E.MA Directors

Prof. Koen Lemmens

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/Directors/uni_leuven.jpgName and Title: Professor Koen Lemmens

Position: Head of Institute for Human Rights Law - KU Leuven

Postal Address: International House, Tiensestraat 45, 1000 Leuven (Belgium)

Phone: 0032 (0)16 53 46 34



Koen Lemmens received his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy,(2003). He is an attorney at the Brussels bar, specialized in procedures before the European Court of Human Rights, and held teaching positions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universteit Antwerpen. He took up his position at KU Leuven in 2010. He has taught extensively at all levels, with specialist modules focusing on human rights (mainly the ECHR–level), comparative (constitutional) law and legal theory. 

Research Expertise and Interests

His research interests lie primarily in the field of the ECHR, freedom of expression, law and literature and comparative law.


Koen Lemmens teaches human rights law at KU Leuven (including Universiteit Hasselt) as well for lawyers as for non-lawyers. Besides, he teaches press law for journalists (Erasmushogeschool Brussel). He has participated as well in the LL.M program of the Centre for Human Rights (Pretoria).

Key Publications

K. Lemmens, “Comparative law as an act of modesty: a pragmatic and realistic approach to comparative legal scholarship” in M. Adams and J. Bomhoff, Practice and Theory in Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 302-325;

K. Lemmens and P. Lemmens, “De herziening of heropening van de strafprocedure: een passend middel tot herstel van een schending van fundamentele rechten” in Liber amicorum A. De Nauw, Bruges, Die Keure, 2011, pp. 571-590.

K. Lemmens, “The Slow Dynamics of Legal Language”, Terminology, 2011, pp. 74-93

K. Lemmens, La presse et la protection juridique de l'individu. Attention aux chiens de garde !, Brussels, Larcier, 2004 ;

Non-academic affiliations

Professor Lemmens is member of the scientific committee of several law journals.

Link to a detailed CV