Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Philippe Van Parijs

Prof. dr. Philippe Van Parijs is the world’s authority on universal basic income. He is a co-founder of BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network), a worldwide network for the promotion of a universal basic income and chairs its International Board. He studied philosophy, law, political economy, sociology and linguistics in Brussels, Louvain, Oxford, Bielefeld and Berkeley. He holds doctorates in the social sciences and in philosophy.


He is a Professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the University of Louvain and a Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford. For several years, he was a Regular Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is a member of the editorial boards of many scientific journals. His books include Qu'est-ce qu'une société juste? (Paris 1991), Arguing for Basic Income (London 1992, ed.), Real Freedom for All (Oxford 1995), What's Wrong with a Free Lunch? (Boston 2001), L'allocation universelle (Paris 2005, with Y. Vanderborght), Just Democracy (Colchester 2011) and Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford 2011).

Prof. dr. Jože Mencinger

Prof. dr. Jože Mencinger is a proponent of introducing universal basic income to Slovenia. He expressed his views on UBI also in an article that was published in the Slovenian translation of Free Lunch for All? by Philippe Parijs. He is a Professor at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, where he lectures on Economic System and Policy, Statistical Methods of Social Research, International Economic Relations and EU Law and Economics. Mencinger was Minister of Economy and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and Chancellor of the University of Ljubljana. In 1995, he became a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2001, he was awarded the Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia.

Prof. dr. Guy Standing

Prof. dr. Guy Standing is one of the principal advocates of basic income. He is a co-founder and current co-president of BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network), which includes economists, philosophers and other social scientists from over 40 countries. After studying economics at the University of Sussex, he obtained an MA in Labour Economics and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois in the United States and earned his PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge.


Prof. dr. Standing is Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath. He is on the editorial advisory boards of several academic journals and has written and edited books on labour economics, labour market policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment policies, and social protection policy. His books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (London and New York, Bloomsbury Academic, 2011), Social Income and Insecurity: A Study in Gujarat, with Jeemol Unni, Renana Jhabvala and Uma Rani (New Delhi, Routledge, 2010), Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2009), Promoting Income Security as a Right: Europe and North America (London, Anthem Press, 2005), and Beyond the New Paternalism: Basic Security as Equality (London, Verso, 2002).

Dipl. Ing. Klaus Sambor

Dipl. Ing. Klaus Sambor has been the coordinator of the Attac international network for universal basic income since 2004. He is also a member of BIEN, a board member of the "Civil Society Initiative" and a member of “Round Table Basic Income“. He is the initiator of the UBI petition in Austria. For several years, he worked as Secretary General of the European Sustainable Development NGO.

Dr Igor Pribac

Dr Igor Pribac is a supporter of an idea on UBI. He is an editor of books on UBI published in Slovenia: UTD v Sloveniji (Ljubljana, 2011) and Brezplačno kosilo za vse (Ljubljana, 2004). He studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Ljubljana. He obtained a PhD with a thesis on natural law in Hobbes and Spinoza. Since 1985, he has taught at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana. He has written on a variety of subjects, including psychology and psychoanalysis, natural law, early modern political theory, and the notion of post-modernism.