Jan Bouckaert

I am Jan Bouckaert
Environment and Planning specialist
Public Law specialist

Jan Bouckaert

Jan is the head of our planning & environment practice group in Brussels, primarily concentrating on environmental protection law.

Jan’s core practice centres on European and international environmental law, Belgian environmental law, zoning and planning, nuclear law and expropriation. Furthermore, he deals with cases concerning human rights (ECHR), constitutional and administrative law. Jan has experience in drafting laws and regulatory texts for public authorities in Belgium. 

Jan is member of the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Omgevingsrecht, the Belgische Vereniging voor Agrarisch Recht, the Genootschap voor Publiekrechtelijke Advocaten and Milieuforum (Environmental forum). He is also member of the executive board of the VVOR (Flemish Association of Environmental Law) and of the editorial staff of the journal C.D.P.K. Chroniques de Droit Public and TROS (Tijdschrift voor Ruimtelijke Ordening en Stedenbouw).

Jan holds a master's degree in European law from the University of Brussels (ULB) (1990).

  • Languages: Dutch, French, English, German
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 1990
  • Partner since: 2000

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14.08.2019 BE law
Verklaring van openbaar nut is geen "project" in de zin van de MER-regelgeving

Articles - In een recent arrest bevestigt de Raad van State dat "verklaringen van openbaar nut", bedoeld in artikel 10 van de wet van 12 april 1965 betreffende het vervoer van gasachtige produkten en andere door middel van leidingen niet onder het begrip "project" uit de project-MER-regelgeving valt. Of hetzelfde geldt voor elk type gelijkaardige administratieve toelating, is daarmee evenwel nog niet gezegd. Niettemin geeft de Raad met zijn arrest een belangrijk signaal dat niet elke mogelijke toelating onder de project-MER-regelgeving valt.

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27.09.2019 BE law
Des renforts européens pour les forêts?

Articles - A l’heure où la déforestation de nos forêts bat son plein – pensons par exemple à la forêt amazonienne, les forêts de Madagascar ou encore la forêt Bialowieza - la Commission européenne a annoncé en juillet dernier son intention de renforcer l'action de l'UE en matière de protection et de restauration des forêts à travers le monde en s’attaquant à la fois à l'offre et à la demande. Elle définit ainsi une liste d'actions, ouvrant la voie à l'examen et à l'adoption de mesures supplémentaires.

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11.09.2019 EU law
Legal trend: climate change litigation

Articles - Climate change cases can occur in many shapes and forms. One well-known example is the Urgenda case in which the The Hague Court condemned the Dutch government in 2015 for not taking adequate measures to combat the consequences of climate change. Three years later, the Court of Justice of The Hague  upheld this decision, and it is now pending before the Dutch Supreme Court. This case is expected to set a precedent for Belgium, i.a. Since both the Belgian climate case and the Urgenda case are in their final stages of proceedings, this blog provides you with an update on climate change litigation.

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17.07.2019 BE law
EU Single-Use Plastics Directive is now in force: brief recap

Articles - Plastic is a significant and growing global concern. A recent study commissioned by WWF and carried out by the University of Newcastle, Australia, suggests that people are consuming around 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic every week (which is approximately 5 grams of plastic, the weight of a credit card).  In this context, the EU adopted a new directive aiming at tackling marine litter generated from 10 single-use plastic products and from abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics. This is called the Single-Use Plastics Directive and has entered into force this month, on 2 July 2019.

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