Universiteit Antwerpen

Alexandros H. Stylianidis is a PhD candidate at the Law School of the University of Vienna in the field of human rights. He deals with the cultural rights of children under the supervision of Professor Manfred Nowak. His main research interests lie in cultural rights, children’s rights, minority rights, and in the formation of identities from both law and history perspective.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law from the Democritus University of Thrace, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History from the Ionian University (Greece). His LL.M. dissertation concerns the relationship between the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Literary texts by him have also been published in the press.

During his visiting period at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values of the University of Antwerp, he intends to examine the nature of children’s rights and the binding effect of international law from the philosophy of law perspective.



Prof. Arudra Burra is an assistant professor in philosophy at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He joined the department in December 2012, after post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), and the Program in Law and Philosophy at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He obtained a PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University (2011), and a JD from the Yale Law School (2007).

Arudra's current research draws upon his PhD dissertation, "Coercion, Deception, Consent: Essays in Moral Explanation," in which he examined these three concepts and their role in our moral and legal thought. If consensual transactions between competent adults should be respected in the absence of coercion, deception, and adverse effects on third parties, then the moral or legal status of some transactions may depend at least in part upon their status as coercive, deceptive, or consensual. The concepts of coercion, deception, and consent also seem to figure substantively in the explanations of why certain actions are right or wrong: for instance, some acts seem to be wrong because coercive. We might hope to find definitions of these concepts which make clear just how they can play this role.

Arudra argues that this search for definitions is misguided, and is the source of certain important puzzles in philosophy and law, concerning the paradox of blackmail, the ethics of deception in negotiation, and the doctrine of "rape by fraud." Once we see that the explanatory value of these concepts, taken on their own, is limited, and replace the search for definitions with a search for substantive moral principles governing acceptable ways of getting people to do things within some particular domain, we will see our way out of these puzzles, and will be better placed to understand the morality of transactions more generally.

Arudra is also interested in comparative law and legal history, particularly with respect to the ways in which laws and legal institutions are able to survive drastic changes in the political regimes that support them. His particular interest is in the case of Indian independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Here he has written on the changing character of the Indian bureaucracy during this period, and about early post-Independence debates on the freedom of speech.


Raphael Etzion's PhD dissertation, at the Faculty of Law in Bar Ilan University, dealt with the relationship between the rationales of the law and its validity: the legal attitude to laws for which the reasons are no longer applicable, with an emphasis on the unique perspective of Jewish law theory. He received the University's President Scholarship for Excellent Doctoral Students and was also awarded a Doctoral Scholarship by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He was recently a member of a Research Group at Bar-Ilan University. Raphael serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at Sha’arei Mishpat College, after serving as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Israeli Academic Center of Law and Business. He serves as a Legal Advisor in the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, and is also a Certified Mediator.
Raphael has a Bachelor Degree in Law and Psychology (2001) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and LL.M., 2005, from Bar-Ilan University, magna cum laude, receiving the Rector’s Prize for Academic Excellence on 2003. He was a Research Fellow at "Shalem Center".
Raphael’s main research interests are Philosophy of Law, Criminal Law, Jewish Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. In Antwerp he intends to deepen the examination of dealing with "obsolete" legislation, analyzing various considerations that guided the rulings of religious authorities faced with the challenges of religious legislation in a changing reality.


Prof. Filimon Peonidis' most recent work is “Jeremy Bentham’s ‘Unusually’ Liberal’ Representative Democracy”, an article which was presented at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values in 2010 and it will appear in "History of European Ideas".

During his stay in Antwerp (from 01/08/2011 to 31/08/2011) he will do research on a book with the provisional title Democracy: Direct, Representative and Constitutional (under agreement with Logos Verlag, Berlin).To see a detailed description of Prof. Peonidis' research project click here.
To see Peonidis' curriculum vitae click here.



Dr. Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco studied law and philosophy in Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and Oxford (Balliol College). She publishes in leading scholarly journals and her research aims to advance a better understanding of the relationship between legal and moral objectivity. She is also interested in, and has written on, the methodological problems in legal theory, i.e. the distinction between normative and descriptive jurisprudence, the nature of conceptual analysis and the idea of paradigm in law.
Her current research is located at the intersection of contemporary philosophy of action, classical and medieval philosophical reflections on intentional action, and legal philosophy. She is currently writing a monograph that focuses on the authoritative and normative character of law and argues that the Aristotelian model of intentional action in terms of the ‘guise of the good’ model a) provides the framework for a sound understanding of the normative and authoritative character of law and b) gives the theoretical grounds to dissolve the paradox of legal authority. The provisional title of the monograph is Law Under the Guise of the Good.

She has recently been awarded a Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence (January 2012-July 2012) and will present a paper at the Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values at the University of Chicago in April 2012.


