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Koen Lemmens

Koen Lemmens
Human Rights
Tiensestraat 45 - box 3441
3000 Leuven

tel: +32 16 32 54 34


Prof. Dr. Koen Lemmens (born 1976) studied law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He obtained his law degree ("Licentiaat in de Rechten") in 1999 (magna cum laude). In 2003, he obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) with a thesis on "La presse et la protection juridique de l'individu: attention aux chiens de garde! Pour un exercice responsable de la liberté de presse à l'aune de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme et de la Constitution belge". Koen Lemmens began his academic career teaching an introductory course on comparative law (2004-2011) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he also taught legal theory (2008-2011) and comparative constitutional law (2007-2012). He also taught at the University of Antwerp (2008-2012).

Currently, Koen Lemmens is a professor of human rights law at K.U.Leuven and teaches press law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is also teaching in the E.Ma-programme in Venice, Italy.

He is an attorney at the Brussels bar, specialized in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights and the Belgian Constitutional Court. Koen Lemmens is also a member of the scientific committee of several legal journals.

Areas of specialization

  • Human Rights
  • (Comparative) Constitutional Law
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Religion/State relation
  • Law and Literature


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