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Danny Pieters

Danny Pieters
Blijde-Inkomststraat 19 - box 3409
3000 Leuven
Belgium
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Biography

Born in 1956,  Danny Pieters obtained his PhD from the Law Faculty of the KU Leuven in 1985 with a doctoral thesis on fundamental social welfare rights in the constitutions of the E.C. member states. In 1986 this thesis was awarded the quadrennial European Emile Bernheim Prize.

First professor at Tilburg University (1986-1992) he became professor at the KU Leuven Law School in 1989, holding since 2005 the chair of Social Security Law.  Since 1993 head of the Research Unit Europe and Social Security (RUESS). Since 1998 Program Director of the European Master Social Security.

From 1994 to 2013 Secretary General of the European Institute of Social Security.

From 1999 till 2003 and from 2010 till 2013 Member of the Belgian federal Parliament (first in Lower House; then in Senate, of which he was the president in 2010/2011).
 
Since 2013 Vice Rector for Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Vice Rector for International Policy of the KU Leuven.

 

Areas of interest

- Social Law

- Social Security

- Comparative Law

- European Law

 

Publications

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    Demarsin, Bert; Pieters, Danny; 2019. Rechtsvergelijking - De uitdagende wereld van het recht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven/Den Haag
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    Pieters, Danny; 2019. Navigating Social Security Options. Publisher: Palgrave macmillan; Cham
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  • De Becker, E; 2018. Het recht op sociale zekerheid in de Europese Unie: een rechtsvergelijkende analyse op basis van de constitutionele tradities gemeen aan de EU-lidstaten, het Europees Verdrag voor de Rechten van de Mens en het Europees Sociaal Handvest..
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    The outbreak of the financial and economic crisis had a severe impact on national economies worldwide, including those of the member states of the European Union (EU). Several EU member states with financial difficulties received financial support by the EU institutions. In return, they were obliged to reduce public spending and as a result, national social security systems were drastically reformed. Since the financial and economic crisis, we see that the EU has exercised its competences to supervise national budgets more extensively even for member states not applying for financial aid, e.g. the country-specific recommendations under the European Semester. These recommendations also have an important impact on the national social security systems of the member states. The European Parliament as well as international organisations, such as the ILO and the Council of Europe, NGO's and academics, have criticized these measures and expressed their concern on whether they respect the fundamental social rights, as laid down at national, international and EU level. These concerns are part of a broader debate on the legitimacy of the EU that also includes other issues, such as the impact of EU citizenship, in particular social benefit tourism and social fraud. One of the questions that keeps coming back in both academic and public debate, is the question of the role of fundamental social rights in the EU. Although fundamental social rights found their way in the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFEU) in 2000, there remains a lot of uncertainty about their content and enforceability. For that reason, this PhD projects looks at one fundamental social right, the right to social security, and aims to contribute to the development of this right in the EU legal order. This PhD project uses the method of general principles of Union law, as a way to further shape and develop the fundamental social rights in the CFEU. This builds on the already existing case law of the Court of Justice on general principles of Union law, in order to guarantee continuity and legal certainty in the EU. The PhD project consists of three parts: 1. An analysis of the right to social security in Art. 34 CFEU and of the general provisions in Title VII CFEU, on the basis of the CFEU itself, the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU and the legal doctrine; 2. A comparative analysis of the right to social security, as laid down in international treaties (the European Social Charter and the European Convention on Human Rights) and the constitutional traditions common to the EU member states. To conclude this part, I will give an overview of the different ways on how to shape the right to social security, as identified in this study; 3. An analysis of the specific features of the EU legal order in the area of social security. The concluding part of this PhD confronts the findings in the previous parts with Part 3, in order to formulate some proposals on how to shape the right to social security in the EU. Each of these proposals is also viewed in the light of a specific policy area. In that way, this PhD project discusses how the right to social security can operate in concreto.

