Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters

  • Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, KU Leuven

  • Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, KU Leuven

  • Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies - Institute for International Law, KU Leuven

  • Member, Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts

  • Visiting Professor, Sciences Po (Paris), Luiss University (Rome) and College of Europe (Bruges)

  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University (New York)

  • President, United Nations Association Flanders Belgium

Contact Data

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven
House de Dorlodot, Deberiotstraat 34, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

T. +32 16 32 87 33, M. +32 479 98 38 42
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Short Bio

Jan Wouters (°1964) is Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, and founding Director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, an interdisciplinary centre of excellence, at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). In Leuven, he teaches public international law, law of international organizations, the law of the World Trade Organization, space law and international humanitarian law. As Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris), Luiss University (Rome) and the College of Europe (Bruges) he teaches EU external relations law. As Adjunct Professor at Columbia University he teaches comparative EU-US perspectives on international human rights law. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, is President of the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium, and practises law as Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels. He is Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, Deputy Director of the Revue belge de droit international, and an editorial board member in ten other international journals. He has published widely on international and EU law, international organizations and global governance. His recent books include The European Union and Multilateral Governance (2012), International Prosecutors (2012), Informal International Lawmaking (2012), Private Standards and Global Governance  (2012), China, the European Union and Global Governance  (2012), The EU’s Role in Global Governance (2013), National Human Rights Institutions in Europe (2013), The Law of EU External Relations (2nd ed. 2015), China, the EU and the Developing World (2015), Global Governance of Labour Rights (2015), Global Governance Through Trade: EU Policies and Approaches (2015), The Contribution of International and Supranational Courts to the Rule of Law (2015), Global Governance and Democracy: A Multidisciplinary Analysis (2015) and Armed Conflicts and the Law (2016). Apart from his participation in international scientific panels and networks, he advises various international organizations and governments, trains international officials and is often asked to comment international events in the media. He is coordinator of a large-scale FP7 Programme FRAME, “Fostering Human Rights Among European (External and Internal) Policies”, and of the InBev-Baillet Latour EU China Chair at KU Leuven.

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Full curriculum vitae (update: August 2016)

Summary curriculum vitae


Professor Wouters’ current research agenda includes 1) the relationship between global multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, and the European Union; 2) accountability, legitimacy and reform of international organizations, including international courts; 3) multilevel regulatory interactions between global, European and national/subnational rules and standards, including private standards; 4) the contribution of the European Union to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Policy Research Centre

KU Leuven Centre of Excellence

In June 2010, the Centre was recognized as KU Leuven Centre of Excellence. Since then, it has launched a 7-year research programme on ‘Global Governance and Democratic Government’ (2010-2017), which aims at the construction of a new paradigm for democratic global governance.

Leuven Global Governance series

The Leuven Global Governance series, published by Edward Elgar Publishing, comprises high-quality monographs and edited volumes dedicated to innovative research on global governance.