Jean Monnet Chair strengthens partnership with Université libre de Bruxelles
With the goal of expanding relations between Belgium and Brazil, the Jean Monnet Chair of FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio), held a series of events that have strengthened the partnership with Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). Between October 25 and November 8, there were three lectures, a promotional event related to exchange programs, and meetings about future projects that could strengthen the bond between the two countries.
On October 25, the Jean Monnet Chair welcomed the Director of ULB’s LLM Program on International Business Law in Brussels, professor Erik Van den Haute. The guest gave a lecture for the Comparative Regionalism course on the theme ‘European Private Law: a comparative approach.’ His class aimed to familiarize Brazilian students with the different European legal systems in the field of private law, as well as the increasing interactions between national private law and European law.
Two weeks later, on November 7 and 8, students had the opportunity to attend the lectures of professors Emmanuelle Bribosia and Isabelle Rorive, full-time professors at ULB and creators of the university’s ‘Equallity Law Clinic.’
In the lecture for the students of the Jean Monnet Chair, the professors taught a class on ‘European and global challenges of equality law.’ Building upon anti-discrimination laws and case studies within the framework of the European continent, they demonstrated the importance of a comprehensive approach to develop normative tools that can address the current developments and challenges in the field.
In an open lecture, the professors addressed the theme ‘Making human rights effective for transpeople.’ They discussed gender issues and the rights of transpeople, sharing their experience of strategic litigation at the European Commission. The event was attended by the Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Chair, professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, who opened the event, and professor Ligia Fabris, who contributed by contextualizing the topic under Brazilian reality.
The partnership was also present in the event Study in Belgium - Étudier en Belgique, whose purpose was to present the exchange programs resulting from the partnership between Direito Rio and ULB. The event was attended by ULB’s international relations representative, professor Julien Cabay, and ULB students who are part of the exchange program at Direito Rio, to give their personal testimonials. FGV students who attended had the opportunity to learn about the programs available and have their concerns addressed.
“All of these activities held by Direito Rio’s Jean Monnet Chair, in partnership with Université libre de Bruxelles, provided a valuable exchange of knowledge in teaching and research on the theme of Compared Regionalism and European Union Law,’ said professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida.