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Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof

Professor emeritus

  • Academic Title Em. Prof. Dr.
  • Email Dirk.Voorhoof[@]UGent.be
  • Phone + 32 (0)478 621 599
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Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's Bio

Dirk Voorhoof holds a Master Degree in Law (1979) and Communication Sciences (1980), and a PhD in Law (1990). He was a lawyer at the Brussels Bar (1990-1992), a member of the Federal Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (1994-2005), member of the Flemish Media Council (2005-2012) and member of the Flemish Regulator for the Media (2006-2016).

He was a professor at Ghent University (1992-2016), teaching the courses of ‘Media Law’, ‘Copyright Law’, ‘Journalism & Ethics’ and ‘European Media Law’, both in the Faculty of Law and Criminology and in the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Communication Studies.

From 2002-2007 he lectured at the University of Oxford, MLAP (Global Media Law Advocates Programme) and he has been teaching Media Law at Copenhagen University from 2004 to 2017. He is also a guest professor at Luxembourg University in the master programme on Space, Telecommunications and Media Law (since 2017). He is a founding member of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF, Leipzig) and of Legal Human Academy. He was a member of the Committee of Experts on Internet Intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the Council of Europe (2016-2018). He is also active in the JUFREX-pool of experts (Council of Europe/EU (since 2017) and in the Global FOE&I @Columbia experts network, Columbia University, New York (since 2014).

He regularly reports on developments regarding freedom of expression, media and journalism in Iris, legal newsletter of the European Audiovisual Observatory (Strasbourg) and he co-authors, together with T. Mc Gonagle (Sup. ed.) the e-book Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists. Case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's Publications

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Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's Professional Positions

  • Volunteer Professor, Ghent University, Faculty of Law and Criminology
  • Member of the Human Rights Centre
  • Guest professor (Lecturer) at Copenhagen University (2004-2017)
  • Guest professor at Luxembourg University (since 2017)
  • Member of the Flemish Media Regulator (2006-2016)
  • Member of the Film Classification Commission
  • Member of the Flemish Media Council (2005-2012)
  • Member of the Federal Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (1994-2005)
  • Member of Legal Human Academy

Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's Education

University Degrees

  • Master and PhD in Law
  • Master in Communication Sciences

Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's Sideline activities/memberships

– Member of the CMPF Scientific Committee, Centre for Media Pluralism and Press Freedom, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence/Fiesole
– Member of the Global FOE&I@Columbia experts network, Columbia University, New York
– Member of the  European Centre for Press & Media Freedom (ECPMF), Leipzig
– Member of the Scientific Committee of Auteurs & Media (Larcier, Brussels)
– Member of the pool of experts of JUFREX (Council of Europe/EU)

Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's work details
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 1st floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 69 11
Em. Prof. Dr. Dirk Voorhoof's expertise
  • Freedom of Expression under the European Human Rights System
  • Media Law in Belgium and Europe
  • Hate Speech and Incitement to Discrimination
  • Regulation of Audiovisual Media Services
  • Media Policy
  • Media and Human Rights
  • Media and the Judiciary
  • Media and Pluralism
  • Media and Children
  • Copyright and Freedom of Expression
  • Journalism
  • Media Ethics and Self-Regulation
  • Freedom of Expression and Civil Society
  • Access to Information
  • Investigative journalism
  • Freedom of Expression and Chilling Effect

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