Herwig Verschueren is professor of International and European social law at the University of Antwerp and the Free University of Brussels. He graduated in law at the University of Leuven (Belgium), obtained a DEA in Philosophy of Law from the University of Paris II and holds a PhD of the University of Leuven. He worked as a researcher at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven from 1984 to 1991. From 1992 to 2004 he was a civil servant of the European Commission working in the field of free movement of workers and co-ordination of social security schemes.
He is the author and co-author of books, articles and reports on the legal position of foreigners and on EC law concerning free movement of workers and co-ordination of social security schemes.
Herwig Verschueren is a member of the editorial board of, inter alia, the European Journal of Social Security and of the Revue belge de sécurité sociale.
In his research Herwig Verschueren examines the impact of European Law on the social law (including labour law and social security law) and the social policy of the Member States. More specifically his research focuses on the relevance of the European internal market law in these fields. It therefore includes items such as the free movement of workers, the European coordination of social security schemes, the freedom to provide services and European competition law. The central question of his research is to what extent these parts of European law have an impact on the solidarity mechanisms laid down in national social law and policy. He also examines in greater detail the social rights of migrants within the EU as well as the room left for norms in the Members States’ legal order that aim at guaranteeing solidarity amongst citizens. Starting from this analysis his research looks at which kind of view on solidarity underlies the European integration process.