Universiteit Antwerpen

Newsletter October 2008:

Forthcoming Events

Seminar Series 2008-2009: Free Movement, Law, and Global Justice

November 7, 2008: The Legitimacy of the WTO
With Thomas Cottier (Bern) and Alexia Herwig (Antwerp)
Seminar Room, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, City Campus, Blindestraat 14, 2nd floor

November 26, 2008: Millennium Development Goals and Responsibilities To End World Poverty: A Foretold Failure?
With Thomas Pogge (Yale), Scott Veitch (Glasgow), Koen De Feyter (Antwerp)
R 213, City Campus, Rodestraat 14

December 5, 2008: The Constitutional Limits of the Transnational Economic Order
4 - 6pm: Neil Walker (Edinburgh)
Seminar Room, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, City Campus, Blindestraat 14, 2nd Floor

January 19, 2009: Who Should Shoulder the Burden? Global Climate Change and Common Ownership of the Earth
3-5pm: Matthias Risse (Harvard) & Axel Gosseries (Harvard & Louvain la Neuve)
Room 010, Citycampus, Building R, Rodestraat 14

Other Seminars and Conferences:

November 17, 2008: Rule-Following in Kant, Wittgenstein and Pavlakos and Its Importance for Legal Theory
12.30-14: Carsten Heidemann (Kiel)
Seminar Room, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, City Campus, Blindestraat 14, 2nd Floor

November 21, 2008: The Torture Convention, Rendition and Kant’s Critique of Pseudopolitics
4 – 6pm: Howard Williams (University of Wales Aberystwyth)
Seminar Room, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, City Campus, Blindestraat 14, 2nd Floor

November 25, 2008: On (European) Cosmopolitans in the 21st Century: Psychological Considerations
4 – 6pm: Eri Park (LSE - Roosevelt Academy, International Honors College of Utrecht University at Middelburg)
Seminar Room, Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, City Campus, Blindestraat 14, 2nd Floor

December 8, 2008: Europeanisation and Globalisation v Labour Law
International Phd Conference
Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13

Research and Funding

Professors George Pavlakos (Antwerp and Glasgow), Patricia Popellier (Antwerp), Emilios Christodoulidis (Glasgow) and Scott Veitch (Glasgow), have been awarded the sum of €90,000 by the Internationalisation Fund of the University of Antwerp for a research project entitled:

Multi-layered Polities and the Search for the Common Good: A Constitutional Puzzle for the European Polis

The project aims to contribute a fresh perspective in the debates for political unity in Europe by asking this basic question: ‘Can we conceptualise a common good for the European polis?’ The project identifies two angles from which to pose the question: (i) how might a common conception of the good appear from the point of view of a single - if multi-layered - entity such as the European polis? and (ii) how might it appear from the point of view of regions, whose regional parliaments are also entrusted to legislate for the common good at a subsidiary level of representation. Spanning both questions is that fundamental quandary for democracy: why would the will of a majority (at the EU level) legitimately bind any minority in the absence of a good that is assumed common for both?
The project will span a period of three years and will bring together scholars from Constitutional law, EU law and Legal theory and philosophy, aiming at a variety of research outcomes: conferences, doctoral research, postgraduate seminars as well as the publication of edited books and article journals.

Dr. Alexia Herwig has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by FWO (Research Foundation – Flanders) for a research project entitled:

Globalisation of the Service Economy, Distributive Justice, and the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services

The aim of the research project will be to analyse whether international economic law is capable of balancing the freedom to trade services internationall with national policies furthering distributive justice to reflect notions of an emergent global conception of justice that goes beyond minimal rights of subsistence. It focuses on how the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services impacts on and regulates two such policies, namely the application of minimum wages and policies of universal access through provision of public services or imposition of universal service requirements. The EC’s approach to dealing with these policies is also considered in order to explore the possibilities, limits and characteristic differences relevant to the emergence of a post-national conception of distributive justice


Bertea S., “Law and Legal Reasoning”, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 59, 4-19.

Bertea S., “Towards a New Paradigm of Legal Certainty”, Legisprudence 2, 25-45.

De Feyter K., Pavlakos G. (eds), The Tension between Human Rights and Group Rights. A Multi-disciplinary Approach, Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2008.

Herwig A., “Zur normativen Legitimität der Welthandelsordnung” in Meinhard Hilf and Timo Niebsch (eds.), Perspektiven des Internationalen Wirtschaftsrechts, Stuttgart: Boorberg Verlag, 2008, 117-158 (with Thorsten Hüller).

Van de Heyning C.J., “Is it still a sin to kill a mockingbird? Remedying factual inequalities through positive action; what to be learned from the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights” (2008) E.H.R.L.R. 3, pp. 375-389.

Loriaux, S. 'Global Equality of Opportunity: a Proposal', Journal of International Relations and Development, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1-28.

Meuwese A., Impact Assessment in EU Lawmaking, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2008.

Pavlakos, G., Rechtsontologie und Practische Vernunft, Nomos, Baden Baden.

Pavlakos, G., "Non-Individualism, Rights and Practical Reason", Ratio Juris, vol. 21, no. 1.

Popelier P.- Procederen voor het Grondwettelijk Hof. - Antwerpen: Intersentia, 2008, 426 p.

Popelier Patricia [edit.], Van Nieuwenhove Jeroen [edit.].- Toegang tot de wet.- Brugge: Die Keure, 2008.- 220 p

Popelier P..- De arbeidsrelatiewet ingebed in de programmawet: een kwestie van wetgevingsbeleid?.- In: Rechts(on)zekerheid omtrent (schijn)zelfstandigheid / Rigaux Marc [edit.], e.a., Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2008, p. 61-90


In October 2008, Dr Stefano Bertea joined the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values. He is also a part-time Lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Leicester. His research interests lie mainly in legal theory, jurisprudence, political philosophy. Before taking up the current post he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2002-2004), a part-time adjunct professor at the University “Magna Græcia” of Catanzaro (2002-2007), a visiting research fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2003), and an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (2005-2006).


From October 2008, Dr.Chen Jingrong is visiting scholar at Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values. She is a lecturer at the School of Law of the Chongqing University of China in the area of human rights law and WTO. Her main research interests lie in constitutional theory, human rights law, Chinese legal history and thought.