Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law


Willy van Eeckhoutte

Willy van Eeckhoutte is a professor extraordinarius at Ghent University, where he has been lecturing in labour and social security law at the Faculty of Law to Bachelor’s and Master’s students respectively since 1986. Willy van Eeckhoutte also lectured at the Ghent-Leuven Management School and at KU Leuven (Course Pensions Law).

He was called to the Bar of Ghent in 1975. In 1999, he was appointed advocate with the Court of Cassation and, ever since, he has been a member of the bar of the highest court of law in Belgium.

He is the author of several books and articles and of the legal blog

Yves Jorens

Yves Jorens is Full Professor of (European) social law and social criminal law at Ghent University.

He has an extensive track record in managing large-scale European projects dealing with European social security and labour issues of migrant persons and issues related to social dumping and social fraud. His main domains of research are the coordination of social security for migrant workers, posting, cross-border employment, social dumping, combatting social fraud and social dumping and the employment situation in the aviation sector.

Professor Jorens is currently also director of IRIS│international research institute on social fraud, a knowledge centre that gathers relevant information of regional, national, and international interest regarding social fraud in the broadest sense of the word. IRIS constitutes a unique cooperation platform between the academic world on the one hand and the different actors involved in the fight against social fraud on the other hand.

Professor Jorens is co-founder and director of LIISA|Lab for International & Interdisciplinary Social Affairs at Ghent University and Honorary Professor at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham


Faculty of Law and Criminology


Alexander De Becker

Alexander De Becker is Professor and Doctor of Laws and obtained his PhD titled ‘Legal foundations of the legal status of public servants’ in 2006.

He teaches among other courses ‘Labour Law’, ‘Social Consultation’, ‘The State as Employer’ at the Faculty of Law and Criminology and ‘Labour Law in Health Organisations’ at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Ghent University. His main research field covers the rights of public service employees in a strong comparative law and international context, but he also has a large expertise in administrative law and labour law in general.

He is co-founder and director of the research centre Lab for International and Interdisciplinary Social Affairs (LIISA) at Ghent University. Furthermore, for seven years, he was Professor holding the Chair ‘The State as Employer’ at the Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden in the Netherlands.

Moreover, he conducted research as a visiting scholar at different universities such as Oxford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the European University Institute in Florence.