Bart Van Vooren is Assistant Professor of European Law and Integration at the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen. Prior to this appointment in August 2010, he succesfully defended his PhD at the law department of the European University Institute, written under the excellent guidance of Prof. Marise Cremona. His doctoral thesis is published with Routledge, and takes a legal perspective to the EU's enigmatic 'single voice' in international relations, employing the European Neighbourhood Policy as a case-study. The external examiners on the jury were Professors Panos Koutrakos and Ramses Wessel.
Prior to completing his PhD, he received his first law degree with great distinction from Ghent University (Belgium) in 2005, where he specialized in international public law and EU Law. His two MA theses at Ghent University concerned respectively constitutional questions related to the 2000 Bush v. Gore judgment, and free movement of persons under the EU-Turkey association agreement. That year he also participated in the P. C. Jessup international law moot court competition, with his team winning the Belgian national round to go on to the international rounds in Washington D.C. Finally, during his five years of legal studies in Ghent he held various positions as student representative - most notably the Social Council of Ghent University (2003-2004).
Having completed his studies in Belgium, Bart moved to New York where he received an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law, supported by a scholarship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. At NYU, he worked as a research assistant for Prof. Mattias Kumm in the field of EU law, and a teaching assistant for legal theory. After completing his LL.M. Bart worked as 'adviser' at the Belgian Permanent Representation to the UN for several months, following up ECOSOC and Security Council issues.
He subsequently moved from New York to Italy to start his PhD research in September 2006 at the European University Institute. At the institute he was active as a representative of the researchers, and served as member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Legal Studies for two years, serving as its Editor-in-Chief during 2007.
His hobbies are photography, tasting wine, cooking and staring at a computer screen.