Universiteit Antwerpen

Free Movement, Law and Global Justice

This series attempts to shed light on the parameters of justice and legitimacy that are involved in the legal regulation of the free movement of goods and persons.

The first part focuses on questions of international economic law by bringing out the deep conflicts between the market, principles of justice and the pressing need for regulation. Amongst the questions that the speakers will be discussing are: ‘what are the substantive or procedural principles of justice that compete in the global economic constitution?’ ‘what is the normative basis for global claims of justice (reciprocity, institutionalisation, rational egoism, unconditional value)?’ ‘How and before which fora and level of governance are conflicts between interests of the market and claims of justice to be resolved?’ ‘Who are the legal subjects of a global constitution?’ ‘How do the current rules, institutions and effects of international economic governance fare in light of criteria of justice and legitimacy?’

The second part will cover topics relating to the free movement of persons in a globalised world: As a result of the free mobility of persons a global citizen has emerged whose claims in justice compete with those of the market and free trade, but also with the privileges enjoyed by the nationals of the state of residence. These conflicts cannot be resolved through the existing state or international law, but need to be regulated legally in light of the substantive questions of justice they raise. Amongst the topics addressed are: the social rights of migrants; international standards of labour; the right of equal opportunity and the prohibition of discrimination; the justificatory basis for enforcing distributive claims through the law; finally, the content and function of emerging concepts of supra-national citizenship.


Semester A:
Free Movement of Goods, Law and Global justice

November 7, 2008: The Legitimacy of WTO Law:  Implications for Multilayered Governance

4-6pm: Thomas Cottier, University of Bern

Discussant: Alexia Herwig (University of Antwerp)

Room 010, Citycampus, Building R, Rodestraat 14 (map)

 Click here to see the paper


November 26, 2008: Millennium Development Goals and Responsibilities to End World Poverty: A Failure Foretold?

 Room 213, City Campus, Rodestraat 14 (map)

Keynote lecture by Thomas Pogge

Click here to see the program

December 5, 2008. 

The Constitutional Limits of the Transnational Economic Order

4-6pm: Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh

Room 010, Citycampus, Building R, Rodestraat 14 (map)


Semester B:
Free Movement of Persons, Law and Global Justice

January 19, 2009: Who Should Shoulder the Burden? Global Climate Change and Common Ownership of the Earth

2.15 - 3.45pm: Mathias Risse (Harvard University)
Respondent: Axel Gosseries (Université Catholique de Louvain)
3.45 - 4pm: coffee/tea
4 - 5.30pm: general discussion

Room 010, Citycampus, Building R, Rodestraat 14 (map)

Attendance is free, private registration by email is required


February 6, 2009: Union Citizenship and National State: the Example of Welfare

12pm-14.30 (sandwiches and refreshments will be made available)

Michael Dougan (University of Liverpool)

The Spatial Restructuring of National Welfare States within the European Union: the Contribution of Union Citizenship and the Relevance of the Treaty of Lisbon (Click here to see the paper)

Discussant: Dimitrios Doukas (Queen's University Belfast)

Room 102, Citycampus, Building C (map)