Speakers Symposium Architects of the Global
Overview speakers symposium Architects of the Global - October 26, 2023, Tilburg University
Poul KjaerCopenhagen School of Business
Poul F. Kjaer is Professor of Sociology of Law and Governance and the Department of Business Humanities and Law, Copenhagen Business School. He hold degrees in law (EUI – Florence), sociology (Goethe university Frankfurt am Main) and political science (Aarhus University). He is currently directing the European Research Council Advanced Grant project ‘Global Value Chain Law: Constituting Connectivity, Contracts and Corporations’. The project investigates the conceptual and material link between colonial law and contemporary global value chain regulation.
His previously directed an European Research Council Starting Grant project entitled ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy – A Socio-legal Approach’. He has been a fellow at institutes of advanced study in Paris and Stellenbosch and visiting professor at numerous other institutions including Harvard, LSE and Sciences Po. His writing focuses on the concepts of law, power, normativity and time in European and global settings with a recent focus on the law of political economy and transformative law. His most recent major publication: ‘What is Transformative Law?’, European Law Open, 1, 4, 760-780, 2022.
Almut Schilling-VacaflorUniversity of Osnabrück
Almut Schilling-Vacaflor, PhD, is a sociologist and anthropologist. Her research deals with environmental governance, business and human rights, commodity chains, participation, extractive industries and the agribusiness, with a focus on Latin America. Schilling-Vacaflor currently co-leads a research project on the private and public governance of soy and beef supply chains from Brazil at Osnabrück University.
Her work about the regulation and governance of global supply chains, including new approaches based on a human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) approach, has been published in important journals such as Regulation & Governance, World Development, Ecology & Society, Human Rights Review and Sustainability. Together with Maria-Therese Gustafsson and Andrea Lenschow, she recently co-edited a Special Issue entitled “The politics of supply chain regulations: Towards foreign corporate accountability in the area of human rights and the environment?” (Regulation & Governance, 2023).
Chair: Paul VerbruggenTilburg University
Prof. dr. Paul Verbruggen specializes in Dutch and European private law. His other areas of interest include legal methodology and the use of data science techniques for doctrinal legal research. In his work, Verbruggen focuses on the allocation of responsibility regarding health, environmental, and safety risks in global value chains and production networks. One relevant theme is the civil liability of multinationals for damage suffered by consumers, employees, and others , as well as the liability of businesses for greenwashing or of online marketplaces for unsafe consumer goods. To address such issues, Verbruggen uses comparative legal analyses and studies the influence of European law on national private law.
He studied law at Tilburg Law School and defended his PhD thesis at the European University Institute in Florence (2013). He worked as a guest researcher at Law School of the London School of Economics and Political Science (2011) and at the Faculty of Law of Oxford University (2018). Verbruggen received an NWO VENI grant for the project 'The constitutionalization of private regulation' (2017-2021) and held the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht (Private Law Journal) rotating chair at KU Leuven (2019-2021).
Panel 2: ‘Global’ Digitalization
Nanjala NyabolaWriter, political analyst, and activist based in Nairobi, Kenya
Nanjala Nyabola is a writer, researcher and policy advocate. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, politics, media and society. She publishes frequently in academic and non- academic platforms as a commentator and analyst. She is the founder of the Kiswahili Digital Rights Project, a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, and a founding member of the Africa Digital Rights Network (ADRN).
She is a fellow at the Digital Forensic Lab at the Atlantic Council, The Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University, and the Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) also at NYU. She has also held fellowships at the Stanford Digital Civil Society Lab, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPIT) Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Inclusive Global Leadership Institute at the University of Denver and other institutions. Nyabola is the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya (Zed, 2018), Traveling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move (Hurst, 2020), Strange and Difficult Times: Notes on a Pandemic (Hurst, 2022), as well as a co-editor of Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan General Election (Twaweza, 2018), The African Migration Review (2020), and Vertical Atlas (ArtEZ: 2022).
Angelina FischerNew York University
Angelina Fisher is Adjunct Professor of Law and Program Director at the Institute for International Law and Justice. She holds an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law. She is the founder and co-teacher of the International Organizations Clinic. Her research interests include global governance of education, international organizations, and technologies of governance (particular uses of data and quantitative information).
Prior to joining the Institute for International Law and Justice, she was a Helton Fellow at Human Rights First, focusing on U.S. and international law related to counterterrorism operations and national security policy and practice. In 2004-2005, she was a Research Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law. She also worked as an associate at the New York law firm Shearman & Sterling, LLP.
Chair: Matthijs NelemansTilburg University
Matthijs Nelemans is Professor of Financial Law Enforcement (financieel strafrecht) at Tilburg Law School. Nelemans specialises in financial (criminal) law and its enforcement by regulatory authorities and the public prosecutor.
Governments and authorities at home and abroad are paying more attention to financial and economic offenses and the abuse of the financial system by criminals. Against this background, his research focuses on the regulation of misconduct in financial and economic dealings, the enforcement of financial law (both criminal and regulatory enforcement) and the financial side of subversive crime such as money laundering, confiscation, bribery and accounting fraud. He also has a specific interest in the impact of emerging technologies on financial crime and its enforcement, such as cryptocrimes and artificial intelligence.
