Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Ghent University
Dr. Frederik Dhondt studied law (Ghent, 2007), early modern history (Ghent/Paris-Sorbonne, 2008) and international relations (Sciences Po Paris, 2009). He obtained his Ph.D. in law at Ghent University in September 2013 (Balance of Power and International Law. European Diplomacy and the Elaboration of International Order, 18th Century and Post 1945, thesis under supervision of D. Heirbaut). His dissertation will be published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill in 2015 as Balance of Power and Norm Hierarchy. Franco-British Diplomacy after the Peace of Utrecht (1713) (series “Studies in the History of International Law”, ed. R. Lesaffer).
He was a Ph.D.-Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (2009-2013) and a postdoctoral assistant (2013-2014) at the Ghent Legal History Institute, and accomplished research stays in Frankfurt (stipendiat of the MPI for European Legal History, 2010), Heidelberg (MPI for Comparative Public and International Law, 2012), The Hague (Hague Academy of International Law, 2008/2013), Paris (Paris-Sorbonne/Archives Diplomatiques, 2011) and London (National Archives/British Library, 2009). He published a work on the War of the Spanish Succession (Op Zoek naar Glorie in Vlaanderen. De Zonnekoning en de Spaanse Successie, 1707-1708, 2012; Prize for Historical Research, Province of East Flanders , Thesis Prize of the Belgian-Dutch Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Prize for best Master’s Thesis in History, Ghent) and articles in several international peer-reviewed journals. Since 1 October 2014, Dr. Dhondt is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). His stay at the Graduate Institute is devoted to his postdoctoral research project “Foreign Legal Perceptions of 19th Century Belgian Neutrality”. His general research interest lies in legal argumentation in European 18th and 19th century diplomacy.