Prof. Erik Franckx (PhD Law VUB; LL.M. University of Georgia; MA East European Studies Brussels/Ghent/Leuven; "Licence" Law VUB) is a full-time Professor of Law at the VUB and Director of its Department of International and European Law.
Furthermore, he has teaching assignments (in chronological order) at Vesalius College VUB, Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Brussels School of International Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury), and the Université Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi.
His research focuses on international law in general, and the law of the sea in particular. He has been appointed by Belgium as member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, The Netherlands. He has also been appointed by Belgium as an expert in marine scientific research for use in special arbitration under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He represents Belgium in the Advisory Body of Experts on the Law of the Sea within the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He has served as a consultant to governments (foreign as well as the three levels of the Belgian structure, i.e. the federal, regional and community level), international, supra-national and non-governmental organisations.
His publications include Maritime Claims in the Arctic: Canadian and Russian Perspectives (1993), The Reception of International Law in Central and Eastern Europe (2002, co-ed.), The Exclusive Economic Zone and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982-2000: A First Assessment of State Practice (2003, co-ed.), Vessel-source Pollution and Coastal State Jurisdiction in the South-Eastern Baltic Sea (2006, co-ed.), Contemporary Regulation of Marine Living Resources and Pollution (Essays written by and in honour of the International Francqui Chairholder Professor Dermott Devine) (2007, ed.).
He has also written numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as: International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, International Journal of Estuarine and Coastal Law, Ocean Development and International Law Journal, Belgian Review of International Law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, California Western International Law Journal, German Yearbook of International Law, Finnish Yearbook of International Law, South African Yearbook of International Law, and China Oceans Law Review.