Professor Erik Franckx

Professor Erik Franckx


1981: Licentiaat in de Rechten, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

1982: Master of Arts (M.A.) in East-Euorpean Studies (in Dutch), Interuniversity Centre for East-European Studies, Belgium

1983: Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA

1989: Doctor in de Rechten (Ph.D. in Law), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Professional career

1990/1991 – : Voltijds docent, later hoofddocent (06/1996), hoogleraar (08/2001), and gewoon hoogleraar (01/2008) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

1990/1991 – : Assistant Professor at Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

1991/1992 – : Maître de conférences, later chargé de cours at the Université Libre de Bruxelles

1999/2000 – : Lecturer at the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury

2008/2009 – : Professeur invité at the Université Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emeriates


Nominated by Belgium as member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands (2006 – )

Nominated by Belgium as expert in marine scientific research for use in special arbitration under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (2004 – )

Nominated by Belgium as legal expert in the Advisory Body of Experts of the Law of the Sea (ABELOS) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (2002 – )

Nominated by Belgium as expert in maritime boundary delimitation to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) (2005 – ).

Nominated by Belgium as Chairman of the EU COMAR Law of the Sea workgroup during the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2010).

Appointed by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, as Research Professor (2010 – 2015; renewable once).

Research interests

International Law
Law of the Sea
Diplomatic and Consular Law
Central and East-European Legal Systems

For a list of publications please vist Professor Franckx’s website

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