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Dr. Laurens Lavrysen

Affiliated Researcher

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  • Email Laurens.Lavrysen[@]
  • Phone +32 (0)9 264 97 61
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Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's Bio

Laurens Lavrysen is an affiliated 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).

Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's Publications

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Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's Professional Positions

  • Affiliated postdoctoral fellow (Feb 2021 – ongoing)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (FWO) Human Rights Centre, Ghent University (Oct 2018 – Jan 2021)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow,  Human Rights Centre, Ghent University (May 2016 – September 2018)
  • Fellow Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Human Rights Centre, Ghent University October 2011 – 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Public Law, Ghent University October 2010 – September 2011

Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's Education

  • Master in Law, Ghent University (2010)
  • Bachelor in Law, Ghent University (2008)

Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's Sideline activities/memberships

  • Regular contributor to and co-editor to the Strasbourg Observers blog
  • Editor-in-chief of Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten
  • Regular contributor to Juristenkrant
  • Regular contributor to recent developments section of Journal Européen des Droits de l’Homme / European Journal of Human Rights (2013-2014)
  • Regular contributor to recent ECtHR developments sections of Tijdschrift voor Vreemdelingenrecht (2013-2014)
  • Co-author of the third party interventionZeshun Muhammad v Spain (2018)
  • Co-author of the third party intervention Lili Minasyan and Others v Armenia (2018)
  • Co-author of the third party intervention R.L. & N.O. v. Russia -> HRC intervention (2018)
  • Third party intervention in ECtHR Grand Chamber case of Söderman v. Sweden (2013)
Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • 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
Dr. Laurens Lavrysen's expertise
  • Human rights law
  • The European Court of Human Rights
  • Positive obligations under human rights treaties
  • The scope of human rights
  • Socio-economic rights
  • Poverty as a human rights issue
  • Procedural justice (social psychology)
  • Proportionality analysis
  • Less restrictive alternative
  • Implementation of ECtHR judgments


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