Prof. Dr. Frederik Dhondt

Faculty of Law and Criminology
Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law
(Legal History Institute)
Expertise: history of public international law, diplomatic history

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt is a part-time professor of legal history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, since October 2015) and a part-time postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University (since October 2014). He studied law, history and international relations at the universities of Ghent (Master of Laws, 2007; Master of History, 2008), Paris-Sorbonne (Early Modern History, 2008) and Sciences Po  Paris (Research Master in International Relations, 2009), and was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institutes for European Legal History (Frankfurt am Main, 2010) and Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, 2012) as well as at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, 2014-2015).

Frederik Dhondt’s research focuses on practical legal argumentation in 18th and 19th century European international relations. He teaches general courses on Belgian political history and Comparative constitutional history at the VUB.
Frederik Dhondt was awarded the Prize for Historical Research 2012 (Province of East Flanders) for a study on the War of the Spanish Succession (cf. below).

His doctoral dissertation in law, defended in 2013 at Ghent University, was published in May 2015 (Balance of Power and International Law. European Diplomacy and the Elaboration of International Order, 18th Century and Post 1945, Martinus Nijhoff/Brill). His writings have appeared in inter alia The Legal History Review, The Journal of the History of International Law, the Revue d’Histoire Diplomatique, the Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire, Comparative Legal History, Rechtskultur and History of European Ideas.

He is active in the board of ESIL’s Interest Group on the History of International Law and is Vice-President of Standen en Landen/Anciens Pays et Assemblées d’États, the Belgian Section of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, in charge of its peer reviewed book series.