Societal Value Creation Group


The aim of the faculty societal value creation group is to advise the faculty on matters related to the social impact and relevance of scientific research at the faculty of law and criminology at Ghent University. The valorisation group provides advice on:

  • the extent to which the research at the faculty has or could have societal impact;
  • possible research topics or projects that could generate societal impact;
  • possibilities or channels to achieve social impact with research.


The group consists of persons and bodies for whom scientific research that is, or could be conducted at the faculty may be relevant and who are willing to engage in the discussion about the societal impact of scientific research conducted at our faculty.


  • Ann Lukowiak - Federal magistrate, Federal prosecutor's office
  • Annelies D’Espallier - Ombudsperson gender, Flemish Ombudservice
  • Christophe Ramont - North - South official, City of Ghent
  • Dirk Leestmans - Journalist, VRT
  • Eddy De Raedt - Policy Director, Federal Police
  • Johan Callewaert - Deputy Registrar, EHRM
  • Joséphine Moerman - Judge, Constitutional Court
  • Julie Dutordoir - Director -General, Institute for Company Lawyers (Instituut voor Bedrijfsjuristen)
  • Kati Verstrepen - President, Human Rights League (Liga voor Mensenrechten)
  • Maarten De Waele - Project officer radicalization, Association of Flemish Cities
    and Municipalities (VVSG)
  • Monica De Jonghe - Director-General, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (VBO)
  • Myriem El Kaddouri - Lawyer & content creator VZW Hshoema
  • Paul Nihoul - Judge, Court of Justice of the EU
  • Paul Rietjens - Former Director General of Legal Affairs of the Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
  • Stefan Pieters - Board member, Flemish Bar Association (OVB)


Upon invitation:

  • Esther De Smet - Research Policy Officer, UGhent
  • Marjan Doom - Director, Ghent University Museum (Gents Universiteitsmuseum | GUM)
  • Karen Curé - UGent Tech Transfer