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Heleen Lauwereys

Doctoral Researcher

  • Email heleen.lauwereys[@]
  • Phone +32 9 264 84 95 / secr +32 9 264 69 30
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Heleen Lauwereys' Bio

Heleen Lauwereys is a PhD Researcher at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) and the Human Rights Centre (both at Ghent University).

Heleen holds a Master of Laws (University of Antwerp, 2014) and a LLM in International Human Rights Law (Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, 2015). During her law studies at the University of Antwerp, Heleen participated in an exchange program with the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, during one Semester. She also completed a legal internship with the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva, Switzerland, during which she reported on the 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Following her studies, Heleen worked as a legal intern for the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and as a legal intern at the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court. During and after her studies, Heleen contributed to the work of the ICLHR Initiative and the Case Matrix Network as a case analyst. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of the child’s best interests when sentencing parents and primary caregivers.

Heleen Lauwereys' Publications

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Heleen Lauwereys' Professional positions

  • Doctoral Researcher, Ghent University (2017- …)
  • Internship at the International Criminal Court, Chambers Division (April 2015 – September 2016)
  • Internship at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Office of the Co-Prosecutors (September 2015 – February 2016)
  • Consultancy Position at the Central and Eastern European Initiative for Human Rights and International Criminal Law (July 2015 – April 2016)
  • Internship at the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (March 2014)

Heleen Lauwereys' Education

• LLM in International Human Rights Law (First Class Honours), Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland, Galway) (2014-2015)
• Masters in Law, University of Antwerp (2012- 2014)
• Bachelor in Law, University of Antwerp (2009-2012)

Heleen Lauwereys' work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 1st Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Heleen Lauwereys' expertise
  • Rights of the Child
  • Belgian criminal (procedural) law
  • European and International Law and Criminal Justice


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