Gert Straetmans

Gert Straetmans (Dr.iur. University of Leuven, 1997) is Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp. He teaches commercial law (including intellectual property law and competition law) and advanced courses on European free movement law and unfair commercial practices law.  He is the Director of the Consumer Law Institute (University of Antwerp and Ghent University) and Substitute Judge at the Court of Appeal in Antwerp. He served as Dean of the Law Faculty (2008-2012) and was a member of the Research Group on the Existing EC Private Law (Acquis Group). He was the Belgian expert involved in the European Consumer Compendium Group (2006-2013), and participates as a senior expert in a number of research projects financed by the European Commission, including the recent consumer database project. He is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for European Integration Studies at the Rheinischen-Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, where he also lectured on European law as a staff member (2000-2014).


He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and acted as General Reporter on Information Obligations and Disinformation of Consumers (2018-2019). He has longstanding expertise in commercial/economic law, competition law, European substantive law and (European) consumer law. Prior to his appointment in Antwerp he lectured on European law and competition law, as a staff member of the University of Leiden. He also lectures on a regular basis at the University of Toulouse I Capitole. He is the author of numerous publications in the fields of EU Law and Belgian commercial and consumer law.