Panel 3: (The) Global State(s)
Arnulf Becker Lorcanow at Brandeis, as of September EUI
Research Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, School of Law. He is a Visiting Faculty at Brandeis University, and has taught at King’s College London, Brown University, University of Helsinki and Amherst College. At Harvard Law School he received the Byse Fellowship to conduct a workshop on The Globalization of Law and has lectured on Latin American International law in the Annual Course of International Law organized by the Organization of the American States. He was adjunct Professor at New England School of Law and Associate Instructor at the Instituto de Ciencia Política, Universidad Católica de Chile.
He graduated as lawyer from Universidad Gabriela Mistral, obtained a Master in International Studies from Universidad de Chile, received his LL.M. (waived) from Harvard and is a SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. His areas of research include comparative international law, the history of international law and international legal theory. He is particularly interested in the tension between ‘universalism’ and ‘particularism’ in the practice of international law, in the ways international lawyers think about that practice, write its history or discuss alternative futures. His current research explores the emergence of the idea of international community in the early twentieth century, focusing on the contributions of non-European international lawyers and specifically on the uses and practice of international law in peripheral settings.
Tanzil ChowdhuryQueen Mary University of London
Tanzil Chowdhury is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Public Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Co-Director for the Centre of Law and Society in a Global Context. Having previously written on war powers, constitutionalism in the British Overseas Territories, and recently completed a monograph titled ‘Time, Temporality and Legal Judgment’ (which attempts to articulate a novel account of judicial fact construction through legal temporalities), Tanzil’s two latest research projects explore constitutionalism and regimes of dispossession, focussing on the Chagos Archipelago; and a reappraisal of constitutional form as the product of class antagonism. Tanzil has also contributed to public discussion and written several pieces on a range of issues primarily around issues of race and policing. He has a chapter in an edited collection ‘Abolishing the Police’.
Chair: Morag GoodwinTilburg University
Morag has held the Chair of Global Law and Development at Tilburg Law School since 2015. She received my Ph.D. from the European University Institute, Florence (2006) on ‘The Romani Claim to Non-territorial Nationhood’; hold an LL.M. (distinction; British Academy scholarship) in International Law from the University of Nottingham (2000) and an M.A. Hons. (1st) in History from the University of Edinburgh (1999). She has worked as a researcher at the European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, and as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. She has been a visiting professor at FGV Direito, Sao Paolo; Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto; and IDC Tel Aviv. She is a founder and series editor of the CUP Global Law book series; am director of the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD); and was elected a corresponding member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences (KAOW) in 2018.
Her research straddles two fields of law: Law and Development, and Law and Globalization. Her work focuses on questions of exclusion, inclusion and participation – and on the impact of law in creating exclusion, structuring inclusion and in providing space for both participation and resistance. She is particularly interested in how global (development) narratives shape and are shaped by these dynamics.
Panel 4: The Global Biosphere
Iván RoncancioMcGill University
Iván Darío Vargas Roncancio, Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Science (Law and Society Program), York University; Ph.D. Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University (2021); J.D (2008) and LL.M (Law and Bioscience, 2011) at the National University of Colombia; Associate Director at the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA, 2022-2023) and post-doctoral fellow, Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) program (2021-2023) both at McGill University. Co-PI: "A Community Path to Higher Education: The Biocultural Indigenous University of the Inga People of Colombia" (Spencer Foundation, Research-Practice Partnership Grant Program); Institutional Ethnographer, Everyday Peace Indicators Project at George Mason University (2017-18) and "Francisco José de Caldas" scholar (COLCIENCIAS-Colombia, 2013-2016).
He has published on Earth Law and the Rights of Nature; Indigenous Legal Traditions and Cosmologies in Amazonia; Anthropology of Plant-Human Relations, and Critical Pedagogies. He has two forthcoming books: Pedagogies for the Ecozoic (Cambridge University Press, with Peter G. Brown) and Law, Place and Plants in Amazonia: Sentient Legalities (Routledge, Law, Justice and Ecology book series).
Andrea MühlebachUniversity of Bremen
Andrea Muehlebach is a Professor of Maritime Anthropology and Cultures of Water at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen, Germany. Her most recent book ("A Vital Politics: Water Insurgencies in Europe," Duke University Press 2023) explores the politics of water utility financialization and re-municipalization in austerity-era Europe. It does so by centering the political, legal, and ethical struggles people wage as they seek to protect water as a public good or commons. One of her current projects is focused on heterodox lawmaking, an interest she has long pursued with the global struggle for indigenous rights and which she is currently exploring with a focus on the Right of Nature movement.
Chair: Floor FleurkeTilburg University
Dr. Floor Fleurke is assistant professor Europeanl law at Tilburg Law School. Floor is a member of three research schools within Tilburg University, namely the Center for Transboundary Legal Development (CTLD), the multidisciplinary Tilburg Sustainability Center (TSC) and the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT). Her research focuses on focuses on European environmental law, with a specific interest in the relationship between science, technology and environmental law.
Floor obtained a PhD (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam in February of 2012, with a thesis on the application of the precautionary principle in the EU and has published several peer-reviewed articles. She is an experienced teacher at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She regularly carries out commissioned research for (inter)national public bodies and non-governmental organizations.