Laurens Lavrysen is a postdoctoral research fellow, connected to the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University since 2010. In April 2016, he successfully defended his PhD “Human Rights in a Positive State: Rethinking the Relationship between Positive and Negative Obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights” (published by Intersentia).
He has written on various topics in the area of ECHR law, including on the positive obligations doctrine, the principle of proportionality, the notion of procedural justice and poverty as a human rights issue. He also has a research interest in the area of the history of the ECHR, in particular in Belgium (see the issue of The Legal History Review). He is a coach at the Ghent University Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic and has contributed to various third party interventions submitted by the Human Rights Centre to the European Court of Human Rights. He moreover is the co-editor of the Strasbourg Observers blog and editor-in-chief of the Flemish Journal for Human Rights (Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten).