Christophe Lemmens studied law at the University of Antwerp (cum laude). During his final year of his law studies he conducted research on nosocomial infections in hospitals as an aspiring assistant. In 2013 he obtained a doctoral degree at the University of Antwerpen with a thesis headed “Voorafgaande wilsverklaringen met betrekking tot het levenseinde” (advance directives concerning the end of life). In 2014 this doctoral thesis was awarded the biennial Scientific Prize for Health Law André Prims. Since 2013 Christophe is member of the Leuven Bar and joined our law firm. Since 2020 he is a partner of our law firm.
He has a broad orientation in health law and in the meantime he is keen to learn more about new subdomains. From his academic background he is specialized in patients' rights and obligations and in medical liability, including the fund for medical accidents. Besides he built a unique expertise in administrative health law (among others constitutional distribution of competences), care networks, setting up cooperation structures, corporate healthcare and healthcare governance.
Since 2014 Christophe is visiting professor at the University of Antwerpen where he lectures the module patients' rights in the postgraduate program in Health Law and Medical Ethics (Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair-Ahlec). On a regular basis he gives lectures at home and abroad and writes scientific articles on different themes.
In 2008, during the World Congress on Medical Law held in Beijing, Christophe was pronounced the first laureate of the Young Researchers Forum. In 2011 he obtained, as only laureate in the subdomain of social and human sciences, a grant to stimulate young researchers from the Research Council of the University of Antwerp.
Christophe was named an effective member of the Federal Control and Evaluation Commission on Euthanasia by Royal Decree of 18 April 2017.