Institute of Global Law

Institute of Global Law

Visiting Professor


  • Doctor in law, Ghent University (1967)
  • LLM, Harvard Law School (1968)
  • Ph. D. in civil law with a thesis on "Het aansprakelijkheidsrecht als sanctie tegen de verstoring van het leefmilieu" (tort law as a sanction against the disturbance of the environment), Ghent University law school (1978)

Academic functions

  • Professor at Ghent University Law School, presently in charge of the courses on Law of obligations, tort law (2nd year) , advanced study of tort law (fifth year), and private comparative tort law (LLM-Programme in European and Comparative Law)
  • Chairman of the Department of Civil Law (1992-)
  • Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Faculty and Faculty Socrates Co-Ordinator (2000-)
  • Director of the LLM-programme in European and comparative Law (2000-
  • Dean of the Ghent Law School (1994-1998)
  • Director of the Center for Environmental Law (1992-2000)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Ghent University (1992-1994)
  • Director of the Faculty Library (1990-1994)
  • Director of the Seminar for Environmental Law (1988-1992)
  • Academic Secretary of the Faculty (1987-1989)
  • Director of the Seminar for Civil and Comparative Law (1983-1991)
  • Associate Professor at the Ghent University (1980)
  • Member of doctoral commissions at Ghent University, KU.L, U.I.A., U.C.L, V.U.B, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • Guest lectures and conferences at the law schools of U.L.B., U.I.A., K.U.L., V.U.B., Paris I, Leiden, Edinburgh, London (Queen Mary College), Rotterdam, Pittsburgh, Shanghai, Chongqing.
  • Promotor of research projects on liability law and environmental law financed by the European Union, the D.W.T.C., the Ministry of the Flemish Region, OVAM, the F.W.O., and Ghent University.

Other professional activities

  • Advisory work, especially to the federal and Flemish government on matters of liability law and environmental liability law
  • UNEP- expert for the preparation of the liability protocol to the Basel convention; member of the Belgian delegation at Geneva for the negotiations with respect to this protocol and to the liability protocol to the Helsinki Convention (1993-2002)
  • Associate, Cleary, Gottllieb, Steen & Hamilton, Brussels-New-York (1969-1970)
  • Member of the Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences of Belgium (1995-)
  • Member of the Jury of the F. Collin Prize, the Elisabeth Haub Prize for environmental law, the VDK-prize for the Environment; Chairman of the jury for the quinquennial Scientific prize of the Turnhout notaries
  • Member of the Association for the Comparative Study of the law in Belgium and the Netherlands and of the editorial boards of the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (Gent) and the Tijdschrift voor Milieurecht (Gent)
  • Chairman of the Working Party on Liability and Insurance for Pollution, Products and New Technologies of the Association Internationale du Droit des Assurances (1995-2002)
  • Co-founder and Chairman of the Belgian Association of Environmental Law (1985-1997)
  • Chairman of the Interuniversity Commission for the Restatement of Environmental Law in the Flemish Region (1989-1995)


  • Prize of the Stichting Leefmilieu (1980)
  • Elisabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Law (U.L.B. and the International union for the Conservation of nature (1991)

See Professor Bocken's publications

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