Kristof Van Assche

Kristof Van Assche (Ghent, Belgium, 1974) holds Master’s degrees in Law (1997), Moral Sciences (2001) and Philosophy (2003) and a PhD in Philosop Kristof hy (2010) from Ghent University. In 2014 he obtained a PhD in Law from the Free University of Brussels, focusing on the legal and ethical aspects of the commodification, including the commercialisation, of human body material in the context of organ transfer and biobank research, in order to deepen the understanding of the principles that should inform regulation. 

From September to December 2011, he did a traineeship at the Department of Bioethics of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg). From April 2012 to March 2014 he was seconded to the Council of Europe’s Bioethics Department (Strasbourg, France) as project manager entrusted with the re-examination of Recommendation Rec(2006)4 on Research on Biological Materials of Human Origin. In addition, he participated in the activities of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Bioethics in the field of transplantation.

In October 2014, he joined the Bioethics Institute Ghent (Ghent University) as a postdoctoral fellow on a grant awarded by the Research Council of Ghent University. His current research, for which he collaborates with Prof. Sigrid Sterckx (Bioethics Institute Ghent) and Prof. Thierry Vansweevelt (Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp), focuses on the ethical and legal aspects of living organ donation.

He is also a member of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, a member of the Ethics Committee of The Transplantation Society, and a member of the working group on Living Organ Donation of the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of organ Transplantation (ELPAT), an organisation set up under the auspices of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT).

Kristof co-lectures a course in Bioethics to biotechnologists, biochemist and biologists.


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Room 110.007

Dept. of Philosophy and Moral Sciences

Ghent University

Blandijnberg 2

9000 Ghent