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SHORT BIO

Toon Moonen is professor of constitutional law at Ghent University (since 2017). Before, he was visiting professor at Hasselt University, law clerk in the Constitutional Court of South Africa and fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders. Toon studied law at Harvard (2012), in Brussels (ULB, 2010) and in Ghent (2008).
Toon is also an attorney at the Brussels bar (since 2015). His work mainly concerns constitutional law litigation, including regular appearances in the Constitutional Court and the Council of State.

WORK DETAILS

ACADEMIC TITLE Prof. dr.

FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME Toon Moonen

POSITION Professor of Constitutional Law

EMAIL Toon.Moonen[@]Ugent.be

TELEPHONE +32 (0)9 264 68 23/ +32 (0) 472 59 13 69 (Cell phone)

SECRETARIAT +32 (0)9 264 69 11

WORKING DAYS Monday-Friday

OFFICE HOURS 09:00 – 17:00

CONTACT HOURS On appointment

VISITING ADDRESS Paddenhoek 5, second floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Campus Aula, Department of European, Public and International Law, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

  • Assistant professor of Constitutional Law, Ghent University, Oct 2017 – ongoing
  • Attorney at Eubelius, Apr 2015 – ongoing
  • Guest professor, Hasselt University, Sept 2016 – Aug 2017
  • Teaching assistant, Hasselt University, Oct 2015 – Sep 2016
  • Law clerk (van der Westhuizen J., Theron AJ.), Constitutional Court of South Africa, Oct 2014 – Mar 2015
  • Doctoral fellow, Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Oct 2010 – Sept 2014
  • Academic assistant, Hasselt University, Oct 2008 – Sep 2010
  • Legal intern, Constitutional Court of Belgium, July 2007

EDUCATION

University Degrees

  • Doctor of Laws (Dr. Jur.), Hasselt University, Maastricht University and Ghent University, 2014
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard University, 2012
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) Public international law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2010
  • Licentiate in Law (Lic. Jur.), Ghent University, 2008
  • Qualified Teacher’s Degree in Law, Ghent University, 2008

TEACHING

  • Advanced study of constitutional law
  • Moot court: constitutional law
  • Belgian public law

 

SCIENTIFIC HONORS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS

  • Dean’s Scholar Prizes for constitutional law and for comparative constitutional law at Harvard, 2012
  • Frank Boas scholar for Graduate Study at Harvard and J.W. Fulbright scholar, 2011-2012
  • Honorary Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, 2011-2012
  • Public law dissertation award, Ghent University, 2008

SIDELINE ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal, 2011-2012

EXPERTISE

  • Constitutional Law
  • Belgian Public Law
  • Human Rights Law

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books and book contributions

  • Toon Moonen. “Bijzondere machten als oplossing voor een crisis. Of zelf in een midlifecrisis?” in A. Wirtgen and E. Vandenbossche (eds.) Uitzonderlijke omstandigheden in het grondwettelijk recht, Bruges, die Keure, 2019, in print.
  • Toon Moonen. De keuzes van het Grondwettelijk Hof: argumenten bij de interpretatie van de Grondwet, Bruges, die Keure, 2015, 344 p.
  • Toon Moonen. “Comparing the Legitimacy of Constitutional Court Decision-Making: Deliberation as Method” in M. Adams and D. Heirbaut (eds.), The Method and Culture of Comparative Law, Oxford, Hart, 2014, 269-282.

Journal contributions

  • Toon Moonen. “Aansprakelijkheid van de staat voor ongrondwettige wetgeving. Vanzelfsprekend, of niet bepaald?”, CDPK 2017, 653-678
  • Toon Moonen. “De Koning en de vorming van de federale Regering. Evaluatie van de langste institutionele crisis ooit”, TBP 2013, 230-249
  • Toon Moonen. “Proceedings against Aziz Melki and Sélim Abdeli. Or How the Last Shall Be the First: the Court of Justice Rules on Priority Constitutional Review”, case note under European Court of Justice C-188/10 and C-189/10, Columbia J. Eur. L. 2011, 129-149

All publications of Toon Moonen can be found in the Ghent University Academic Bibliography.

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