Asser Participation in School of Human Rights

The School of Human Rights Research was officially acknowledged by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 1995. In 1999 an application was made for a re-accreditation of the School for a new five years term from 2000-2005. A positive decision on this application was taken by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in June 2000. In 2005 the importance of the School was again recognized through a re-accredition for the period 2006-2011.

The School of Human Rights Research is an inter-university alliance, a joint effort of the School of Law (Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance) and the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University, and the Faculties of Law of Maastricht University, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Tilburg University and Leiden University. The T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague, also participates in the Researchschool. The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) is one of the core institutes participating in the research alliance.

The Research School comprises a communal/collective research and training programme for Ph.D. researchers who are employed at the universities who participate in the School, and aims to unite researchers in the field of human rights. Various disciplines are represented within the Research School: Law (including several subdisciplines), Political Science, History, Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology.

Mission statement

The School of Human Rights Research aims at promoting disciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific research in the field of human rights. By means of critical analysis and the submission of proposals, based on thorough scientific research, the School wants to contribute to the further implementation and strengthening of international, regional and national systems of protection of human rights.