Law

Francqui Chair Dr Margot E. Salomon

Lecture Series Belgian Francqui Chair 2018-2019

Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project

Lecture series by Dr Margot E. Salomon, laureate of the Belgian European Francqui Chair 2018-2019.

About Dr Margot E. Salomon

Dr Margot Salomon is Associate Professor in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at LSE Human Rights. Dr Salomon is an international lawyer working on issues of world poverty, global development and human rights with her legal scholarship informed by a range of disciplines including, international political economy, critical development studies, as well as heterodox international legal traditions. Dr Salomon has published and advised widely among others, for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High-level Task Force on the Right to Development, and the President of the Greek Parliament. Her writing appears in the European Law Journal, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, and with Oxford University Press.

Dr Salomon’s lecture series is embedded in the Faculty of Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M) programme. The lecture and PhD seminars on 9 May 2019 are offered in collaboration with the Flemish Interuniversity Research Network on Law and Development.

The lecture series was kicked off by an inaugural lecture on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Pictures inaugural lecture

Inaugural lecture

On the Structure of Suffering: Political Economy, Human Rights and Silent Spaces

Abstract

What if we sought to understand the contribution of the human rights project in terms of that which goes unsaid, on the basis of silences in international human rights law? What dangers lurk in those voids and what do they expose about how suffering is structured today? In this inaugural lecture, Dr Margot Salomon will examine the silence on where the money for socio-economic rights comes from; the silence as to what the money for socio-economic rights buys; and the silence of international law when it comes to transformative change. Exploring the logic through which international human rights law conceals and perpetuates harmful structural features of the global economy, while leaving unfulfilled the most radical promises the rights regime has to offer, is a vital task if we are interested in the role of human rights as an enfranchising project.

When?

Thursday 21 February 2019 at 5.30 p.m.

Where?

University of Antwerp – Stadscampus – Kapel De Grauwzusters

Lange Sint-Annastraat 7

2000 Antwerp

Programme

  • Welcome by Prof Frederik Swennen, dean
  • Introduction of the Francqui Chair by rector Herman Van Goethem
  • Laudatio by Prof Wouter Vandenhole
  • Inaugural lecture by Dr Margot E. Salomon
  • Reception

The inaugural lecture is free of charge but registration via the registration form is mandatory.  

Lectures

Lecture 1 : Re-Examining Human Rights Governance under Debt and Austerity

Abstract

This seminar will study Europe’s debt and austerity crisis with a number of central problems in mind. The aim is to examine both the normative and remedial contribution of human rights in shaping responses to the crisis as well as the limits to their deployment under conditions of 21st century global capitalism. Re-examining national, and in particular transnational, governance in the safeguarding of socio-economic rights, economic self-determination, and democracy, we will explore devices through which the common wealth and social values are subverted but might yet be reclaimed.

When?

Friday 22 February 2019 from 8.30 a.m. till 10.30 a.m.

Where?

University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, room B.003.

The lecture is free of charge but registration via the registration form is mandatory.  

Lecture 2: Accumulation, Redistribution and the Human Rights Paradox

Abstract

If the first seminar studied the promise of human rights against the forces and institutions of economic globalization, this seminar is dedicated to exploring the ways in which human rights protection has come to rely on the logic of global capitalism. Examining the global drive for social protection and the Sustainable Development Goals, we will interrogate the neutrality of human rights and how they might prevent and mitigate deprivations without changing the terms under which that suffering is not only made possible but is reproduced.

When?

Friday 22 February 2019 from 10.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m.

Where?

University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, room B.003.

The lecture is free of charge but registration via the registration form is mandatory.  

Lecture 3: The UN Peasants’ Declaration and Rights against Global Capitalism?

Abstract

Building on the previous seminar where we explore how human rights can work against their own efforts at transformation, we will turn to study the new United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants in order to examine the contradiction inherent in what is at times a radical normative project of international human rights law. Here, critical legal theory will help reveal the paradoxes that have ostensible human rights successes perpetuate the suffering they seek to confront. This seminar will expose students to how our most important human rights gains might be better understood as our losses.

When?

Thursday 9 May 2019 from 10.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m.

Where?

University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, room C.103.

The lecture is free of charge but registration via the registration form is mandatory.  

 

PhD seminars

PhD seminar 1: International Human Rights Law, Development and the Pursuit of Interdisciplinary Scholarship

When?

Thursday 9 May 2019 from 1.30 p.m. till 3.30  p.m.

Where?

University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, room C.104.

The seminar is free of charge but registration via the registration form is mandatory.

PhD seminar 2: The Activist Academic

When?

Thursday 9 May 2019 from 3.30 p.m. till 5.30 p.m.

Where?

University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, room C.104.

The seminar is free of charge but registration via the registration form is mandatory.

About the Belgian Francqui Chair

Every year, the Francqui Foundation invites Belgian or European scientists to stay with Belgian universities, giving the opportunity to eminent researchers and scholars to teach a series of guest lectures at the host university and to participate in the scientific life of the institution.