Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters (BE) is professor of international law and the law of international organizations and Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Institute for International Law at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is also visiting professor at the College of Europe, Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Flemish Government, and President of the United Nations Association Flanders-Belgium.
He practises law as Of Counsel at Linklaters in Brussels. He studied law and philosophy in Antwerp and Yale University (LLM 1990), worked as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School and defended his PhD at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He has held teaching positions at the Universities of Antwerp, Liège and Maastricht and worked previously as référendaire at the European Court of Justice. He is the editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, is vice-director of the Revue belge de droit international and participates in the European Network of Excellence Connex (Connecting Excellence in European Governance).
Prof. Wouters has published widely on international law and international organisations, European Union law and corporate and financial law, including a recent comprehensive handbook on public international law (with M. Bossuyt), a book on the World Trade Organization (with B. De Meester: The World Trade Organization. A Legal and Institutional Analysis, Intersentia, 2007) as well as a number of edited books, including Conflict Prevention. Policy and Legal Aspects (T.M.C. Asser Press, 2004), Legal Instruments in the Fight Against International Terrorism (Martinus Nijhof, 2004) and The United Nations and the European Union. An Ever Stronger Partnership (T.M.C. Asser Press, 2006)