Apr 2

POSTPONED Peter Vermeersch Millennium Talk

What is True Justice

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Think of crime and punishment and you might believe that there is a straightforward relationship between the two.  But for leading Belgian thinker Peter Vermeersch, who recently sat on a jury in what appeared to be a straightforward case of robbery, things are not at all so black and white. In this talk he reflects on violence and the true value of punishment and justice in our time, and discusses whether there are better forms of justice and fairer laws to address violence and wrongdoing.

5.00 – 6.30 PM   Millennium Talk

• Tickets: 5€
• Talk and debate in English
• For young minds only (aged 14-18yrs)
• Location: Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles

BOOK HERE  [Registration is compulsory]


Peter Vermeersch is a Belgian professor of social science and politics, as well as a writer of essays and literary non-fiction, and a poet. His work focuses on minority politics, nationalism in East-Central Europe and the Balkans, democratisation and, most recently, restorative justice. His previous novel Ex: Over een land dat zoek is (Ex. About a Country that is Gone) was nominated for the AKO Literature Prize, the Bob den Uyl Prize, the Golden Owl and the E. du Perron Prize. In 2016 he won the Literature Prize of the Province of West Flanders. Peter has studied, lived, and conducted research in several European countries and he is now research coordinator of the LINES Institute (Leuven International and European Studies) at the University of Leuven. He was previously visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2007-2008). Together with David Van Reybrouck, he brought to life the European Constitution in Verse!

Millennium Talks are an opportunity for young audiences (aged 14-18yrs) to interact – listen and talk – with inspiring and innovative thinkers and do-ers from around the world, on subjects relevant to you, in a relaxed context.