- Mitigating Zoonotic Risks through International Environmental Law and Human Rights Workshop - (TBC) 2023
Organised by Leiden University and supported by the NNHRR. More details to follow.
- Getting down to Business: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence Law and Practice Workshop - (TBC) 2023
Co-organised by Wageningen University and Utrecht University, this workshop is supported by the NNHRR and will be held in 2023. More details to follow.
- Striking a fragile balance? - The Second Additional Protocol to the Cybercrime Convention and its impact on fundamental rights - 28 March 2023
Co-organised by Tilburg University and Leiden University, this event is supported by the NNHRR and will be held on 28 March 2023 in The Hague. Key themes of this event are fundamental and human rights issues, the interaction of the Protocol with relevant EU legislation on electronic evidence, and the confidentiality of content data. For further information on the event, please click here.
- Research Workshop: Human Rights and Natural Resources - 12 October 2023
Organised by the Erasmus School of Law, this workshop is supported by the NNHRR and will be held on 12 October 2023 at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The theme of the workshop is: “Balancing Scarcity, Accessibility, and Protection for a Sustainable Development”. The call for papers is now open, with further information available here.
- Research Workshop: Future-proofing your human rights research: Climate change as a cross-cutting issue for human rights research - 26 September 2023
Organised by the Groningen Centre for Health Law and Tilburg University, this event is supported by the NNHRR and will be held on 26 September 2023 at Groningen University. This event invites participants to actively reflect on their current research from a climate change perspective, and investigates human rights scholars’ academic responsibility to confront climate change more directly in their research. The call for papers is now open, with further information available here.
Past Events 2022
- Research Workshop: Symposium on Private-Sector Involvement in Armed Conflicts and Access to Justice for Human Rights and Environmental Harm: The Case of Colombia - 15 December 2022
Organised by Tilburg University and supported by the NNHRR, this event took place on the 15th of December 2022, from 12:00-18:00. The symposium brought together experts on transitional justice, peacebuilding, development, and business, human rights, and the environment to discuss the involvement of business actors in human rights and environmental harm in situations of armed conflict and the barriers victims encounter in seeking effective redress. Taking Colombia as a case study, it examined the role of business actors in armed conflict and peacebuilding, as well as different legal mechanisms to address corporate human rights and environmental harm. The symposium was organized at the Department of Public Law and Governance of Tilburg Law School on occasion of the defence of Philipp Wesche’s doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Business-related human rights violations and access to justice in Colombia’. To read a report summarizing the event, please click here.
- NNHRR Doctoral Research Forum 2022
In partnership with the University of Groningen and Open Universiteit, the NNHRR hosted its second Doctoral Research Forum in-person on 14 October 2022 at the Van Swinderen Huys. The Forum brought together PhD candidates who engaged in research in the field of human rights. The objective of the Forum was to give participants the opportunity to present their work in a collaborative and informal setting and to facilitate interaction between junior and senior members. To read more about the programme, click here.
- Research Workshop: A Conditional Release Procedure for Life Prisoners—an International Comparative Approach
This workshop aimed to clarify, in an international comparative manner, how a conditional release procedure for life prisoners could be given form in the Netherlands. The workshop built on a previous workshop on life imprisonment organised by prof. Dirk van Zyl Smit and dr. Catherine Appleton in Onati, Spain in 2015. This previous workshop resulted in an edited volume ‘Life Imprisonment and Human Rights’. The event took place on 16 September 2022 from 10:30-16:00 at Radboud University, with the possibility of joining online via Zoom. For the full programme, click here.
- Round Table: 'When Corporations Disrespect Women's Human Rights: Access to Remediation of Good Quality' – 08 July 2022
During a round table on 8 July from 15:15-16:15 at Leiden University, five experts in gender, business and human rights considered what it means for justice systems to be ‘of good quality’ for women when corporations have disrespected their rights. The experts were Katharine Booth (SOMO), Dewi Keppy (WO=MEN), Marianna Leite (ACT Alliance), Liesbet Stevens (Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, Belgium) and Meredith Veit. Aleydis Nissen moderated this round table. It was supported by the NNHRR, FWO, FNRS and the universities that focus on the theme Institutions for Conflict Resolution in the Dutch Legal Sector Plan (Leiden University, Utrecht University and Radboud University). For more information, see here.
- Expert Panel Discussion: 'Transnational civil litigation and corporate liability: Mexico v. Smith & Wesson' - 02 May 2022
On the 02 May, the Mexican Embassy in The Hague—in collaboration with the Asser Institute and the University of Amsterdam—organised an in-depth discussion on the transnational litigation implications of the ground-breaking case of Mexico v. Smith & Wesson. The expert panel included leading legal scholars from an array of universities. To read more about the event, click here. To watch the recording, click here.
- 'Covid and the rights of citizens - a conversation with Prof Kim Rubenstein on the Australian experience' - 1 March 2022
On 1 March 2022 at 20:00, Professor Kim Rubenstein (University of Canberra) and Dr Julie Fraser (University of Utrecht) discussed the importance of citizenship-related rights to the experiences of those who found themselves stranded overseas during the pandemic. For the recording, see here.