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    Pieters, Danny; 2018. Danny Pieters. Brieven aan jonge juristen; 2018; pp. 178 - 182 Publisher: die Keure; Brugge
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    Pieters, Danny; 2018. De universiteit van de toekomst/ de toekomst van de universiteit. De taal is Gans het Recht - Liber Amicorum Willy van Eeckhoutte; 2018; pp. 619 - 629 Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; Mechelen
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    Pieters, Danny; 2018. Choices for a Sustainable Social Health Care Law. Law, Democracy & Development; 2018; Vol. 22; pp. 74 - 97
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    Publisher: University of the Western Cape
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    Schoukens, Paul; Pieters, Danny; 2018. Inleiding tot het Belgische socialezekerheidsrecht 2018-2019. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
    LIRIAS2384272
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    Schoukens, Paul; Pieters, Danny; 2018. Sociaal recht - Opleidingsonderdeel socialezekerheidsrecht 2018-2019. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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    Schoukens, Paul; Pieters, Danny; 2018. Sociaal recht - Opleidingsonderdeel arbeidsrecht 2018-2019. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
    LIRIAS2384282
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    Pieters, Danny; Demarsin, Bert; 2018. Rechtsvergelijking. De uitdagende wereld van het recht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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    Pieters, Danny; Schoukens, Paul; 2017. Inleiding tot het sociaal recht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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    Pieters, Danny; Schoukens, Paul; 2017. Inleiding tot het Belgische socialezekerheidsrecht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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    Schoukens, Paul; Pieters, Danny; 2017. Sociaal Recht - Opleidingsonderdeel arbeidsrecht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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    Schoukens, Paul; Pieters, Danny; 2017. Sociaal recht - Opleidingsonderdeel socialezekerheidsrecht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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  • Kestemont, Lina; 2016. Naar een rechtswetenschappelijke methodeleer. Een expliciet methodologisch kader voor rechtswetenschappelijk onderzoek in het socialezekerheidsrecht..
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    Legal scholarship is one of the oldest academic disciplines; how law should be studied and dealt with has been passed on from generation to generation as an implicit “savoir faire”. Law students learn to find, read, analyse and apply the law without explicitly considering how they operate during this process. Consequently, legal scholars never really felt the need to linger over the methodological steps and choices made during their research. Although the methodological awareness among legal scholars has grown over the last years, it remains difficult for them to explain what they are doing and how they are doing it. This is because legal scholarship is lacking a tradition of methodological explicitness. For that reason this PhD-project aims to contribute to the development of an explicit methodological framework for traditional legal scholarship. Such a framework indicates which different types of research objectives legal scholars can use in their research and discusses their methodological features. On the one hand, it provides a framework to screen existing legal research as to its methodological underpinnings. On the other hand, it serves as a practical instrument that can be used by legal scholars when creating and executing their own research project. In this project an explicit methodological framework for one legal discipline was developed: social security law. Further research will be able to confront this framework with other legal disciplines in order to uncover their methodological similarities and differences. In the end, this will allow legal scholarship to develop a methodological framework for legal research in general. The PhD-project consists of three parts: 1. The creation of a typology on the different types of research objectives in traditional legal scholarship and their methodological features, on the basis of a literature study. 2. A meta-methodological study on 45 Dutch-language PhD’s on social security law, defended at a Flemish or Dutch law faculty between 1971 and June 2015. This meta-study allows to examine the research objectives and their methodological features in practice. 3. A confrontation between the typology from part 1 (theory) with the results of the meta-study from part 2 (practice) in order to complete and refine the original typology. This will result in an explicit methodological framework for traditional legal scholarship in social security law. The concluding part of the PhD summarizes the main results of the project and their methodological implications: the indispensable link between the type of research objective and its methodological features, the importance of the researcher’s frame of reference, the various ways to execute a research objective etc.

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    Schrooten, Jef; Willems, Kurt; Pieters, Danny; 2016. Language use in universities: Internationalisation and protection of the own language.
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    Pieters, Danny; 2016. Assistencia sanitaria, diez áreas de actuación. Los Retos actuals de la Asistencia Sanitaria Española en el Contexto de la Unión Europea; 2016; pp. 951 - 962 Publisher: Ediciones Laborum; Murcia
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    Pieters, Danny; Schoukens, Paul; 2016. Inleiding tot het sociaal recht. Publisher: Acco; Leuven
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    Pieters, Danny; 2015. Social Security and Freedom of Religion. Freiheit-Gerechtigkeit-Sozial(es) Recht. Festschrift für Eberhard Eichenhofer; 2015; pp. 509 - 527 Publisher: Nomos Verlag; Baden-Baden
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    Pieters, Danny; 2015. Accommodating Social Security and Freedom of Religion. European Journal of Social Security; 2015; Vol. 17; iss. 3; pp. 316 - 337
    LIRIAS1853122
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    Publisher: Intersentia
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