17 May 30 Jun
12:00 - 13:30
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Law Open Air Festival



The Law Open Air Festival consists of informal meetings taking place in our beautiful Faculty of Law garden. In each meeting a member of staff presents you with his or her favourite judicial decision, statute, law book, article, legal problem, lawyer or legal academic.


For example, discover what Hip Hop Music can teach the Law. The presentation is followed by discussion, and there are free snacks and drinks. The Festival starts in the week of 17th May and continues until 1st July.


Please note that we can grant access up to 25 students per session. Seating is therefore limited and on a first come, first serve basis. You can find the registration button on the right hand side. We will share more information about the programme soon. Below you can already find a sneak peek:


Tuesday 18th May, 15.30-16.30 hrs.
Jan SmitsWhat can Hip Hop Music teach the Law? Why 50 Cent and Jay-Z matter a lot to law students.

Friday 21st May, 14.00-15.00 hrs.
Mark KawakamiHappiness, Positive Psychology & Conflict Resolution.

Tuesday 25th May,  15.00-16.00 hrs.
Craig EggettColonialism and the Modernisation of International Law.

Thursday, 27th May, 15.00-16.00 hrs.: 
Frank NellenAfter University: what does a job in a big law firm look like, and how to combine it with a fulfilling personal life?

Friday 28th May, 11.00-12.00 hrs.: 
Bob JennekensWhat’s the law if there are no rules? Restructuring problematic sovereign debt.

Friday 28th May, 16.00-17.00 hrs.:
Andreea Grigoriu, Content moderation on social media.

Thursday 3rd June, 12.30-13.30 hrs.: 
Bram AkkermansProperty law in the 21st century: property, identity and belonging.

Friday 4th June, 14.00-15.00 hrs.:
Marieke Hopman & Tajra Smajić, Are parents allowed to (lightly) spank their children? When different legal systems provide different answers.

Friday 4th June, 16.00-17.00 hrs.:
Pedro Hernandez Serrano, Data science on Climate change laws & policies.

Monday 7th June, 15.30-16.30 hrs.:
Monica ClaesWho gets to decide whether I can wear my headscarf to work: me, my boss or the European Union? 

Tuesday 8th June, 14.00-15.00 hrs.:
Solange DaenenWrongful birth: het prijskaartje aan een oorspronkelijk ongewenste kostganger. (Dutch language) - CANCELLED!

Thursday 10th June, 14.00-15.00 hrs.: Online session!
Sarah SchoenmaekersEU law, culture and mozzarella: culintary traditions as an overriding reason of public interest? 

Friday 11th June, 12.00-13.00 hrs.:
Merijn ChamonEastern European Member States blocking the EU's accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women: can the EU be a promotor of liberal values?

Monday 14th June, 12.00-13.00 hrs.: 
Anke Moerland, IP Talks with Prof. Anselm Kamperman Sanders during the Law Open Air Festival: Corona Vaccines and the WTO Patent Waiver - Does it Make Sense?

Wednesday 16th June, 13.30-14.30 hrs.:
Jojo Baart & Catalina Goanta, Social justice and political speech as advertising on social media. CANCELLED!

Wednesday 16th June, 15.00-16.00 hrs.: 
Mariolina EliantonioThe use of soft law in managing the COVID-19 pandemic between democracy and effectiveness - European and comparative experiences.

Tuesday 22nd June, 16.00-17.00 hrs.:
Gijs van DijckThe Rise of Robo-Judges?

Thursday 22nd June, 13.30-14.30 hrs.: Online session!
Vigjilenca AbaziDe-Throning Mark Zuckerberg as the Benevolent Dictator.

Wednesday 23rd June, 12.00-13.00 hrs.
Agustin PariseExploring the Origins of Comparative Law: John H. Wigmore (1863-1943) and the Law of Otherness.

Thursday 24th June, 15.00-16.00 hrs.:
Hester van der KaaijCeci n'est pas un pipe" versus "Accio wand", on the 'magical' use of language in the world of law in order to create new legal facts. 

Thursday 24th June, 16.00-17.00 hrs.:
Antoine LouisHow well can computers understand legal text?

Friday 25th June, 14.00-15.00 hrs.:
Marijn van der SluisGroen staatsrecht: constitutionele veranderingen voor een duurzame economie. (Dutch language)

Monday 28th June, 16.00-17.00 hrs.:
Rohan Nanda, Can computers assist in solving harmonization challenges?

Tuesday 29th June, 13.00-14.00 hrs.:
Roland Moerland, The roles and responsibilities of individual bystanders to gross human rights violations.

Wednesday 30th June, 15.00-16.00 hrs.: 
Valentina Golunova & Sarah de Heer, What are our digital civil rights and how can we protect them?

Wednesday 30th June,
16.30-17.30 hrs.:
Madalena Narciso, It ain't worth it if it ain't got 5 stars - how do online reviews impact consumer law?


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