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Our public and administrative law department advises its clients in their best interests on all aspects of public and administrative law and represents them before all bodies, such as the Constitutional Court, the Council of State and the law courts.

Our expertise covers all matters related to public and administrative law: general administrative litigation, civil service, education, public health, public property law, local authorities, police and administrative sanctions, use of languages, town planning, environment, local and regional tax systems, public contracts, authorization litigation, liability of the public authorities, etc.

Our clients include both private individuals and legal entities under private and public law.

All of the lawyers in the public law and administrative law department have had specialist training in public law and have in-depth knowledge of these areas of the law.  

Most of them have university appointments and closely follow legal developments, in particular by regularly contributing to such developments as experts for the national parliaments and governments.

Finally, the department is multilingual and assists its clients in French, Dutch, English and Italian.

General administrative litigation

Suspension and annulment requests before the Council of State, administrative cassation, requests for compensation, etc.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Damien Jans
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Civil service law

Disputes over appointments  – recruitments and promotions -, administrative and financial status, disciplinary sanctions and measures, administrative positions, termination of duties.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Education

Appeal against refusal to appoint, disciplinary status, financial status, special expertise in art education.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Public health

Appeals against legislative and administrative public health standards; appeals against decisions of the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (in particular refusal to grant administrative authorizations and decisions to grant and/or refuse authorization to transfer pharmaceutical dispensaries).

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Public property law

Appeals against administrative sanctions related to housing, appeals against refusal to grant relocation or renovation allowance, etc..

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Damien Jans
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Local authorities

Guardianship litigation; status of authorised representatives and local agents; police regulations; local taxation; expropriation procedure; municipalities with facilities.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Damien Jans
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Police and administrative sanctions

Appeals against administrative police regulations and decrees or administrative sanctions; police zones litigation.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Damien Jans
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Use of languages

Litigation concerning municipalities with facilities, etc.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Public contracts

Suspension requests before the Council of State against decisions to award public contracts.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • François Libert
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Authorization litigation

Appeals against decisions to refuse authorization and licences (gaming and betting, imports, etc.).

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Damien Jans
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Liability of the public authorities

Liability action against the public authorities before the courts; requests for compensation before the Council of State.

  • Jérôme Sohier
  • Damien Jans
  • Manoël De Keukelaere

Distribution of federal and federated competences

Belgium is an extremely complex federal State. The State, the Communities and the Regions all claim the authority to resolve this or that issue or, on the contrary, all believe that something does not fall within their jurisdiction.

The department assists the political communities in resolving these constitutional disputes.

  • Damien Jans

Fundamental rights

Belgium grants fundamental rights to all those within its borders, also protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Some of these rights are reserved for Belgians and certain foreigners, such as the right to vote.

Others are offered to all. Amongst these are freedom of expression, religion and the press, the right to the protection of a healthy environment, the right to work, the right to a fair trial, etc.

Our department defends the fundamental rights of its clients before the courts and tribunals, the Constitutional Court, the Council of State, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. We also collaborate with our other departments when these rights are threatened in their particular field.

  • Damien Jans
  • Jérôme Sohier

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