4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT March 20
Benjamin Dalle, Minister of Brussels, Youth, Media & Poverty Reduction in the Flemish government of Belgium
Jeroen Dewulf, Director, Institute of European Studies
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As a student of Law in Ghent, Benjamin Dalle spent ample time endlessly discussing political issues at the pub. He spent his last academic year as an Erasmus student in Paris, at the René Descartes University. After Ghent and Paris, Benjamin wished to make his American dream come true. Through different scholarships (BAEF, Fulbright, Hugo Grotius scholarship), he was able to study one year at NYU (New York University) School of Law, one of the most prestigious centers of international law. He focused mainly on (international) public law, human rights and environmental law. In New York, he obtained his “LL.M. in International Legal Studies”, topped by the Jerome Lipper Prize for excellence in the LL.M. programme. After the US, Benjamin went to Switzerland to intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. He worked for the “human rights liaison” that established the link between UNHCR and the various human rights institutions of the United Nations. Once back in Belgium, Benjamin started as an attorney at an international law firm and became an academic assistant at the Catholic University of Leuven. He was an assistant until 2009 and is still connected to the Institute for Constitutional Law as a volunteering researcher. After the elections of 2014, Benjamin participated in the negotiations on the government formation of the federal coalition. He became deputy chief of staff to the minister of Justice. In January 2019, he was appointed as a senator. Since October 2019, he is the minister of Brussels, Youth, Media & Poverty Reduction in the Flemish government.
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