International private law

Thalia Kruger

Universiteit Antwerpen

Thalia Kruger studied law in South Africa, her country of origin. She then pursued doctoral studies in Belgium on the EU’s civil jurisdiction rules and their impact on third States. While doing her PhD, Thalia served as recording secretary for the Hague Conference on Private International Law on several occasions, and also as a consultant. Thereafter Thalia worked as a legal adviser on international family law at an NGO in Belgium. Returning to her domicile of origin, Thalia then lectured international contract law, arbitration and dispute resolution at the University of Cape Town. Back in Belgium, she conducted a study on international child abduction to and from Belgium in 2009 and 2010. Since 2010 Thalia lectures private international law, European and comparative civil procedure, and international family law at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.


Thalia Kruger has published on various aspects of European civil procedure, international family law, international contract law and other aspects of private international law.

Jinske Verhellen

Universiteit Gent

Jinske Verhellen studied law (1994, Ghent University) and anthropology (1995, KULeuven). She started working as an academic assistant at the Ghent University Institute of Private International Law (1996-2000). During this period she participated in a research project about family disputes involving Moroccan women in Belgium. In 1998 she started to practice as a lawyer and specialized in international family law and migration law. In 2006 Jinske had the unique opportunity to help develop the Private International Law Centre in Brussels, which gives advice and does policy work in the field of private international law in family matters. In January 2009, she returned to the Ghent University and obtained in 2012 her doctoral degree on The Belgian Code of Private International Law in family matters. Since 2014 she is Professor of Law at the Ghent University, lecturing private international law and international family law. Jinske Verhellen has published on various aspects of private international law, international family law, migration and nationality law.