Lecturers

The faculty includes members of the Law and Development Research Group and renowned international guest lecturers, including from institutional partners in the South. 

Below you can find the profiles of the lead lecturers of SUSTJUSTICE and of guest lecturers from the 2019 edition of SUSTLAW. For the overall update of guest lecturers, see the SUSTJUSTICE 2020 course handbook.

Lecturers from the University of Antwerp, Law and Development Research Group 

Prof. Dr. Koen De Feyter

Koen De Feyter is the Chair of International Law at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Faculty of Law. He is the founder and the current director of the Law and Development Research Group at the University of Antwerp and coordinator of an international research network on “Localising human rights”. He has been involved in interdisciplinary field work on human rights and development issues in various countries in Asia and Africa, including most recently in Bangladesh, China, the DRC and India, both as a researcher and a practitioner.

Course: International Law and Sustainable Development (Course leader)

Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole

Wouter Vandenhole holds the chair in human rights and the UNICEF chair in children’s rights at the faculty of law of the University of Antwerp, and directed the Law and Development Research Group between 2013 and 2018. He is now the vice-dean of research. Vandenhole is an expert in transnational human rights obligations and in human rights and development. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals, among which the Journal of Human Rights Practice and Human Rights and International Legal Discourse. He has taken up management functions in European research and teaching networks. He is the lead convener of the international training program Sustainable Development and Global Justice (SUSTJUSTICE).

Courses: Human Rights and Global Justice; External actors (Course leader - academic director)

Prof. Dr. Liliana Lizarazo-Rodriguez

Liliana Rodriguez studied Law at the Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) and at the UNED (Spain). She also studied Financial Law (U del Rosario) and Development Studies and Public Administration and Management (UAntwerpen). She has a PhD from the University of Ghent (Department of Legal Theory and Legal History). Her thesis was about ‘IMF Supported Economic Reforms and Constitutional Case Law: An Empirical Assessment Colombia 2000-2006’. Her research interests are in: International Economic Law (Business and Human Rights, IMF conditionality, International Trade and Investment), Interdisciplinary Legal Research Methods, and Judicial Activism in defense of ESCR and collective rights

Course: Law in Developing Countries (Course leader)

Dr. Gamze Erdem Türkelli

Gamze Erdem Türkelli is a Research Foundation (FWO) Flanders post-doctoral fellow at the University of Antwerp Law Faculty and a member of the Law and Development Research Group. She received her PhD in Law at the University of Antwerp (2017) focusing on children's rights obligations and responsibility for businesses and development finance institutions under international law. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and Master's degrees from the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne (France) and from Yale University (US), where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Previously, Gamze worked in the private sector as a research analyst and advisor, and in the non-profit sector in different capacities. Her research interests include new and old economic actors in development financing and governance, transnational human rights obligations, children’s rights and the links between law and development.

Course: External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment (Course leader)

 

Guest lecturers - SUSTLAW 2019

 

Prof. Dr. Amita Punj

Amita Punj is an Associate Professor of Law at the National Law University, Delhi. She has also taught at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. After completing her undergraduate degree in law she worked with national and international NGOs on the issues of human rights and social justice. On completion of her post-graduation in law from the University of Delhi, India she pursued specialization in Law in Development from the University of Warwick, U.K. and has been a British Chevening scholar.

Course: Human Rights and Global Justice 

Mr. Daniel Mathew

Mr. Daniel Mathew is an assistant professor at National Law University, Delhi. He specializes in Dispute Resolution and Human Rights. His academic and research interests include dispute resolution, commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, human rights, legal education, International Humanitarian Law, and law and economics. Prior to joining National Law University Delhi, he was a member of faculty at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) as Assistant Professor since 2009. He taught courses on Alternate Dispute Resolution, Human Rights, International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration, and International Humanitarian Law. Before joining academics, Daniel was a practicing advocate for three years before various forums including Supreme Court and High Court of Delhi.

Prof. Dr. Daniel D. Bradlow

Prof. Daniel Bradlow is SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, University of Pretoria and Professor Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law. He was previously Head, International Economic Relations and Policy Department, South African Reserve Bank; Director, International Legal Studies Program, American University Washington College of Law; Chair, Roster of Experts, Independent Review Mechanism, African Development Bank; member, International Law Association’s Committee on Accountability of International Organizations,  and consultant to numerous international organizations. He has published on topics including international law and international financial institutions, finance and human rights, global economic governance and international development law.

