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Rik Torfs

J.C.L., J.C.D.

Rik Torfs is a Belgian canon law scholar, media personality, and the current Rector of the Catholic University of Leuven. He is a former Senator for the Christian Democratic and Flemish party in the Belgian Federal Parliament.

In 1988, Torfs became assistant professor in the Faculty of Canon Law at the Catholic University Leuven. He became full-time professor in 1996. From 1994 to 2003 and 2009 to 2013, he served as Dean of the Faculty. In 2013 he was elected Rector of the KU Leuven.

He is a guest professor at universities around the world, including Stellenbosh and Strasbourg. Torfs also serves on various boards. He serves as an advisor to the government of Romania regarding the protection of religious minorities.

Torfs has published on human rights, marriage and the benefits of forbearance. He is a formidable critic yet defender of the Catholic Church. He has been noted for his sharp criticism of the Holy See yet has consistently defended the place of Christianity and the Church in society.