>>>Walter Van Steenbrugge
Walter Van Steenbrugge 2019-09-19T14:47:39+00:00

Equity Partner
Walter Van Steenbrugge is the co-founder of the firm along with Jo Van Acker. His characteristic drive helps define its style. Walter Van Steenbrugge works on sports and criminal cases.

Walter Van Steenbrugge

criminal and sports law

Walter Van Steenbrugge is a national and international criminal lawyer with a reputation stretching back three decades as a champion of fundamental human rights, for both victims and perpetrators of crime. He spares no effort: his approach is to treat each case as if it concerned himself or a member of his own family.

His broad outlook has also led to involvement in other disciplines. For example, he set up the Forensic Competence Center (FCC), a team of specialists from various fields (psychiatry, psychology, neurology, moral philosophy and communication sciences) that meets on the firm’s premises to consider cases together with its criminal lawyers.

Cases are often conducted before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) or the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Recently, in June 2019, the firm achieved a considerable success before the United Nations in connection with illegal detentions and abductions of Gülenists in Turkey.

Walter Van Steenbrugge is also a specialist in sports law. He provides legal assistance to athletes and clubs, both in and out of court. This of course includes giving advice to sports associations involved in disputes and to individual athletes who need to negotiate their contract, but Walter Van Steenbrugge has also made a name for himself in high-profile national and international sports cases relating to doping and other matters. He defends professional and amateur athletes and supporters facing proceedings under sport sanctions law.

The word and the pen are the trusty tools of his trade, and he pleads in Dutch and French. Walter Van Steenbrugge is also the author of various books, legal contributions, blogs and opinion pieces. He speaks at workshops, gives lectures and takes part in public debates about justice.

From 1 October 2019, Walter Van Steenbrugge will be supervising students from Ghent University Law Faculty in the ‘human rights legal clinic’, a joint venture that is being set up with Ghent University.

Diploma

Licentiaat in de Rechten, Universiteit Gent, 1987

Stageplaats

Advocatenkantoor Luc Van Den Bossche

Ervaring

Ingeschreven aan de Balie van Gent sinds 1987
Lid van de Commissie Strafprocesrecht van de Orde van Vlaamse Balies

Specialisaties

Bijstand aan daders en slachtoffers van misdrijven
Nationaal en internationaal strafrecht
Mensenrechten
Ondernemingsstrafrecht
Drugszaken
Assisenzaken
Sportrecht
Dopingzaken
Sportsanctierecht
Tuchtrecht

Degrees and qualifications

Licentiate degree in law, Ghent University, 1987

Internships

Luc Van Den Bossche law firm

Experience

Registered at the Ghent Bar since 1987

Member of the Criminal Procedure Committee of the Flemish Bar Association

Specialisations

Legal advice for perpetrators and victims of crime

National and international criminal law

Human rights

Criminal business law

Drugs cases

Assizes cases

Sports law

Doping cases

Sport sanctions law

Disciplinary law

Languages

Dutch, French, English

Andere

Docent strafrecht en strafprocesrecht in de beroepsopleiding voor advocaten van de Orde van Vlaamse Balies
Gastdocent aan verschillende universiteiten, hogescholen en middelbare en lagere scholen
Gastdocent in de permante vorming van de Universiteit Gent en Arteveldehogeschool over Forensische Gedragswetenschappen
Docent aan de Nationale Politieschool
Auteur van blogs (deredactie.be) en opiniestukken
Auteur van meerdere juridische bijdragen en boeken
Vaste columnist voor het vakblad Sport & Strategie (sportenstrategie.nl)
Spreker op studiedagen, geeft regelmatig voordrachten en neemt deel aan publieke debatten

Other

Lecturer in criminal law and criminal procedure on the Flemish Bar Association’s professional training programme for lawyers

Guest lecturer at various universities, colleges and secondary and primary schools

Guest lecturer in forensic behavioural sciences on the continuing education programme of Ghent University and Artevelde University College

Lecturer at the National Police School

Author of blogs (deredactie.be) and opinion pieces

Author of multiple legal contributions and books

Permanent columnist for the journal Sport & Strategie (sportenstrategie.nl)

