Marcel Houben


T.  +32 2 747 40 05
F.  +32 2 304 81 13
M. +32 475 24 52 87

Practice Areas

Employment Law

Industrial Relations Law


Social Elections

Marcel Houben is specialized in national, European and international employment, industrial relations and social security law.

Since his admission to the Brussels Bar in 1977, he handles all aspects of employment, industrial relations and social security law, such as organizing the employment and social security status of international and management level employees and international assignments, setting up employment structures and alternative cooperation arrangements, negotiating and drafting of tailor made employment contracts, restrictive convenants, work regulations and employee manuals. He negotiates and organizes (complex) termination settlements. He represents his clients in collective bargaining, establishes collective bargaining agreements and advises on same.

He assists his clients with respect to the industrial relations law aspects of mergers, acquisitions, closures and collective dismissals, the relations with the unions and the personnel representation bodies at company level. He represents his clients before the Belgian employment courts.

Before being called to the Brussels Bar, he was assistant professor at the Institute of Labour Relations at the Law School of the University of Leuven, where, in addition to lecturing employment law, he was in charge of a research project on amicable settlement of employment and industrial relations disputes.

Before joining Peeters Advocaten as a partner, he was partner of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly and subsequently of Simmons&Simmons, where he headed the Brussels employment law practice.


Qualified in 1972 at the University of Leuven (Lic. Iuris) 

Master of Laws (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1976)


Marcel is fluent in Dutch, French and English.


European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)


De toepasbaarheid van het arbeidsrecht in multinationale arbeidsverhoudingen, in: Arbeidsrecht: een confrontatie tussen theorie en praktijk, p. 9-30, 1993, Maklu (Antwerpen – Apeldoorn);

Arbeidsrechtelijke en sociaal-zekerheidsrechtelijke aspecten van herstructurering, in: Voorlichting van adolescente bedrijven, p. 161-242, 1995, Roularta (Roeselare);

Business restructuring issues in Belgium, in : Global Business Workforce Restructuring, p. 11-28, 2004, Kluwer Law International (Den Haag);

(Schijn)zelfstandigen: vervagende grenzen van het arbeidsrecht, in: Liber amicorum Prof. Dr. Othmar Vanachter, p. 97-114, 2009, Intersentia (Antwerpen – Oxford).

  Leo Peeters  
  Alain De Jonge  
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  Ann Vranken  
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