Dr Kurt Deketelaere is since 2009 the Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He is also a full professor of law at the University of Leuven in Belgium and a visiting professor of law at the University of Helsinki in Finland. He is a specialist in EU research, innovation, education, energy, environment and climate change policy and law. Kurt is also a(n advisory) board member in several companies and institutions in the Benelux and the UK.
For his leadership in EU research, innovation and education policy, Kurt was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh on 6 July 2017, the (first) \”Scaliger Medal\” by Leiden University on 19 September 2017 and the \”Gold Medal\” by Charles University (Prague) on 24 September 2021. He received, for LERU, the University Medal of the University of Geneva on 11 October 2019. For his academic work, he was awarded on 21 August 2012 the Hou-De Honorary Chair at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, and has been a visiting and/or honorary professor of law at the Universities of London, Sydney, Macquarie, Singapore, Malta, Dundee, Keio and Chuo.