Speaker at workshops, regularly gives presentations and takes part in public debates

Legal contributions

Contribution to Het geweten van onze strafpleiters (‘The conscience of our criminal lawyers’), Margot Vanderstraeten, Linkeroever Uitgevers, 2011.
Rechtertje spelen kan net zo min in de sport. Analyse van de uitspraak van de kortgedingrechter te Brussel d.d. 14 december 2009 in de zaak Wickmayer en Malisse (‘Playing at judges: unacceptable in sport too. Analysis of the ruling in summary proceedings in Brussels in the Wickmayer and Malisse case on 14 December 2009’), TSP 2010, no. 1, 8-13.
Slachtoffer van sportagressie: Gevaar niet enkel op het veld maar ook op de rechtbank? (‘Victim of sporting aggression: Danger in court as well as on the pitch?’), TSP 2010, no. 2, 8-13.
In memoriam Jan Wauters 12 jun 2010, TSP 2010, no. 3, 3.
Het WADA [World Anti Doping Agency] en haar zucht naar macht: maar wat met de sporter? (‘WADA and its desire for power: where does it leave the athlete?’), TSP 2010, no. 5, 35-39.
Het wetsontwerp internering: het lijden eindelijk verlicht? (‘The detention bill: suffering finally relieved?’), Fatik 2007, no. 114, 16-20, A. De Clerck and W. Van Steenbrugge.
Waar justitie in België écht voor staat. Over splitsingsscenario’s en echte oplossingen (‘What justice in Belgium really stands for. Break-up scenarios and real solutions’), in X., Waar België voor staat: een Toekomstvisie (‘What Belgium stands for: a vision of the future’), G. Buelens, J. Goossens, D. Van Reybrouck (eds.), Meulenhoff/Manteau, 2007.
Contribution in Orde van de Dag, Subject: Internering – Ontgrendeld (‘Detention – Unlocked’), 2005, Academia Press.
Geïnterneerden en mensenrechten (‘Detainees and human rights’), in X., Vrijheden en vrijheidsbeneming. Mensenrechten van gedetineerden (‘Liberties and deprivation of liberty. Prisoners’ human rights’), E. Brems et al. (eds.), Intensentia, Antwerp, 2005, 307-322.
De internering van delinquenten met een geestesstoornis. Enkele beschouwingen bij het voorontwerp van wet, in het licht van artikel 6 van het EVRM-verdrag (‘The detention of offenders with a psychological disorder. Some reflections on the draft bill in light of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights’), Orde van de dag 2001, no. 15, 61-68.
Enkele overwegingen bij de Wet Franchimont (‘Some reflections on the Franchimont Law’), Ad Rem 2004.
Assisenprocedure: pro vs. contra (‘Assizes proceedings: pro and con’), Ad Rem 2004, no. 1, 39-45, J. De Man, H. Diependaele, M. Geyskens, W. Mertens, J. Swennen, W. Van Steenbrugge, P. Van Eeckhaut.
Beschouwingen omtrent de wet van 11 juli 1994 betreffende de versnelling en de modernisering van de strafrechtspleging (‘Reflections on the Law of 11 July 1994 on the acceleration and modernisation of criminal justice proceedings’), Ex.Crim. 1994, no. 16.

Books

  1. Van Steenbrugge, Schuld en Boete: graag zonder blinddoek (‘Crime and Punishment: no blindfold, please’), Academia Press, 2018.
    W. Van Steenbrugge, Straffen op Mensenmaat (‘Sentencing on a human scale’), Uitgeverij Luster, 2012.
    W. Van Steenbrugge, La parôle est libre, la plume aussi … (‘Speech is free, and so is the pen…’), 2008.
    W. Van Steenbrugge, De Affaire Justitie (‘The Justice Case’), Meulenhoff/Manteau, 2007.

Contact

0032 (0)9 269 10 69
walter.vansteenbrugge@vsadvocaten.be
personal assistant: Louise Verhelst, louise.verhelst@vsadvocaten.be – 0032 (0)9 269 10 61