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Morag Goodwin


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 524

    5037 DE Tilburg



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Research interests

Morag Goodwin holds the Chair in Global Law and Development at Tilburg Law School.

Morag began her academic life as an international lawyer and still self-identifies as one. Her main interest has been in critical approaches to international law. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of global law, development, participation, non-state actors and human rights in norm generation and implementation. She is interested in questions of legitimacy, in relation to the exclusion of non-state actors, the dominance of human rights, technology regulation and issues of global law.

Morag explores the relationship between law and development in a global context. She aims to understand the spaces and flows of law in a global era as they relate to development and to contribute to a better understanding of how law affects questions of participation, exclusion and marginalisation. Her earlier work has examined questions of integration and law in relation to Romani communities. She is currently leading an NWO WOTRO-funded project examining legal status as a structural barrier to participation focusing on the Batwa of Rwanda, with the aim of developing a methodology for examining societal exclusion in the development context. For more on her approach to social exclusion, watch this PetchKucha on Understanding Social Exclusion in Under 7 Minutes:

Morag is Programme Director of EDOLAD (the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development ?, a co-operation between six universities funded by the European Union.

Additionally, her research focuses on the Roma, examining questions of the role of law in maintaining and enforcing exclusion and of legal empowerment. In particular, she is interested in the way in which Romani individuals and communities interact with and are acted upon by the law. Additional aspects of her research in relation to the Roma are focused on European Union integration efforts.

A further strand of her research relates to the regulation of technology, notably in the area of technology transfer, and human rights and ethics in relation to technology regulation questions. She is the co-author (with Roger Brownsword) of the CUP Law in Context book, Law and the Techologies of the Twenty-First Century (2012) and is currently preparing a contribution to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology. She is particularly interested in technology transfer within law and development and international law more broadly.


In the Bachelor programme, Dr. Goodwin teaches and co-ordinates:

  • Fundamental Rights in the European Union (3rd year)
  • Introduction to International and European Law (Liberal Arts, 2nd year)
  • Introduction to International and European Law (LL.B. Global Law, 1st year)
  • Perspectives on Law (Legal Rhetoric and Reasoning) (LL.B. Global Law, 2nd year)
  • Law & Development Topklas (Honours programme, 3rd year)

In the Master programme, she teaches in the course:

  • Human Rights: current issues
  • Minority Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Information on all courses is available via electronic blackboard.


Current courses

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PhD supervision

I provide doctoral supervision in the following fields: international law, law & development (broadly conceived), corruption, technology & innovation in the development context, human rights, Roma, global law.

Current supervisees:

mr. Hanna Weijers, a graduate of the faculty's Research Master. Hanna is working within TILT, researching the role of law in establishing conditions of absorptive capacity for internationally-transferred technology. For more information on Hanna's project, see Hanna's profile page at . Co-supervised with Prof. Corien Prins.

Jobien Monster. Jobien's research is a study of legal reasoning in ADR mechanisms in Cambodia and Rwanda. For more information on Jobien's research: Co-supervised with Prof. Willem Witteveen.

Susan Mathews. Susan's research project is entitled 'Development, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and Human Rights' and takes a critical approach to the development industry. Co-supervised with Prof. Willem van Genugten.

Tihitina Getaneh. Tihitina's research concerns the promotion of technology transfer in Ethiopia through investment laws. Co-supervised with Dr. Angelos Dimopoulos.

Vikas Kathuria. Vikas is a lecturer at Jindahl Global Law School, India. His research takes a critical approach to competition law in the context of development in relation to three countries: India, Brazil and South Africa. Co-supervised with Prof. Pierre Larouche.

Mrs Awilo Ochieng Pernet. Mrs. Ochieng Pernet's research examines the impact of international food standardization on the access of developing countries to global agricultural markets and, more broadly, on poverty reduction. Co-supervised with Prof. Panos Delimatsis.

Lulu Wei: Ms Wei's research examines the legitimacy of internet regulation in China, and in particular the role played by gatekeeper actors, by applying a rights-based frame. Co-supervised with Prof. Bert-Jaap Koops.

Completed supervision:

Ms. Nilufarkhon Karimova, a Ph.D. student at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa defended her thesis in May 2012(external supervisor). Her work concerned the human-rights based approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in the specific context of Georgia and Uzbekistan.


  • Developing Countries
  • International Law
  • Technology And Ethics
  • Roma
  • Human Rights

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Research Output

A comment on ‘gender-sensitive analysis of water governance: Insights for engendering energy transitions’

Goodwin, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Engendering the energy transition: Policy and practice. Palgrave

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Becoming Rwandan? The impact of two decades of unity policies on the Batwa

Goodwin, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : KAOW Bulletin des Séances / Mededelingen der Zittingen.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • Expulsion, extraction and the silent enabler

    Goodwin, M., 2019, (Submitted) In : Tilburg Law Review: Journal on international and comparative law.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Good governance

    Goodwin, M., 2019, (In preparation) Encyclopedia of law and development. Eward Elgar

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

    Architecture, choice architecture and human dignity

    Goodwin, M., Jan 2018, Human dignity in context: Explorations of a contested concept. Kemmerer, A., Grimm, D. & Moellers, C. (eds.). Hart Publishing, p. 393-414 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


    • 1 Participation in conference

    New Roles of CSOs for Inclusive Development

    Jonathan Verschuuren (Contributor), Nicky Broeckhoven (Participant), Dina Townsend (Contributor), Desta Gebremichael Gidey (Participant), Morag Goodwin (Participant)
    10 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conferenceScientific