Dr. Pieter Cannoot is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Rights Centre and the Centre for Constitutional Law (ConstitUGent). In September 2019, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “The right to personal autonomy regarding sex (characteristics), gender (identity/expression) and sexual orientation: towards an inclusive legal system”, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Toon Moonen and Prof. Dr. Eva Brems. Since October 2019, he is a co-lecturer of the Advanced Study of Constitutional Law and the Special Study of Law and Gender. In September 2020, he became a visiting professor at the University of Antwerp.
Pieter studied law at Ghent University, graduating summa cum laude. During his studies, Pieter worked as student-assistant at the Ghent European Law Institute (GELI). From 2014 to 2019, Pieter assisted Prof. Dr. Toon Moonen in the Bachelor course of Belgian Public Law and the Advanced Study of Constitutional Law. He also assisted Prof. Dr. Johan Vande Lanotte in the Bachelor course of Constitutional Law. He regularly gave guest lectures in the Special Study of Law and Gender, taught by Prof. Dr. Eva Brems.
He regularly publishes on LGBTIQ+ rights, and various topics of (Belgian) constitutional law. He has contributed to several third party interventions submitted with the European Court of Human Rights. He also acts as an informal legal consultant to various LGBTIQ+ interest groups.