I have held the Chair of Global Law and Development at Tilburg Law School since 2015. I 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). I have worked as a researcher at the European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, and as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. I have been a visiting professor at FGV Direito, Sao Paolo; Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto; and IDC Tel Aviv. I am 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.  


My research straddles two fields of law: Law and Development, and Law and Globalization. My 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. I am particularly interested in how global (development) narratives shape and are shaped by these dynamics.

I recently completed a three-year Dutch Science Organisation (NWO) funded research project in Rwanda examining questions of the exclusion and (self-)identity of the Batwa in relation to global narratives of indigeneity; and I am currently working on the accompanying book. I head the second pillar of TLS's Global Law research programme, which focuses on what it is (ethically/ politically) to be a global lawyer.


Recent publications

  1. Away with oppressed methodology! - Reflections on an experiment in la…

    Goodwin, M., Ikdahl, I., Eenmaa, H., & Enciso Santocildes, M. (2022). Away with oppressed methodology! : Reflections on an experiment in law & development education. World Comparative Law.
  2. Evaluating the success of decentralisation in facilitating the inclus…

    Goodwin, M. (2022). Evaluating the success of decentralisation in facilitating the inclusion of Rwanda’s marginalised. The European Journal of Development Research , 1-21.
  3. Good governance

    Goodwin, M. (2021). Good governance. In K. De Feyter, G. Erdem Türkelli, & S. de Moerloose (Eds.), Encyclopedia of law and development (pp. 104-107). Eward Elgar.
  4. A comment on ‘gender-sensitive analysis of water governance - Insight…

    Goodwin, M. (2020). A comment on ‘gender-sensitive analysis of water governance: Insights for engendering energy transitions’. In J. Clancy, G. Özerol, N. Mohlakoana, M. Feenstra, & L. Sol Cueva (Eds.), Engendering the energy transition (pp. 237-240). Palgrave.
  5. Becoming Rwandan? - The impact of two decades of unity policies on th…

    Goodwin, M. (2020). Becoming Rwandan? The impact of two decades of unity policies on the Batwa. KAOW Bulletin des Séances / Mededelingen der Zittingen, 63(2), 187-208.

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