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Stefaan Van den Bogaert

Professor European Law

Prof.mr. S.C.G. Van den Bogaert
+31 71 527 7373

Stefaan Van den Bogaert (1973) became Professor of European Law and Director of the Europa Institute at Leiden University in 2009.

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Stefaan Van den Bogaert (1973) became Professor of European Law and Director of the Europa Institute at Leiden University in 2009.

Van den Bogaert also lectures in European Sports Law on the Postgraduate Sports Management programme at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a member of the editorial board of the Common Market Law Review and is also a staff member of the Nederlands Juristenblad (Netherlands Law Journal).

Education and background

Van den Bogaert studied law at the Catholic University of Leuven. He did the Erasmus programme Social Security in Europe at the University of Osnabrück. He holds an LLM in European and Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge. In 2003 he obtained a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence with a thesis on the regulation of the mobility of sportsmen in the European Union in the post-Bosman era.  

Van den Bogaert previously worked as a research assistant at the Department of European Social Security of the Institute of Social Law at the Catholic University of Leuven (1996-1997).  He was a trainee at the Sports Unit of DG Education and Culture of the European Commission where he was involved in the reform of the FIFA transfer system for professional footballers. From 2003 to 2009 he was affiliated to the University of Maastricht as a lecturer and associate professor in European Law.  From 2010 to 2020 he was Head of the Department of European Law at Leiden Law School, Leiden University. In 2020 he became Academic Director of the Institute of Public Law in Leiden. From January 2021 to June 2023, Van den Bogaert was vice-dean and portfolio holder for research of the faculty. In May and June 2023, he was also acting dean of the faculty.


Van den Bogaert lectures in European Law in the bachelor’s programme Rechtsgeleerdheid (Law), the master’s programme European law and the Advanced LLM programme European and International Business Law. In 2013 he taught the first Massive Open Online Course on European Law, The Law of the European Union: An Introduction, which was followed worldwide by students from more than 150 countries.


Van den Bogaert has published extensively in the field of European Law. His main areas of expertise are internal market law, competition law, the EMU, the institutional aspects of the EU, Brexit, and sport. A commercial edition of his PhD thesis was published in the European Monograph Series of Kluwer Law International in 2005. In 2012 he wrote the supplement The Netherlands & EU law for the book EU Law: Text. Cases & Materials of Craig and de Burca (Oxford University Press). He is one of the editors of the book The Law of the European Union (formerly Kapteyn & VerLoren van Themaat, 5th edition, published in 2018 by Kluwer Law International), in which he wrote chapters on freedom of goods, services, establishment and capital. Van den Bogaert supervises several PhD candidates conducting research on European law, and is frequently a member of PhD committees in the Netherlands and abroad. He also provides advice on European law to European institutions, governments, and private parties. 

Professor European Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Europees Recht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B1.25



  • Europa Instituut Directeur
  • Postgraduaat Sportmanagement Vrije Universiteit Brussel Gasthoogleraar Europees sportrecht
  • Common Market Law Review Redactielid
  • Nederlands Juristenblad Medewerker
  • Institute of Anglo-American Law Bestuurslid
  • Publieke overheden (EU en nationaal) en private partijen incidentele adviesverlening EU recht
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