E.MA Directors

Prof. Guy Haarscher

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/Directors/uni_haar.jpgName and Title: Professor Guy Haarscher

Position: Ordinary Professor

Postal Address: Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Centre de Droit Public, C.P. 137 50, av. FD Roosevelt 1050 Brussels Belgium

Phone: +32 2 650 3968

Email: guy.haarscher@ulb.ac.be


Professor Haarscher is a Full Professor of Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy, and former President of the Center for the Philosophy of law at his University. He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law (USA) from 1985 to 2008. He is the President of the Chaïm Perelman Foundation. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in 1982. He taught at the Central European University in Budapest from 1992 to 2008 and currently teaches at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is the Belgian E.MA National Director at the ULB and was a member of the EIUC Board from 2002 to 2010.

Research Expertise and Interests:

Professor Haarscher is the author of several books, among them: L’Ontologie de Marx (1980); Egalité et Politique (1982); Philosophie des Droits de l’Homme (1987 – 3d edition, modified: 1991); La laïcité (4th ed. 2010) and Les démocraties survivront-elles au terrorisme? (3d ed., 2008). He has written many articles on topics related to ethics, political philosophy, jurisprudence and general contemporary philosophy.


Professor Haarscher teaches Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy at the ULB. He taught a course on Political philosophy and Law at Duke University. He taught a course on Minority Protection at the Central European University in Budapest. He currently teaches a course on “Les valeurs européennes et leurs mutations” at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Key Publications

(In collab. with J. Allard, L. Hennebel & G. Lewkowicz), Juger les droits de l’homme: Europe et Etats-Unis face à face, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2008.

“Jews and secularization: a challenge or a prospect?”, in E. Ben-Rafael et alii, éds., Jewry between tradition and secularism. Europe and Israel compared, Leiden-Boston, Bill, 2006, pp. 203-222.

«Balancing security and freedoms in an age of terror», in D. Mahncke & J. Monar (eds), International terrorism. A European response to a global threat, Brussels, Pieter Lang, College of Europe studies, 2006.

«Pseudo-argument and creationism», Argumentation Volume 23, Number 3, Editions Springer, 2009.

«Are religious sensitivities above the Constitution? Reflections on the collective defamation of religious people”, in A. Sajo (Dir), Is there something above/behind the Constitution? Kluwer, 2009

Non-academic affiliations

Professor Haarscher is a Belgian public intellectual and intervenes in many debates of general interests in newspapers, on radio and TV.

Link to a detailed CV