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Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen

Professor of Private International Law

  • Academic Title Prof. Dr.
  • Email jinske.verhellen[@]
  • Phone +32(0)9 264 68 30 / +32(0)9 264 68 32 (secr.)
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Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen's Bio

Jinske Verhellen studied law and anthropology. She has always combined these two disciplines in her work, both in academia and in practice (as an attorney, as a staff member of the Ghent City contact point for discrimination reports, etc.). In 2006, Jinske Verhellen had the unique opportunity to help establish the Private International Law Centre in Brussels (now part of the Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering), which gives advice and does policy work in the field of private international law in family matters. In January 2009, she returned to Ghent University, where in 2012 she obtained her doctoral degree on The Belgian Code of Private International Law in family matters (financed by the Research Foundation – Flanders). Since 2014, she is Professor of Law at Ghent University, lecturing private international law and international family law. She is also a promotor of the Ghent University interfaculty research group CESSMIR (Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees) and president of the Diversity Commission of the Ghent Faculty of Law and Criminology. Jinske Verhellen has published on various aspects of private international law, international family law, migration law and nationality law. She is currently chief editor of the Belgian Private International Law Journal ( /

Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen's Featured Publications

Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen's Publications

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Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen's Sideline Activities/Memberships

  • Member of the Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR),
  • Chief editor of the online journal / [in Dutch and French]
  • Member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Vreemdellingenrecht (Journal of Migration Law) [in Dutch]
  • Member of the editorial board of Internationaal Privaatrecht [Blauwe Wetboeken die Keure] [in Dutch


Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Voldersstraat 5, 2nd Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Institute for Private International Law, Voldersstraat 5, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen's expertise
  • Private international law
  • International Family Law
  • Nationality Law
  • Human Rights Law


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