Research Team

Tenured academic staff

  • Prof. Dr. Frederik Vandendriessche
  • Prof. Dr. Jelle Laverge


  • Mr. Pieterjan Claeys
  • Mr. Achille Hannoset
  • Mr. Edouard Dumolin
  • Ms. Ting Chen
  • Mr. Angelo Goethals

Voluntary researchers

  • Mr. Thomas Deruytter
  • Mr. Cedric Degreef


The Energy Law research unit is open to all researchers at Ghent University who - each from their own specific angle - want to build up research or services for Energy Law.

Tenured academic staff


Prof. Dr. Frederik Vandendriessche – research director

Frederik Vandendriessche has been affiliated with the Law Faculty of Ghent University since 1997, where he obtained his doctorate in 2003. Within the department of public law, he is responsible for the energy law course in the Master of Laws and within the Center for Environmental and Energy Law he is responsible as research director for the development of scientific research in the field of energy law. Frederik is also the author of numerous publications on energy law and administrative law. He is regularly invited to speak at seminars on energy law and administrative law and is a member of the Energy Law Research Forum. Frederik Vandendriessche is active as a lawyer specialized in energy law and public law as well.

Prof. Dr. Jelle Laverge

Jelle Laverge (1984) obtained a diploma of civil engineer-architect at the University of Ghent in 2007. Between 2005 and 2007 he worked partly at ‘Bureau Bouwtechniek’ in Antwerp. Since 2007 he has worked as a assistant at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning at the Building Physics research group. In 2011, he also obtained a master's degree in law from this university. In addition, in the spring of 2011 he was a part-time guest lecturer in building physics at KaHo Sint-Lieven in Ghent. Supported by an FWO travel grant (V430911N), he spent three months at the University of Texas at Austin as a visiting researcher during the summer of 2011. He obtained a PhD in engineering sciences in 2013 with a dissertation "Design strategies for residential ventilation". He is a member of ISIAQ, SRS and ASHRAE.


Mr. Pieterjan Claeys

Pieterjan is involved in the LECsea project as a part-time scientific researcher. LECsea aims to achieve the successful implementation of local energy communities in the 'Interreg 2 seas' region'. He also contributes to the basic work Energy Law in Belgium and Flanders.
As a lawyer in Brussels, Pieterjan focuses on the contractual and regulated aspects of energy projects. He contributes to the basic work Energy Law in Belgium and Flanders.
Pieterjan Claeys graduated from Ghent University in 2017. In addition, he obtained an LL.M. in 2018. Energy & Climate Law at the University of Groningen.

Mr. Achille Hannoset

Achille Hannoset is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. His PhD deals with energy democracy in the context of the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package, focusing on, among other things, the legal governance structure and market integration of energy communities. In this context he is part-time involved in the LECsea project. LECsea aims to successfully implement local energy communities in the "Interreg 2 Seas" region.
Achille graduated from the University of Antwerp in 2017, and obtained a master's degree from the University of Groningen in 2018. In the past, Achille worked as a lawyer in public law at a renowned law firm, and as a legal analyst at the consultancy firm “ Th! Nk-E ”, where he was actively involved in various European projects. He was responsible for the legal aspects of the first Belgian neighborhood battery and organizing various workshops with stakeholders on that subject. Achille is also the lead author of the first report of the European Task Force "Local Energy Communities" within BRIDGE. Since March 2020, Achille has been working as an intern at the European Commission, DG Energy, Unit Consumers, Retail markets and Local initiatives.

Mr. Edouard Dumolin

Edouard Dumolin obtained a Masters in Law from Ghent University in 2018 and is affiliated with the Faculty of Engineering: architecture in the architecture department and urban development research group building physics. His research domain is about the enforcement of energy performance regulations in the European Member States.

Ms. Ting Chen

Ting CHEN joined our research group as a PhD-researcher in October 2020. Her PhD is titled ‘the Institutionalization of demand-side management of renewable electricity: A comparative analysis between the EU and China’. Ting graduated in 2019 from the University of Aberdeen with the degree of Master of Laws Energy Law, and graduated in 2020 from Wuhan University with the Master’s Degree in Environmental and Resource Protection Law.

Mr. Angelo Goethals

Angelo Goethals is writing a PhD on the legal framework for the (inter) connection of the Belgian offshore wind energy farms and is a full-time scientific employee affiliated with the research team "energy law". His research is part of the PhairywinD-project, a multidisciplinary and inter-university research group that investigates current and future challenges related to offshore wind energy.
Angelo obtained a Masters in Law from the University of Ghent in 2018. In 2019 he graduated with a Master of Science in Maritime Science from the University of Ghent and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Before joining the University of Ghent as a PhD-researcher, he worked as a legal advisor for Department of Mobility and Public Works (Flemish Government).

Voluntary researchers

Dhr. Thomas Deruytter

Thomas Deruytter studied the Master Environmental Law at Ghent University in 2009. Since then he has been a voluntary affiliated researcher in the UGent Center for Environmental and Energy Law. In that context, Thomas took part in writing the Energy Law Handbook, and he annually gives a guest lecture on energy efficiency in the course energy law. Following an internship at the European Commission, DG Environment, Unit Environmental Treaties and Trade, he worked from 2010 to 2015 as a lawyer specialized in energy law at a reputable law firm. Since 2015, he works as legal counsel at Veolia, a company active in the energy, water and waste sectors.

Mr. Cedric Degreef

Cedric Degreef is a lawyer in Brussels. He focuses on energy and climate law, regulated markets and natural resources. In this context, he co-wrote the basic work Energy Law in Belgium and Flanders.
Cedric Degreef graduated from the University of Antwerp in 2011, then obtained an LL.M from University College London in 2012.