Arnold CORNELISSEN was born in Roeselare on 2 August 1958 and is a Dutch national. He obtained a degree in law from the Faculty of Law at Ghent University on 7 July 1981.
He started practising law on 1 October 1981.
Christine VAN DER SYPE was born in Ghent on 22 February 1966 and is a Belgian citizen. She qualified as a social assistant on 30 June 1988 and obtained a degree in law from the Faculty of Law at Ghent University on 23 September 1993. She began to practise law on 1 October 1993.