Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp (IOB) The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group runs a full-time post-graduate certificate programme on “Sustainable Development and Global Justice” (SUSTJUSTICE) from 10 February to 30 April 2020. SUSTJUSTICE is a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. It builds upon four editions (2016-2019) of the Sustainable Development and Human Rights Programme (SUSTLAW). SUSTJUSTICE is embedded into the English Master of Laws (LLM) taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp.
The programme combines it's primary focus on law with a inter-disciplinary approach that takes into account the complex nature of the topic. Additionally, it brings together the knowledge and exptertise of the Global South and the Global North for a unique educational experience. SUSTJUSTICE is comprised of four compulsory courses: International Law and Sustainable Development, Human Rights and Global Justice, Law in Developing Countries and External Actors in Aid, Trade and Investment. In a period of 11 intensive weeks, the teaching combines theoretical insights in the classroom with practical assignments such as role-plays, negotiations, moot-courts and writing assignments such as policy briefs and short academic papers. This methodology is aimed at preparing the participants to be change-catalysts in their professional life and in their communities.
In the past four years, the programme has attracted a diverse student body with participants from all over the globe. This diversity is also reflected in the teaching team which includes leading experts from the North and South who discuss salient features of their disciplines, and encourage students to reflect upon key challenges in the area of sustainable development and global justice.
Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp (IOB) 2019 Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) Seminar (14 – 25 October 2019) This two-week evaluation capacity development (ECD) seminar funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation’s Special Evaluation Office (SEO) aims to bring together leading evaluation experts (members of National Evaluation Societies, VOPEs) in developing countries to strengthen those evaluation societies in taking up the role of developing national M&E capacities and use. More specifically, this seminar will enable 25 evaluation experts – who are members of national evaluation societies – to become driving forces in strengthening their national M&E systems and their own evaluation societies.
The importance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the area of development is widely acknowledged and may be understood from its two major objectives, i.e. learning and accountability. M&E is a crucial ingredient in the move towards more evidence-based iterative policy-making and implementation (learning) and, in hands of non-governmental actors, M&E functions as an instrument of accountability. However, establishing well-functioning country-owned M&E systems and arrangements is considered a major challenge (see e.g. the annual Paris Declaration Monitoring Surveys). One of the actors which has largely been neglected in this context, so far, are National Evaluation Societies (NES) or Voluntary Organizations for Professional Evaluation (VOPE). NES/VOPE are organizations which bring together M&E practitioners and experts from different settings (government, NGO, parliament, universities, donors) and which can play an important role in strengthening national M&E capacities and use of M&E.
Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp (IOB) The University of Antwerp Law Faculty’s Law and Development Research Group runs a post-graduate programme on “Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law” (SUSTLAW) from 11 February to 3 May 2019. SUSTLAW offers a comprehensive teaching programme based on the research lines of the Law and Development Research Group. The programme runs in conjunction with the Faculty’s LL.M.
The Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law Postgraduate programme is part of the English Master of Laws taught at the law faculty of the University of Antwerp. The programme joins the very best of the Global South with the best of the Global North for a unique educational experience. SUSTLAW offers four courses: International sustainable development law, human rights and global justice, law in developing countries and external actors in economic global governance. The programme combines theoretical insights with hands-on training, site visits, moot courts and other role plays, making it a very rich and intense learning experience. It seeks to offer profound legal training in a critical and contextualized way.
SUSTLAW attracts a very diverse student body with participants from all over the globe. Leading experts from the North and South introduce salient features of their disciplines, and challenge students to reflect and digest key challenges for sustainable development and global justice.