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Baron Koen Lenaerts (Dutch: [kuːn ˈleːnaːrts]; born 20 December 1954 in Mortsel) is a Belgian Professor of European Law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Judge of the European Court of Justice. He was a member of the Coudenberg group, a Belgian federalist think tank.
He obtained a Candidat en droit (summa cum laude) in 1974 at the Facultés universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP). In 1977, he graduated as a licentiate in law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (summa cum laude, with special congratulations of the Jury). He graduated as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 1978 at Harvard University (USA) and in 1979 as a Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) at Harvard University. In 1982, he obtained a Ph.D. in Law 1982 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with a comparative study analysing the constitutional case-law of the European Court of Justice and the American Supreme Court.
Since 1983, he has been Professor of European Law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, since 1990 with the title of buitengewoon hoogleraar. He is director of the Institute of European Law of the university. From 1989 until 6 October 2003 he was Judge of the European Court of First Instance (now known as the General Court), and since 7 October 2003 he has been a Judge at the European Court of Justice, where he became vice-president in 2012. From 1984 until 1989, he was Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. From 1984 until 1985, he was Law clerk to Judge René Joliet at the Court of Justice of the European Communities. From 1986 until 1989, he was a Member of the Brussels Bar acting as attorney in the European Court of Justice, on behalf of the Belgian state. He was made an Honorary Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple, London, in 2010.
In 2004 Lenaerts was ennobled a baron.
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- "New Members Of The Court Of Justice Of The European Communities And Of The Court Of First Instance Of The European Communities". Curia: Court of Justice of the European Union. 7 October 2003. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
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