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5/8-9/8 | Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: a Human Rights Perspective | Summer Course | Radboud University, Nijmegen | more info.


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Leuven Centre for Public Law (KU Leuven) | Leuven, Belgium | Affiliate Senior Researcher | 01/09/2018-present

Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht (TBP) | Belgium | Member Editorial Board, Chronicle on Education Law | 2014-present

Université de Namur, Faculté de Droit | Namur, Belgium | Maître de conférences: "Bijzondere vraagstukken staats- en bestuursrecht" | 01/02/2019-31/08/2019


Areas of specialization

  • Education law, freedom of education
  • Constitutional law, federalism
  • Discrimination law, LGBTI+ rights


Johan Lievens holds an LL.M. (Masters of Law) from Harvard Law School (2016), and a MA-degree in Law from KU Leuven (2013, magna cum laude). He was staying at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (France) as an Erasmus student in 2011-2012. He got his PhD in 2018 from KU Leuven with a dissertation on the meaning and scope of active educational freedom and its impact on Flemish education policy (the commercial version of which can be found here).


At VU Amsterdam, Johan Lievens is mainly involved in classes on constitutional law: "Beginselen staatsrecht" (BA1) and "Staatsrecht" (BA3).

Together with Frank van Ommeren he coaches the VU student team in the two-yearly "Studentenparlement", a simulation of the legislative process in the Dutch parliament in which teams of different law faculties around the country compete in negotiating, drafting legislation and debating.

Johan Lievens is a guest lecturer on topics related to education law (educational freedom, religious classes, religious symbols), discrimination law (LGBT+ rights) and federalism.

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Research Output 2014 2019

Annotatie bij HvJ EU 5 juni 2018 (Zo zijn we niet getrouwd?)

Cannoot, P. & Lievens, J., 23 Feb 2019, 4 p.. No. C-673/16, Coman, Jun 05, 2018. (Rechtskundig Weekblad ; vol. 82, no. 26)

Research output: Case NoteCase noteAcademic

Blijft het parlement bij de (godsdienst)les?

Lievens, J. & Overbeeke, A. J., 17 May 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

Open Access

Brussels belangenconflict: een les in onwijs onderwijsbeleid

Lievens, J., 14 Jan 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Open Access

De Brusselse bevoegdheidsknoop: de touwtjes ontward?

Lievens, J. & Reybrouck, K., 8 May 2019

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic

Open Access

De modernisering van het secundair onderwijs: oude wijn in nieuwe zakken?

Lievens, J., Jan 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor onderwijsrecht en onderwijsbeleid. 3, p. 185-197 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Activities 2018 2019

Catholic Shools: The Perspective of a Legal Dwarf at the Place de la Liberté

Johan Lievens (Speaker)
3 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Equality: Same-Sex Family Rights

Johan Lievens (Speaker)
13 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Street law @ VU: learning through teaching

Johan Lievens (Speaker)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: a Human Rights Perspective

Johan Lievens (Speaker), Nele Verbrugghe (Speaker)
5 Aug 20199 Aug 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Gastcollege: levensbeschouwelijk onderricht in Vlaanderen

Kurt Willems (Speaker), Johan Lievens (Speaker)
23 Apr 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Weigering erkenningsaanvraag Islamitisch Selamcollege Genk.

Johan Lievens


4 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Onderwijsdoelen: afwijkingsaanvraag steinerscholen

Johan Lievens


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Uitspraak Rechtbank Leuven over verbod religieuze kentekens voor leerlingen.

Johan Lievens


3 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Grondwetsherziening: onderwijsvrijheid

Johan Lievens


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Johan Lievens promoveert op doctoraatsproefschrift over onderwijsvrijheid

Johan Lievens


8 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment