PhD Candidate in Intellectual Property Law and Development
"The big questions cannot be answered by one person alone. We can only discuss them and enjoy the discussion!"
Who are you?
I studied law and philosophy at the KU Leuven. As a student I was member of Model United Nations (MUN society Belgium and I was president of “Noord-Zuid Studenten” (a student solidarity union). Nowadays, I am a PhD Candidate in Intellectual Property Law and Development. I study the links between legal frameworks surrounding biotechnologies and the right to food. More specifically, I compare the regulation of the farmers’ seed systems in the European Union and in the East African Community. I am fascinated by technology & society, Europe & the globalised world and development & Equality. Especially the interaction of technology with society interests me. What does it bring us? What does it add to humanity? Does it add humanity?
Why are you part of Generation T?
My vision is that improvement is possible step per step, by experiencing and trying. I am determined to take little steps myself: my PhD, volunteering in the organisation of Wereldkamp, the sustainable summer camp of the Flemish NGOs, volunteering in the ecoteam of Leuven Law School. In order not to lose the bigger picture, one has to exchange, to deliberate and to connect. Answers a historical philosophical text are often old-fashioned. What remains interesting are the questions. One cannot answer those alone but can only discuss them and find pleasure in the discussion. That's one thing I hope to experience at Generation T: exchanging with like-minded young people that are equally determined to take little steps on what we think that is the bigger picture.
A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:
I hope to develop an open and inclusive intellectual property rights system that allows subsistence farmers' in the developing south to access scientifically improved farmers' varieties in a legally certain way to the extent that these farmers' think to be useful. I am looking forward to travel back to East Africa to get a first-hand experience of the life of the subsistence farmer and to know whether my idea might be worth developing. I am looking forward to get involved in the local culture. My role is then to offer and to transfer the knowledge I've gained in a very respectful way. Once back in Belgium, I am looking forward to testify my experiences and I hope to contribute to the intercultural dialogue.