Prof. dr. Hendrik Schoukens
Dr. Hendrik Schoukens graduated as a Master in Law at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2005 (magna cum laude). He was a member of the team that represented the Catholic University of Leuven at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington in 2004. In 2007, he graduated as Master in Environmental Law (summa cum laude) at Ghent University. In 2010, he received his complementary Master’s Degree in Environmental Law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis and the Catholic University of Louvain (magna cum laude).
Since January 2006, he has been working as an environmental lawyer at LDR Advocaten, where he focuses on biodiversity-related cases. In 2011, he co-authored the first edition of the handbook of Biodiversity Law within the Flemish Region.
Throughout the years he has published several articles and book chapters in relation to topics such as EIA, air quality legislation, access to justice, climate change and sustainable development.
Since June 2007, Hendrik has been a voluntary research assistant at the department of International Public Law of Ghent University and in January 2012 he joined the department as a fulltime assistant. He has successfully defenced his doctoral thesis on the legal aspects of ecological restoration under the supervision of Prof. Dr. An Cliquet. Currently, Hendrik is a postdoc assistant at the department. Apart from research activities, Hendrik has been co-lecturer for Prof. Dr. Cliquet and Prof. Dr. Lavrysen and he assists with the courses ‘Moot Court Public International Law’ and ‘Diplomatic Law’ of Prof. Dr. Frank Maes. In 2021, Hendrik was appointed as professor, following the retirement of Prof. Dr. Lavrysen.