Prof. dr. Geert Van Hoorick


Geert Van Hoorick



  • 1991: Master in Law, Ghent University
  • 1993: Master in Town and Country Planning, Ghent University
  • 1999: Doctor in Law, Ghent University, Ph.D: “Legal instruments for nature and landscape conservation” (Belgian VDK-Award for Sustainable Development).

Professional Career

  • Since 2000: professor in administrative and environmental law at Ghent University, vice-director of the Centre for Environmental Law and promotor of several dissertations. President of the Environmental Commission of the Law Faculty and visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels.
  • He lectures in environmental law, nature conservation law, notarial administrative law, and town and country planning law.
  • He was promotor of several scientific projects for the Flemish government (e.g. drafting legislation on landscape protection, forest management and nature conservation). He has published extensively on environmental law nature and landscape protection law, and town and country planning law.

Other Activities

  • He is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, of the Flemish High Forestry Council and a former member of the Flemish Environment and Nature Advisory Council.
  • Since 1991 he is a lawyer in Ghent and heads an editorial team for town and country planning at a legal magazine: ‘Algemeen Juridisch Tijdschrift’.