Stefanie François is part of our Environment & Planning team and focuses on EU environmental regulations, complex development projects and litigation.
Stefanie has a strong expertise in all matters regarding EU environmental regulations in general and has a particular interest in issues relating to nature conservation, waste, soil contamination and Environmental Impact Assessments. She is well-versed in complex (re)development, infrastructure and energy projects in the Flemish and Brussels-Capital Regions for which she also handles matters regarding urban zoning and planning, permits, expropriation, etc. Her vast experience in this scope of matters is also reflected in her ability to litigate before national civil and administrative courts, the Constitutional Court, and the European Court of Justice. In addition, Stefanie is very skilled in drafting legislative texts and regulations for various authorities. She was also seconded to the legal department of an electricity transmission system operator (once to twice a week for eight months) where she assisted them in environmental and planning matters.
Stefanie is the author of various publications on environmental law and town and country planning. In addition, she is a regular guest speaker at seminars on spatial planning and environmental regulations.
Stefanie graduated in law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2012 and completed the Erasmus exchange program at the University of Malta in 2011. Stefanie joined the Brussels office of Stibbe in 2012 and completed the Stibbe MBA Highlights Programme at INSEAD in 2018.