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Geraldine Mathieu is Senior Lecturer at the University of Namur where she teaches family law. She also teaches Bioethics and Human Rights in the Advanced Master in Human Rights and is involved in the Interdisciplinary Certificate in child rights about the impact of children's rights in the family.

She is also a researcher at the Center Vulnerabilities and Societies (UNamur), member of Interdisciplinary Centre for Human Rights of the Child (, of the Law Center of the person, the family and its heritage (UCL-CEFAP ), of the Youth commission of the League of Human rights, of a hospital ethics committee, of the Supreme Council of the adoption and the editorial board of the quarterly Journal of family Law.

She is also project manager for the NGO Defence for Children International (DCI-Belgium -

His research focuses on filiation, adoption, rights of the children, Bioethics and Human Rights. His doctoral dissertation, which she defended the April 24, 2014, focuses on the secret of origins in the law of filiation (adoption, birth secret, assisted reproduction with donor, surrogacy, incest, DNA-test).

Areas of expertise

  • Family Law
  • Children's Rights
  • Bioethics and Human Rights

External responsibilities


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, The secret of origins in filiation law, University of Namur

Award Date: 24 Apr 2014


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