Morag Goodwin
  • Warandelaan 2, Montesquieu Building, room M 524

    5037 AB Tilburg



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

Morag's research focuses on questions of exclusion, inclusion and participation, and the role of law or regulatory phenomenon (e.g. indicators or discourses) in creating and structuring exclusionary dynamics. She is particularly interested in the role that global (development) narratives play in such dynamics. 

Her earlier work examined questions of integration and law in relation to Romani communities in the European space. A more recent project (2014-2018), funded by NWO WOTRO, explored the extent to which indigenous identity of the Batwa of Rwanda functioned as a structural barrier to participation in society. More information on this project, including a short documentary, is available at 

For more on her approach to social exclusion in general, watch this PetchKucha on Understanding Social Exclusion in Under 7 Minutes:

Morag is also co-director of the LL.B. Global Law programme at Tilburg; series editor of the CUP Global Law book series and director of the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD). She has been a visiting professor at FGV Direito, Sao Paolo; Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto; and, in 2022, will be a visiting professor at IDC School of Law, Tel Aviv.


Prof. Goodwin teaches in and co-ordinates:

  • Introduction to Global Law I (LL.B. Global Law, 1st year)
  • Perspectives on Law (LL.B. Global Law, 2nd year)
  • Final Essay (LL.B. Global Law, 3rd year)
  • Introduction to International and European Law (Liberal Arts, 2nd year)
  • Global Trade and Development Law (LL.M.)

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: law & development, technology & innovation in the development context, human rights, Roma, global law. My doctoral supervision is currently entirely focused on qualitative research in the deveoplment sphere (broadly understood).

Current supervisees:

Kirandeep Kaur: Rights, Status and Asylum: Unheard Voices in the Struggle for Transnational Community Development (2015-). This is an EDOLAD joint doctorate with the University of Oslo, co-supervised by Prof. Anne Hellum.

Casilda Zarauz: A Study on the Right to Consultation of Indigeous Peoples in Peru (2015-). This is an EDOLAD project with the University of Deusto. Co-supervised with Dr. Daniel Augenstein (Tilburg).

Michael Leach: Critiquing Rule of Law in Development Interventions (2016-). This is an EDOLAD joint doctorate with the University of Edinburgh; co-supervised by Dr. Gerhard Anders (Edinburgh).

Asnakech Getnet: Unveiling Amhara Ethiopian Muslim Women’s Consent for Adjudication under Sharia: Complexity and Ambiguity of Consent in the Interaction between Multiple Norms and Identities (2016- ). This is an EDOLAD joint doctorate with the University of Oslo; co-supervised with Prof. Anne Hellum (Oslo). 

Maria Recalde-Vela: Narratives of Inclusion in the practice of statelessness advocacy (2018-). This is an EDOLAD joint doctorate with the University of Oslo. Co-supervised with Dr. Laura van Waas (Tilburg) and Prof. Ingunn Ikdahl (Oslo).

Hellen Mukiri-Smith: Legibility and Visibility Technologies in the context of Data Justice (2018-). Hellen is part of the ERC project, Global Data Justice. Co-supervised with Linnet Taylor.

Nairita Roy Chauduri: Towards a regulatory framework enabling sustainable adaptation to climate change-induced water scarcity: Cases from rural India (2019- ). This is an EDOLAD joint doctorate with the University of Oslo. Co-supervised with Prof. Jonathan Verschuuren (Tilburg) and Prof. Anne Hellum (Oslo).

Completed supervision:

Ms. Nilufarkhon Karimova, The human-rights based approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) in the specific context of Georgia and Uzbekistan; defended in 2012 at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa (external supervisor). 

mr. Hanna WeijersMade in Africa: A discussion on the role of law in absorptive capacity in African software industries; defended 2014. Co-supervised with Prof. Corien Prins (Tilburg)

Vikas Kathuria. Competition law in the context of development in relation to three countries: India, Brazil and South Africa; defended 2016. Co-supervised with Prof. Pierre Larouche (Tilburg).

Li JuanProperty Rights as a Tool for Empowerment in Reforming Land Financing in China; defended 2017. Co-supervised with Dr. Phillip Paiement (Tilburg).

Lulu Wei: The Legitimacy of the Gatekeeper Regime in Chinese Internet Regulation; defended 2018. Co-supervised with Prof. Bert-Jaap Koops (Tilburg).

Himani BhakuniBioethics of the Developing World: Access to Medicines, Distributive Justice and Development; defended 2018. This was an EDOLAD joint doctorate with the University of Edinburgh. Co-supervised with Prof. Anne Griffiths.

Tihitina Getaneh:The Role of the Investment Legal Framework in Ethiopia’s FDI-Development Nexus. Co-supervised with Dr. Angelos Dimopoulos. Defence on 17th December 2020.

External positions

Chair, International Advisory Group (NWO-WOTRO)

27 Sept 202131 Dec 2023

Book series editor (Cambridge University Press)

1 Sept 2014 → …


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


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