Public Law, Legal Protection against the Government, and Law and Power (the first three in Dutch). His primary research expertise is in comparative constitutional law, with focus on religious freedom, and human rights law, with focus on conflicts of rights. Stijn is particularly interested in the role of tolerance in law, both generally and in relation to religious freedom specifically. He is co-editor of When Human Rights Clash at the European Court of Human Rights: Conflict or Harmony? (OUP, 2017) and has published among others in Human Rights Law Review, American University International Law Review, Journal of Media Law and Religion & Human Rights. His work has been cited by the European Court of Human Rights (in separate opinions).

Stijn Verbist
Administrative procedural law and expropriation law

Stijn Verbist is an Assistant Professor at Hasselt University. He teaches ‘The Art of Persuasion: Theory and Practice', 'Mobility Law', and 'Legal Protection against Government Action' at the Faculty of Law of Hasselt University. He conducts research in the fields of administrative law on spatial planning, legal protection against the government, and the law of property. Since 2001, he has been a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar.