Jinske Verhellen studied law and anthropology. She has always combined these two disciplines in her work, both in academia and in practice (as an attorney, as a staff member of the Ghent City contact point for discrimination reports, etc.). In 2006, Jinske Verhellen had the unique opportunity to help establish the Private International Law Centre in Brussels (now part of the Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering), which gives advice and does policy work in the field of private international law in family matters. In January 2009, she returned to Ghent University, where in 2012 she obtained her doctoral degree on The Belgian Code of Private International Law in family matters (financed by the Research Foundation – Flanders). Since 2014, she is a Professor of Law at Ghent University, lecturing private international law and international family law. She is also a promotor of the Ghent University interfaculty research group CESSMIR (Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees) and chairperson of the Diversity Commission of the Ghent Faculty of Law and Criminology. Jinske Verhellen has published on various aspects of private international law, international family law, migration law, and nationality law. She is currently the chief editor of the Belgian Private International Law Journal (Tijdschrift@ipr.be / Revue@dipr.be).
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