Course: Human Rights and Global Justice 

Dr. Margot E. Saloman

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. Saloman is the holder of the Belgian Francqui Chair 2018-2019 and her lectures are a part of the SUSTLAW program.

Course: Human Rights and Global Justice

Mr. Alberto Pecorao

Alberto Pecoraro is a doctoral researcher at the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp. He graduated in political science at the University of York and in international law at the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the Law & Development Research Group he taught international law at the Kazakh University of Humanities and Law, in Astana. His research project concerns the interaction between the law of the sea and international economic law in regulating deep seabed mining.

Course: Human Rights and Global Justice 

Prof. Carolien Jacobs

Dr. Carolien Jacobs is an assistant professor at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at the law faculty of Leiden University. She has a background in international development (MSc, Wageningen University) and in legal anthropology (PhD Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology/Wageningen University). She has carried out research in Angola, Mozambique, Liberia and DR Congo, amongst others on access to justice, disputing, land rights, and development aid. She has just started a new research project on the translocal connections and mobilities of displaced people. Carolien teaches various socio-legal courses at Leiden University.

Course: Law in Developing Countries 

Dr. Christine Frison

Dr. Christine Frison currently works at the Government & Law Research Group, University of Antwerp. She carries out research in international environmental law, with a specialization in law and governance of food and agriculture. Her current project is 'Governing Seeds as a Commons for Food Security: A Normative Shift from Appropriation to Sharing'. She is part of the Louvain Partnership Research on Ecological and Social Transition, a pluri-disciplinary and trans-sectorial scientific research platform exploring paths towards ecological and social transition. In 2018-19, Dr Frison teaches International & European Environmental Law at Université Libre de Bruxelles and contributes to the course on International Sustainable Development Law at Universiteït Antwerpen.

Course: International Law and Sustainable Development

Prof. Dr. Stef Vandeginste

Stef Vandeginste holds a PhD in Law (University of Antwerp, 2009). He is a senior lecturer and programme director at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp (www.uantwerpen.be/iob) where he teaches in the Advanced Master Governance and Development. His main research interests are reflected in his publications which can be consulted through his Google Scholar page. He runs the ‘Law, Power and Peace in Burundi’ documentary database (www.uantwerpen.be/burundi).

Course: Law in Developing Countries

Prof. Stéphanie de Moerloose

Stéphanie de Moerloose is a Professor of International Development Cooperation at Universidad Austral in Argentina since 2009, with a background in public international law (NYU and University of Geneva). She has practiced as a legal officer and consultant in international development projects mainly in environmental and social standards and investment conflicts resolutions. She conducts research into the legal aspects of international financial institutions’ development cooperation, especially conditionality and the intended and actual effects of legal transplants on local development. She is admitted to the New York Bar.

Course: External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment

Prof. Joanna Botha

Joanna Botha is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, and the Head of Department of Public Law in that Faculty. Joanna teaches Human Rights Law and is the facilitator of the Moot Court module. Her research focuses on the intersection between freedom of expression, human dignity and equality; the regulation of hate speech and hate crimes; and law’s capacity as an instrument to achieve social change and inter-group cohesion. The Department of Public Law is a partner institution of the Law and Development Research Network. 

Course: Project Week

Prof. Victor Saco

Victor Saco is a Full Time Professor of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), he teaches courses on International Economic Law, International Law and Legal Skills. His research interests are in the interplay between International Economic Law and Human Rights. He holds an LLM in International and European Law by the Université Catholique de Louvain; and is a PhD Candidate by the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern. He is also a lawyer and the Director of the Masters in International Economic Law at PUCP.

Course: Project Week

What the alumni say...

"The lecturers had diverse and experienced backgrounds, part of them practitioners and gave me knowledge of current gaps and challenges countries face. They enabled me to understand legal and non-legal issues that countries need to consider in their strategies to achieve sustainable development. I now have a broader perspective and understand critical issues that inform the research, training and advocacy that I undertake in Uganda. I am also excited that I have developed both professional and personal relations with other students that undertook the course.”

Juliana Nantaba, Uganda, Sustlaw 2018 Alumni