During this intensive course, by Prof. Dr. Thomas Spijkerboer (VU Amsterdam), participants reflect about how international law is formulated in ways that negate experiences and conceptualisations in the Global South. For instance, what we know as ‘international migration law’ actually reflects a particular Global North (European) perspective. A similar pattern is visible in other branches of international law. The aim of the participant-driven course is to pool resources and expertise within the group in order to critically evaluate how erasure of the Global South occurs in various branches of international law (e.g. human rights law, environmental law, public international law).
The course will juxtapose (a) European sources (in particular: doctrine and jurisprudence) on international migration law and other branches of international law students introduced by participants (environmental law, the response to global pandemics, the law of armed conflict or trade law; doctrinal issues such as customary international law); (b) critiques of such sources as being European by authors such as Chimni, Achiume, Anghie, Rajagopal, (c) sources (academic texts, jurisprudence) from the global South, in particular from Africa and Latin America, that potentially shed a different light on international law than the European sources assert as being international. The concrete topics will be decided upon by the participants during the first session.
This course is part of a Francqui International Chair, in which 8 Belgian universities are involved: UGent, UAntwerpen, KU Leuven, UHasselt, UC Louvain, ULB, VUB & Université Saint-Louis.
Participants are required to attend the 8 sessions (except in case of absence for compelling reason); to deliver one or more presentations; and to participate actively in the intellectual process during the seminars.
After attending this course, participants will ...
An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current course, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with: