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Arnout Schelstraete

Doctoral Researcher

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Arnout Schelstraete's Bio

Arnout Schelstraete is a PhD research fellow within the ConstitUGent research unit and is a member of the Human Rights Centre. In 2015 he obtained a Master’s diploma of Law at Ghent University.

After starting his career as a lawyer with LDR-advocaten (2015-2016) he enrolled as a law clerk (‘referendaris’), assisting the judges of the Council for Permit Disputes (Raad voor Vergunningsbetwistingen or ‘RvVb’) and the Enforcement Court (Handhavingscollege or ‘HHC’). Since 2019 he has been a member of the coordination Bureau of the Service of the Administrative Courts (Dienst van de Bestuursrechtscolleges or ‘DBRC’).

He has a particular interest in questions of law regarding the Council for Permit Disputes and the Council of State and concerning the environmental disputes brought before them (cf. master’s thesis: “De Raad voor Vergunningsbetwistingen: vergelijking van de rechtspraak met deze van de Raad van State” – 2015).

Arnout’s research project is focused on the rise of regional administrative courts and the uncharted domain of rule of law questions related to that specific phenomenon.

Arnout Schelstraete's Publications

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Arnout Schelstraete's Professional positions

  • Doctoral researcher at Ghent University, Department of European, Public and International Law (2022 – ongoing)
  • Law clerk (‘referendaris’) at the Service of the Administrative Courts (2016-)
  • Member of the coordination Bureau of the Service of the Administrative Courts (2019-)
  • Lawyer with LDR-advocaten (2015-2016)

Arnout Schelstraete's Education

University Degrees
•Master of Laws in Law, Ghent University, 2013-15 (great distinction)
•Bachelor of Laws in Law, Ghent University, 2009-2013 (distinction)

Arnout Schelstraete's Sideline Activities

Member of STORM (Stedenbouw, Omgeving, Ruimtelijke ordening en Milieu) – die Keure

Arnout Schelstraete's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 2nd Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Office Hours: 09.00 h – 17.00 h
  • Working Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Arnout Schelstraete's expertise
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Procedural Law
  • Planning Law
  • Environmental Law


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