Lawyer Categories: PENALE

Lauren Raeymakers obtained her Master of Laws degree with distinction from the University of Antwerp (UA) in June 2022. During her studies, she developed a particular interest in criminal (procedure) law and labour law.

She wrote her master’s thesis on the decriminalisation of abortion.

In September 2022, she took her oath at the Antwerp Bar and joined STUDIO | LEGALE, where she will join the team of STUDIO | PENALE Criminal Lawyers.

Ms. Raeymakers will further immerse herself in criminal (procedure) law during her bar internship.

She speaks and writes Dutch, French and English fluently.

Koen De Backer was awarded a Masters of Law degree cum laude in 2017 at the University of Antwerp (UA). He combined this study with his job as secretary at the public prosecutor’s office of the Antwerp Court of Appeal, where he worked as head of the administrative support unit of Attorney-General of Antwerp. His 11 years of experience at the Public Prosecutor’s Office, where he closely followed developments in criminal procedural law and criminal law on a daily basis, enabled him to develop special expertise in this area. On 1 September 2017, he switched from the public prosecutor’s office to the legal profession as a lawyer, where he mainly handles cases in criminal and procedural law. He obtained the certificate for Criminal Cassation proceedings and he completed the Supralat training on providing assistance during police detention and in police interrogations. Furthermore, he is the author of various academic publications.

He fluently speaks and writes Dutch, French and English.

Jens Vanhellemont started his Law Studies at the University of Antwerp (UA) after completing his bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (2013). During his master’s years he specialised in Criminal Law, the Law of Criminal Procedure and Company Law. While writing his master thesis (“The right to have witnesses questioned in the light of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights”), he studied Criminal Law and the Law of Criminal Procedure more closely. Jens Vanhellemont was awarded a Master of Laws degree cum laude by the University of Antwerp (UA) in July 2017. In September 2017, he was sworn in as a lawyer at the Bar of Antwerp and commenced his internship with STUDIO | LEGALE, where he mainly deals with Criminal Law and the Law of Criminal Procedure cases. He obtained the certificate for Criminal Cassation proceedings and he completed the Supralat training on providing assistance during police detention and in police interrogations.

He fluently speaks and writes Dutch, French and English.

Christian Clement completed his Law studies cum laude at the Universities of Antwerp (UFSIA and UIA). He studied for six months at the German Universität Trier in the context of an Erasmus project. He acquired his love for the oral plea in general and in criminal cases in particular during his internship. He also completed a Company Law post-graduate programme. In 2003 Christian CLEMENT continued his practice independently, which consisted for the most part of criminal proceedings. He already defended numerous cases for the Court of “Assisen” for offenders as well as for victims and their families. He is co-founder and associate of STUDIO | LEGALE. He is a member of the Criminal Law Committee as well as the Legal Aid Mixed Commission of the Flemish Bar Council. He is also a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Christian CLEMENT is holder of the Special Training Certificate for Belgian Criminal Cassation Proceedings. He is a Supralat-tutor for providing assistance during police custody and police interrogations.

He fluently speaks and writes Dutch, French, English.

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