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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.
Civil service law
Disputes over appointments – recruitments and promotions -, administrative and financial status, disciplinary sanctions and measures, administrative positions, termination of duties.
Appeal against refusal to appoint, disciplinary status, financial status, special expertise in art education.
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).
Public property law
Appeals against administrative sanctions related to housing, appeals against refusal to grant relocation or renovation allowance, etc..
Guardianship litigation; status of authorised representatives and local agents; police regulations; local taxation; expropriation procedure; municipalities with facilities.
Police and administrative sanctions
Appeals against administrative police regulations and decrees or administrative sanctions; police zones litigation.
Use of languages
Litigation concerning municipalities with facilities, etc.
Suspension requests before the Council of State against decisions to award public contracts.
Appeals against decisions to refuse authorization and licences (gaming and betting, imports, etc.).
Liability of the public authorities
Liability action against the public authorities before the courts; requests for compensation before the Council of State.
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.
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.