Institute for Environmental and Energy Law of the Faculty of Law of the KU Leuven
The Institute for Environmental Law (IEL) was established in 1990 within the Faculty of Law of the KU Leuven. In 1995 Prof Dr Kurt Deketelaere became director of IEL. In the beginning IEEL focused mainly on the development of environmental and energy law in Belgium and the Flemish Region. Since 1995 the IEEL became very busy in the field of international, European and comparative environmental, climate change and energy law.
In the past twenty years the IEEL developed a wide range of activities (education, research, scientific services, continuous education and publications) in all aspects of environmental, climate change and energy law. The researches of IEEL established a thorough understanding of the legal aspects of international, European and comparative environmental law and energy law.
The main researchers of the IEEL that will participate in STAR-FLOOD:
Prof Dr Kurt Deketelaere is since July 2009 the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He is also a full professor (on halftime leave now) at the University of Leuven where he teaches environmental and energy law, and still heads the Institute of Environmental and Energy Law. Furthermore, he is an honorary professor of law at the University of Dundee, was awarded the Hou-De Honorary Chair at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and has been a visiting professor of law at the Universities of London, Sydney and Singapore.
Dr Bram Delvaux obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Faculty of Law of the KU Leuven, on the division of competences between the EU and its Member States in the energy field. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Energy and Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law of the KU Leuven and the division ELECTA of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of the Faculty of Engeneering of the KU Leuven. His research interests include all regulatory law aspects of energy, climate change and environmental law.
Cathy Suykens is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law at the KULeuven. She holds an LL.M in Energy and Environmental Law (2010) and has worked as a lawyer in the Energy & Utilities sector for three years. She is currently preparing a PhD thesis on cooperation and conflicts in international river basin districts, with a focus on the role of the European Union. She publishes in national and international legal journals in the field of energy, environmental and climate change law.
Jean-Christophe Beyers graduated in 2011 cum laude as a Master in Law at the Catholic University of Leuven. After his studies, he worked as a legal counsel for the Department of Spatial Planning, Housing Policy and Immovable Heritage. Since 1 March 2013, he is a full-time researcher at the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law, where he prepares a PhD on the integration of water law into spatial planning. Jean-Christophe also holds a Masters degree in Modern History (cum laude – 2006).