Sustainable Development and Global Justice (SUSTJUSTICE) Postgraduate Programme

The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group runs a full-time post-graduate certificate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 10 February to 30 April 2020. SUSTJUSTICE is a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. It builds upon four editions (2016-2019) of the Sustainable Development and Human Rights Programme (SUSTLAW). SUSTJUSTICE is embedded into the English Master of Laws (LLM) taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp. 

The programme combines its primary focus on law with an inter-disciplinary approach that takes into account the complex nature of the topic. Additionally, it brings together the knowledge and expertise of the Global South and the Global North for a unique educational experience. SUSTJUSTICE is composed of four compulsory courses: International Law and Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Global Justice, Law in Developing Countries and External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment. In a period of 11 intensive weeks, the teaching combines theoretical insights in the classroom with practical assignments such as role plays, negotiations, moot courts and writing assignments such as policy briefs and short academic papers. This methodology is aimed at preparing the participants to be catalysts of change in their professional life and in their communities.  

In the past four years, the programme has attracted a diverse student body with participants from all over the globe. This diversity is also reflected in the teaching team which includes leading experts from the North and South who discuss salient features of their disciplines, and encourage students to reflect upon key challenges in the area of sustainable development and global justice.



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    A Room with a View
    On 15-17 October 2019, Prof Koen de Feyter (UAntwerp) participated in an expert meeting to elaborate a draft legally binding instrument on the right to development that took place on the 15th floor of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
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    Intensive Training Programme on sustainable development and global justice
    Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Liliana Lizarazo Rodriguez and Wouter Vandenhole secured funding from VLIR-UOS for the organization of an international training programme (ITP) on sustainable development and global justice (SUSTJUSTICE) in 2020 and 2021.
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    Funding for South Initiative on child marriages in Tanzania
    Seraphina Bakta from Mzumbe University and Gamze Erdem Türkelli and Wouter Vandenhole, secured funding from VLIR-UOS for their South Initiative 'A human rights-based approach to health challenges associated with child marriages in Tanzania'.

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This programme is supported by VLIR-UOS