Danny Pieters


Danny Pieters

Monday, April 4th, 2011 - 13:51

Danny Pieters is Ordinary Professor for Comparative and European Social Security Law at the K.U.Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven). A former research fellow at the universities of Cologne and Strasbourg, Professor Pieters has taught at the University of Tilburg (1986 through 1991). Since 1995 he has served as Secretary-General of the European Institute of Social Security, a scientific organization with more than 400 members across Europe. In 2010 he was elected senator and subsequently speaker of the Senate of Belgium.

Professor Pieters is director of the Research Unit on European Social Security, which is the European section of the Institute of Social Law. The latter was founded in 1967 as part of the law faculty of the K.U.Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) and coordinates all aspects related to lectures and seminars in social law. It has an extensive research unit exploring the actual themes in the field of comparative, European, and international social security (law), welfare law, and information technology in the field of social security.

He has vast experience in training projects as well as research projects concerning social protection throughout Europe. He regularly acted as consultant for the institutions of the EU, the Council of Europe, and many national administrations and governments. He is program director of the Master in European Social Security, which is a multidisciplinary, multinational postgraduate study organized at the K.U.Leuven. It provides students with an in-depth study of social protection from a legal, economic, sociological, administrative, and philosophical perspective.

Professor Pieters is the author of several books and articles in the field of European and comparative social security law. His bibliography contains more than 250 publications.

He received his doctorate in law on a research theme related to the comparative analysis of the social rights embodied in European constitutions.