Paul Schoukens is Professor of Social Security Law (Comparative, International and European) at the K.U.Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven). He is general coordinator of the European Institute of Social Security, a scientific association with more than 400 members across Europe. Within the K.U.Leuven, he is working for the European section of the Institute of Social Law, organized as the Research Unit on European Social Security (RUESS). He mainly teaches subjects on European, international, and comparative social security law. His research topics of interest are the social protection of atypical workers, healthcare systems, social welfare, and the relationship between e-technology and social security administration, among others.
Professor Schoukens is involved in the organization of the Master in European Social Security and the Summer School on Social Security. He is program director of the latter specialized program, a two-week course that gives a general introduction into social protection across Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective.
He is involved in many research projects, especially in fields related to comparative and European social security. Research projects have been carried out for the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and several national institutions and governments. He is the author of more than 50 journal articles and is often invited to present papers at international meetings and conferences.
Professor Schoukens earned his doctorate in law from the K.U.Leuven with research on the impact of European Union law on the social protection of self-employed persons.