Johan Cyrille Corneel Vande Lanotte (born 6 July 1955, Poperinge) is a Belgian politician. He is a member of the SP.A, and became its party president on 15 October 2005. He handed down his leadership positions after the SP.A lost in the 2007 general election.
In 1978 he graduated magna cum laude in Political and Social Sciences, option: Sociology (Master degree) from the University of Antwerp. In 1981 he added, again magna cum laude, a master in Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
He graduated as Doctor in Law at the Ghent University in 1986. The subject of his dissertation was decentralisation in the Belgian political context. It was awarded with the Prize of the Belgian Institute for Administrative Sciences.
During his doctorate, he studied at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Lausanne) with the Von Calcken scholarship of the Council of Europe, at the Lille University (France), the Leiden University (Netherlands) and the Universit de Sherbrooke in Quebec.
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