Stefan Sottiaux

Sottiaux is a post-doctoral researcher at the law faculty of the University of Antwerp (Belgium), and a member of the Board of the Flemish section of the Ligue des droits de l’Homme. He holds an LL.M. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Antwerp (September 2006). As a member of the Brussels bar, he appeared in several human rights cases before the Belgian Constitutional Court. His past research is varied and has focused on topics such as anti-democratic political parties, sexual orientation law, and anti-discrimination law. His recent publications include a handbook on Belgian and European discrimination law (Kluwer, co-authors: D. De Prins and J. Vrielink), and he assisted the Flemish Government in the drafting of a new anti-discrimination act. At HRP, Sottiaux expanded on the work of his dissertation, entitled “Terrorism and the Limitation of Rights, The European Convention on Human Rights and the United States Constitution.” He also prepared an article on balancing in fundamental rights adjudication before international courts. This article seeks to translate theories of balancing in constitutional law to international human rights law.