Sustainable Development and Global Justice

Postgraduate Programme (12th Feb - 10th May 2024)

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). SUSTJUSTICE is a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. It builds upon seven editions (2016-2023) 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 interdisciplinary 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 and the Global Economic Governance of Development, and a new course on Law and the Ecological Crises. In a period of 12 intensive weeks (12th Feb - 10th May), 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 aims to prepare the participants to be catalysts of change in their professional lives and communities.  

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.