I received my PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Louvain (UCL) in 2013. While doing research on legal mobilizations within the transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina, I worked as a Special Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, from 2008 to 2014. I also worked closely with Geoffrey Pleyers and was very involved in his research group on social movements in the global age (SMAG).
After completing my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales in Paris (2014-2015) and at the French Institute of Pondicherry in India (2015-2016). In Paris, I explored the role of agriculture in the ecological transition and learned a lot from working with Prof. Dominique Méda. I also studied the involvement of peasant and indigenous movements in global climate discussions with Deborah Delgago Pugley. In Pondicherry, I conducted research on the emerging human right to land, and initiated a new research project on domestic workers with Audrey Richard Ferroudji.
Prior to becoming an academic, I worked for a number of human rights organizations and development NGOs, including FIAN in Belgium, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in France, and the Maquila Solidarity Network, Rights & Democracy, and Oxfam in Canada.
I hold a MA in business administration from the Louvain School of Management (UCL) and a MA in environmental management from the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
- Claeys, P. (2015) Human Rights and the Food Sovereignty Movement. Reclaiming Control. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Lambek, N., Claeys, P., Wong, A., and Brilmayer, L. (eds.) (2014) Rethinking Food Systems. Structural Challenges, New Strategies, and the Law. Springer.
- Lambek, N., and Claeys, P. (2016) ‘Creating an Environment for a Fully Realized Right to Food: Progress, Challenges and Emerging Alternative Policy Models’. Vermont Law Review 40 (Book 3)
- Claeys, P. (2015) ‘The Right to Land and Territory: New Human Right and Collective Action Frame’. Revue internationale d’études juridiques 73 (2), 115-137.
- Claeys, P. (2015) ‘The Right to Food: Many Developments, More Challenges’. Canadian Food Studies 2 (2), 60-67.
- Claeys, P. (2015) ‘Food Sovereignty and the Recognition of New Rights for Peasants at the UN: A Critical Overview of La Via Campesina’s Rights Claims over the Last 20 Years’. Globalizations 12 (4), 452-465.
- Claeys, P., and Vanloqueren, G. (2013) ‘The Minimum Human Rights Principles Applicable to Large-Scale Land Acquisitions or Leases’. Globalizations 10 (1), 193-198.
- Claeys, P. (2012) ‘The Creation of New Rights by the Food Sovereignty Movement: The Challenge of Institutionalizing Subversion’. Sociology 46 (5), 844-860.
- Claeys, P. (2014) ‘Droit à la terre et contrôle des territoires. Du rôle du droit dans les luttes agraires’. Au-Delà de l’accaparement; Ruptures et continuités dans l’accès aux ressources naturelles. Ed. by In Silva- Castañeda, L., Verhaegen, E., Charlier, S., and Ansoms, A. Brussels: Peter Lang, 135-154.
- Claeys, P. (2013). ‘From Food Sovereignty to Peasants' Rights: An Overview of Via Campesina’s Struggle for New Human Rights’. La Via Campesina's Open Book: Celebrating 20 Years of Struggle and Hope. La Via Campesina.
- Claeys, P. (2012) ‘Vers des alternatives au capitalisme néolibéral par une conception alternative des droits humains? L’expérience des organisations paysannes’. Le courage des alternatives. Ed. by Eberhard, C. Paris: Karthala, 103-120
I am now actively following the process of negotiation of a UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas at the Human Rights Council. My emphasis is on collective rights to resources.