Professor of International Law
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)
Licentiaat in de Rechten, VUB
M.A., Interuniversity Centre for East–European Studies (Belgium)
LL.M., University of Georgia
Research professor, President of the Department of International and European Law, Director of the Centre for International Law, and Vice-dean for internationalization of the Faculty of Law and Criminology at the V.U.B. (Pleinlaan 2, B-1050, Brussels, Belgium; Erik.Franckx@vub.ac.be). He holds moreover teaching assignments (in chronological order) at the Vesalius College (V.U.B.), Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury), the Program on International Legal Cooperation (Institute of European Studies, V.U.B.), and the Université Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He has been appointed by Belgium as member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands; as expert in marine scientific research for use in special arbitration under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; as legal expert in the Advisory Body of Experts of the Law of the Sea of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; as expert in maritime boundary delimitation to the International Hydrographic Organization; and as member of the Belgian national Commission for the Revision of Private and Public Maritime Law. He has moreover been nominated by the International Law Association as rapporteur of the Committee on Coastal State Jurisdiction over Marine Pollution (1991-2000); by Vrije Universiteit Brussel as Research Professor for 5 years (2010/11 – 2014/15; renewable once); and by the European Society of International Law as Co-Chair of the Law of the Sea Interest Group since 2013. He is the author of more than 230 writings on the international law of the sea and co-author of Gustafson Juras, K., Noyes, J.E. et Franckx, E., Law of the Sea in a Nutshell, St. Paul, Minnesota, West Publishing Company, 613 pp. (2nd ed., 2010). ISBN 0-314-16941-5.
Within the MARSAFENET project he serves as member of the Management Committee, the Steering Committee and leader of Working Group 2.