|Professor of International Law and International Organizations; Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam EU and Global Governance
University of LeuvenDirector
Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law, University of Leuven
Areas of Expertise
International Law, International Organizations, Treaties, International Criminal Court, World Trade Organization, International Humanitarian Law
Jan Wouters is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance and Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). In Leuven, he teaches public international law, international organizations, the law of the World Trade Organization and humanitarian and security law. As Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris) and the College of Europe (Bruges) he teaches EU external relations law. He also teaches international law in the Master of Laws in International Economic Law (IELPO) at the University of Barcelona and international criminal law in the European Master’s in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA, Venice).
He is President of the Flemish Foreign Affairs Council, which advises the Flemish Government, is President of the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium, and practices law as Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels. He is a Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts. He studied law and philosophy in Antwerp and Yale University (LLM 1990), was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and obtained his PhD at KU Leuven (1996). He taught at the Universities of Antwerp and Maastricht, was Visiting Professor at Liège and Kyushu University and Référendaire at the European Court of Justice (1991-1994). He is Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, Deputy Director of the Revue belge de droit international and an editorial board member in ten international journals. He has published widely on international, EU, corporate and financial law (over 500 publications including 46 books and 90 international journal articles).
Jan Wouters, C. Defraigne and M. Burnay (eds.), China, the EU and the Developing World, Edward Elgar Publishing, (2014)
P.J Kuijper, J. Wouters, F. Hoffmeister, G. De Baere and T. Ramopoulos, The Law of EU External Relations: Cases, Materials and Commentary on the EU as an International Legal Actor, Oxford University Press, (2013)
Jan Wouters and K. Meuwissen (eds.), National Human Rights Institutions in Europe: Comparative, European and International Perspectives, Antwerp – Oxford, Intersentia,(2013)
B. Van Vooren, S. Blockmans and J. Wouters (eds.), The EU’s Role in Global Governance: The Legal Dimension, Oxford University Press, (2013)
J. Pauwelyn, R.A. Wessel and J. Wouters (eds.), Informal International Lawmaking, Oxford University Press, (2012)
Recent ACUNS Activity
Podcast Series Current Issues 14 – European Union’s Role and Status as a Global Actor
Updated July, 2014