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Christel Vergauwen

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Christel Vergauwen read law at the Catholic University of Leuven, where she obtained her law degree with honours on 9 July 1986. In the academic year that followed, she studied at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in the United States and obtained a Master of Laws.

Christel began her professional career at GSJ on 1 October 1987 and became the first female partner in 1995. Since then, she has shown tremendous dedication in her work with her clients and has demonstrated a keen understanding not only of the legal aspects of family law but also the human aspects. In 1999, she successfully completed her training as a mediator in family cases. In 2006, she was granted provisional accreditation, and in 2008 she received her final accreditation as a mediator in family cases. Mediation is her passion, and she derives a tremendous sense of satisfaction from finding a solution together with her clients in their interest and in the interest of others, for example their children.

Since 1 October 2010, Christel has been working as an assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp, where she enthusiastically shares her years of experience as a lawyer-mediator in family cases with young undergraduates studying the Law of Persons and Family Law. Together with colleagues in her team, she regularly writes comments on interesting court decisions in the journal Rechtspraak Antwerpen Brussel Gent. She is also a member of the editorial staff of the journal.

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