Documents Ethical Forum 2019

Ethical Forum 2019 - Programme

Academics as soldiers ? 

Welcome desk   13.30 - 14.00 

Part 1: 14.00 – 15.30 

Jacques WILLEMS (chair of the University Foundation)

Introduction and Chair of the first part
Bart PATTYN (coordinator of the Ethical Forum 2019)


 Keynote addresses


  • Erno VANDEWEERT (Policy Officer Defence Research, European Commission)  The European Defence Fund: EU funding for defence research and development.
  • Jo COELMONT Brigadegeneraal (Ret) (Voormalig Permanente Militaire vertegenwoordiger voor België bij de EU,  Senior Research Fellow at Egmont - The Royal Institute for International Relations, Senior Fellow at the Royal Higher Institute for Defence)  Maintaining peace and acquiring knowledge: two sides of the same coin.
  • ​Quentin MICHEL (Unité d’Etudes Européennes, Faculté de droit et de science politique de l’Université de Liège)  May EU Universities contribute to defense related research : when principles confront financial necessity.

Short interventions from the floor

 Part 2: 16.00 – 18.00

Panel discussion chaired by Dominique WILLEMS


  • Christophe WASINSKI (Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales, Département de science politique, Center REPI - recherche en politiques internationales, ULB) 
  • Johan DE TAVERNIER (Faculteit Godgeleerdheid, KU Leuven, chair VLIR working group "Dual Use")       
  • Federico SANTOPINTO (analyst at GRIP - Groupe de recherche sur la paix et la sécurité - specialized on EU integration and external and defence policies)
  • Frédéric MAURO (former French civil servant in Foreign Affairs, specialist on European defence, research associate IRIS)
  • Bart PATTYN (Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, coordinator Ethical Forum 2019)


   General discussion: Keynote speakers, panel members and audience

Concluding remarks by Philippe VAN PARIJS


The available presentations and a number of interesting relevant background documents can be found in the "DOWNLOADS 2019" section of this website.