In 2014 Jan-Baptist obtained a Bachelor of Laws at KU Leuven, Belgium, and in 2016 a Research Master in Law at KU Leuven and Humboldt University Berlin. For his master thesis on EU constitutional law and democratic theory, he received the Thesis Prize of the Wilfried Martens Fund (in honor of a former Belgian Prime Minister). After his studies in law, he pursued a bachelor's degree in philosophy at KU Leuven, obtained in 2018. Since September 2017, he has been working as a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven with a visiting appointment at Utrecht University. In 2019, he was awarded a full-time four-year fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders for his Ph.D. project about judicial review of legal discretion. In May 2022, he obtained an LL.M. from Yale Law School. At Yale, he served as Lead and Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation (vol. 39 and 40) and as Article and Symposium Editor for the Yale Journal on Law and the Humanities (vol. 32 and 33). Outside academia, he has been involved for two years (2019-2020) in the political movement and party Volt Europa as European facilitator for citizen empowerment, where he coordinated all Volt Europa's policies dealing with democracy and citizen participation.