Annual Law&Dev research day

Annual Research Day of the Flemish Interuniversity Research Network on Law and Development.

  • Thursday 9 May 2019
  • University of Antwerp – Stadscampus, Building C, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
  • Organiser: Law and Development Research Group


Morning session

Chair: Stefaan Smis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

10.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m., room C.103: Public Lecture: The UN Peasants’ Declaration and Rights against Global Capitalism?

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

This lecture is part of the Dr Salomon’s lecture series in the Faculty of Law’s Master of Laws (LL.M) programme, ‘Neon Gods of the Human Rights Legal Project’. 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.

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.

12 – 13.30 p.m. Sandwich lunch (vegetarian)

Afternoon session

  • 13.30-14.45 p.m., room C104: Round Table on Interdisciplinary Research

Chair: Stephan Parmentier, KULeuven

Discussants: Margot E. Salomon, LSE; Wessel Wijtvliet, KULeuven; Tine Destrooper; Universiteit Gent, Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Universiteit Antwerpen, Farida Mamat, Universiteit Hasselt (tbc)

Coffee break

  • 15.15-16.30 p.m., room C104: Round Table on Academic Activism

Chair: Eva Brems, Universiteit Gent

Discussants: Margot E. Salomon, LSE; Petra Foubert, Universiteit Hasselt; Els Vandensande (KULeuven); Eric Elong Ebolo, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

  • 16.30-17.30 pm: speed dating with Dr Salomon (for PhD students and others)


Note: Participation is limited to the members of the Flemisch Interuniversity Research Network on Law&Development. If you nevertheless would be interested to join, contact for more information and the registration form.