Dr. Valentina Gentile is an UCSIA visiting scholar and is conducting her research on “Moral Stability and Pluralism in Deeply Divided Democracies” at the Center of Ethics of the University of Antwerp. Her promoter is Prof. Willem Lemmers. During her stay in Antwerp she will also be affiliated to the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values.
Dr Gentile is a Research Fellow and adjunct lecturer in the Center for Ethics and Global Politics at LUISS University in Rome. She has been an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London’s School of Public Policy in 2010 and a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Utrecht in 2007-8. She received her Ph.D. in Political Theory with honors from LUISS in 2008.
Her research focuses on liberal tolerance in religiously polarised societies, deliberative democracy, reasonable pluralism and moral stability in post-conflict societies, liberal multiculturalism and post-colonial critique.
Her recent and forthcoming publications include ‘Civil Society in Bosnia after Dayton: The Role of Associations of Victims and Relatives of Missing Persons’ in R. Marchetti and N. Tocci (eds.), Conflict Society and Peace-Building: The Role of Human Rights (Routledge, 2011) and ‘Secularism in Plural Post-Colonial Democracies: Is Liberal Toleration Enough?’ in P. Losonczi and W. Van Herck (eds.), Politics, Religion, Secularisation: India and Europe (Routledge, 2012). She has co-edited with Tom Bailey, Religion and the Limits of Liberalism, Special issue of Philosophia, 40:2 (June 2012), and a collected volume on “Rawls and Religion” (forthcoming 2012, Columbia University Press). She is currently preparing a book on justice and moral stability in post-conflict societies.


Prof. José Manuel Cabra Apalategui holds a Law degree from the University of Màlaga and a Phd in "Fundamental Rights" from the University of Madrid Carlos III. His research is focused on the Theory of Legal Argumentation. He has published several articles on Legal Theory and is now preparing a book on the Theory of Legal Discourse. During his stay in Antwerp (June-July 2010) he intends to write a paper on the claim of correctness in legal discourse.


Dr. Sylvie Delacroix is a lecturer in UCL (jurisprudence and law and ethics) and the director of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law. She was the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University) in 2004-2005. Her Legal Norms and normativity: an essay in genealogy won the Peter Birks second prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2008. She was recently awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2010) to pursue her research on the intersection between law and ethics.

During her visiting period in Antwerp (January-April 2011), she intends to work on a research topic entitled: "The Audacity of Moral Choice".



Prof. Fineman's solely authored publications include books—The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency, The New Press (2004); The Neutered Mother, and The Sexual Family and other Twentieth Century Tragedies, Routledge Press (1995); and The Illusion of Equality: The Rhetoric and Reality of Divorce Reform (1991)—in addition to dozens of journal articles and essays.

Prof. Fineman's visiting period in Antwerp has been postponed to a later stage.


Dr. Dimitrios Kyritsis is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield. Prior to that, he was Hauser Research Fellow at NYU. He writes in legal philosophy and constitutional theory. His publications include 'Representation and Waldron's Objection to Judicial Review' 26 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 4 (2006), 733-751 and 'What is Good about Legal Conventionalism' 14 Legal Theory 2 (2008), 135-166.During his visiting period in Antwerp (June 2011) he intends to explore the limits of judicial power in systems of constitutional review.



Dr. Anne Meuwese studied Law at Leiden University between 1997 and 2002 and spent five months at Sciences-Po in Paris in 2001. In 2003 she completed the M.Jur. at the University of Oxford ( Balliol College). In September 2003 Anne returned to Leiden to work as a teaching assistant and PhD candidate in Public Law. Between March and July 2005 Anne was a trainee at the unit ‘Better Regulation and Institutional Matters’ of the European Commission’s Secretariat-General in Brussels. Anne obtained her PhD in Law from Leiden University on 6 February 2008 with a thesis on 'Impact Assessment in EU Lawmaking'. A commercial edition of this thesis has been published by Kluwer Law International in the European Monographs series (ISBN 9789041127204).

Between March 2006 and February 2008 Anne was a research fellow at the University of Exeter, working on two EU-funded comparative projects on the topic of regulatory impact assessment. From March 2008 onwards she is carrying out a 2-year research project on the relationship between 'meta-rules' flowing from Better Regulation policies and rules within formal constitutional law frameworks at the University of Antwerp, with a post-doctoral Marie Curie fellowship that she won with the support of Professor Patricia Popelier. Anne currently still holds a honourary fellowship at the Leiden University Law Faculty.


Dr. John Pearson is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values.
His research interests include republican political theory and its relevance to issues of global justice. He is also interested in issues relating to global labour standards, with particular reference to the International Labour Organization.

John has an MA in Philosophy and an MPhil in Ethics and Political Philosophy from the KU Leuven, and has recently completed his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.