Researchers

Pieter Lagrou teaches contemporary history at the Université libre de Bruxelles since 2003. He studied history at the Universities of Leuven, Yale and the European University Institute in Florence. From 1998 to 2003, he worked as a researcher at the Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent in Paris. He has published on the legacy of the Second World War in Europe, on questions of international justice and contemporary historiography. He is currently working on a history of national languages and national sovereignty. He is the Jusinbellgium project coordinator.

He recently co-directed Europe’s Postwar Periods: 1989, 1945, 1918 : Writing History Backwards, Bloomsbury, London, 2019.


Ornella Rovetta is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre de Recherche Mondes Modernes et Contemporains at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Her research interests include the history of international criminal justice, the history of Rwanda and how judicial processes produce archives and narratives in the aftermath of mass violence. She received a PhD grant from the Belgian National Research Council (FNRS, 2009-2013), and worked under the supervision of Professor Pieter Lagrou. Since September 2016, she teaches a course in Legal History at the Université Saint-Louis to second-year law students.

She has published Un génocide au tribunal: le Rwanda et la justice internationale in March 2019 (Belin) and co-authored a radio documentary on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


Delphine Lauwers studied contemporary history at the Université libre de Bruxelles, where she graduated in 2005. She then started a PhD in History & Civilization at the European University Institute of Florence. Her research focused on conflicting memories of the First World War in the Ypres Salient in a transnational perspective, from 1914 to 2014. Her PhD dissertation is soon to be published by the editions of the Université libre de Bruxelles. She has joined the Jusinbellgium team as a post-doctoral researcher in October 2015.

She recently co-authored “La publicité nuit gravement au secret” on the platform Belgium WWII and authored a chapter in Au-delà de la grande guerre. La Belgique 1918-1928.


Hendrik Vandekerckhove studied law at KU Leuven University for five years. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. In 2014, during the second year of his Master’s, he did a two-months internship at the Office of the Registrar at the International Court of Justice. He finished his master, majoring in International and European Law, in 2014. The topic of his master’s thesis was “The international protection of whales, with special attention to the dispute between Australia and Japan”. After concluding his master’s studies, Hendrik started an LLM Public International Law at Utrecht University.

In his PhD thesis he will analyse the role of national courts – Belgian courts and tribunals in particular – with respect to bringing about international criminal justice and whether benefits are associated with the possible expansion of their role.


Wolfgang Form studied Political Science, Sociology, Social- and Economic History and Public Law in Marburg. He received his doctoral degree on political criminal justice during National Socialism in Germany at the University of Marburg. In 2003 he co-founded the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials (ICWC) in Marburg and is his scientific project manager since then. His main fields of research are: political criminal and military justice, history of international criminal law, peace and conflict studies and on local and regional history of National Socialism. As an international partner in the Jusinbellgium team, he supports the project with his expertise on digitized archives and post-war trials.


Marie-Anne Weisers is a researcher at the Centre de Recherche Mondes modernes et Contemporains of the Université libre de Bruxelles. She has completed her PhD dissertation in June 2014 at the ULB under the supervision of Professor Pieter Lagrou, titled : « Judging crimes against the Jews : Germans before Belgian courts, 1941-1951 » [“Juger les crimes contre les Juifs: des Allemands devant les tribunaux belges, 1941-1951”]. She has obtained a grant from the French Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah and the Belgian Fondation du Judaïsme de Belgique. She is an associated researcher in the Jusinbellgium project.

In 2020, she published La justice belge, les bourreaux allemands et la Shoah (Editions de l’Université de Bruxelles).