Past Events 2021
- Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2021 online ceremony - 10 December 2021
The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2021, organised by the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) and Tilburg Law School, was presented on 10 December 2021 from 13:00 to 14:00 CET. We had the honour to welcome Her Excellency Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Human Rights Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She presented a keynote entitled: Education lasts a lifetime: let’s give human rights a greater place in the classroom. After the keynote, the award winners were announced.
- NNHRR Online Lecture with Prof Tom Ginsburg: 'Democracies and International Law'
On Monday, 6 December 2021 at 17:00 CET, Prof Tom Ginsburg gave a lecture on his recent book Democracies and International Law followed by a discussion with introductory remarks by Dr Uladzislau Belavusau (Asser Institute) and moderated by Dr León Castellanos-Jankiewicz (Asser Institute, NNHRR Academic Coordinator). Please register here for the lecture.
- Workshop on the human rights implications of persuasive design and manipulation via digital products - 19 November 2021
Supported by the NNHRR, the Amsterdam Law & Tech Institute at the VU and the NNHRR Human Rights in the Digital Age Working Group organised a workshop which explored persuasive design with a multidisciplinary approach, putting together in one room lawyers, designers, social scientists, computer scientists, and ethicists. For more information, see here.
- PhD Training – 5 November 2021
The first part of the PhD Training was organised by Maastricht University and took place online. For the full program, see here.
- Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights: Friend or Foe? Workshop - 28 October 2021
The Erasmus School of Law, together with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance and supported by the NNHRR, hold a one-day workshop to create an all-encompassing discussion on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Human Rights. For more information and the call for papers, see here.
- PhD Follow-up Training - 21-22 October 2021
The 2021 Follow-up PhD Training was hosted by Radboud University Nijmegen. For more information, see here.
For the full program and registration details, see here.
- Decolonisation and human rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands Workshop - 14 October 2021
Organised by the T.M.C. Asser Institute and the Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance, this workshop will seek to critically engage with decolonisation in the Dutch context by focussing on its specific nexus with human rights. For more information and registration details, see here.
- Post-Schrems II Workshop - 11 October 2021
Assisted by the NNHRR, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society and the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen organized a roundtable which aims at discussing challenges posed to the right to an effective remedy enshrined in Art. 47 CFREU, when personal data are transferred outside the borders of the Union. For more information, see here.
- Artificial Intelligence: The New Frontier of Business and Human Rights Workshop - 7-8 September 2021
The NNHRR Business and Human Rights Working Group and the Asser Institute hosted a workshop focusing on the human rights responsibilities of private businesses that produce, sell and use AI technologies, as well as the responsibility of States in regulating private actors in order to safeguard human rights. For more information and the full program, see here.
- The Right to Contribute to Environmental Information Workshop - 8 July 2021
Tilburg University, supported by the NNHRR, hosted a multimedia, immersive and interactive workshop on environmental information. For the full program, see here.
- HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) in University Education - 6 July 2021
The NNHRR partnered with the HELP project for this event on university education and the safety of journalists. For more information, see here.
- Annual Toogdag (Research Day) - 22-24 June 2021
The University of Amsterdam and the Vrije University Amsterdam jointly hosted the Annual Toogdag in 2021. The theme was 'human rights and vulnerability' and the event addressed the topic through PhD workshops, panels and NNHRR Working Group sessions. For more information, see here.
- Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the Netherlands: Protection, Integration, and Transition to Adulthood Webinar - 24 June 2021
Convened by the NNHRR Migration and Borders Working Group, this event focused on migration and vulnerability, and in particular on the challenges that unaccompanied migrant children residing in the Netherlands face when they reach the age of legal adulthood. For the full program, see here.
- Research Visualisation Workshop - 9 & 11 June 2021
This two-part workshop taught researchers how to effectively communicate their research projects in a visual manner.
- The European Convention on Human Rights: Beyond a Treaty Conference - 27 May 2021
This conference is organised on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in a joint collaboration with the NNHRR, the Montaigne Centre for Rule of Law and Administration of Justice, and Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law. For more information, see here.
- Climate Justice and the Business of Energy Transition Workshop - 20 May 2021
Tilburg University, in conjunction with the NNHRR, is organising an open forum for presentations on justice and human rights concerns in the context of the energy transition. For the program, see here.
- Children and Young Adults in Contact with the Law: Systemic Vulnerabilities and Institutional Responses Webinar - 16 April 2021
This webinar is jointly organised by Leiden University, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Maastricht University in conjunction with the NNHRR. For the full report of the event, see here.
- Doctoral Research Forum - 22-23 February 2021
The Forum brought together PhD candidates who engaged in human rights research, and enabled them to present their work in a collaborative setting with peer to peer exchange as well as interaction and mentorship between junior and senior members. For the program, see here.
Past Events 2020
- EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum Workshop - 23 November 2020
On the occasion of the EU New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the working group Migration & Borders organized an online workshop with migration scholars from Tilburg University. For more information, click here.
- PhD Training – 16-17 November 2020
The PhD Training for 1st and 2nd year PhD-students took place on the 16th and 17th of November and was hosted by Utrecht University. For the program, see here.
- The Legacy and Future of the Mothers of Srebrenica Case Workshop - 12 November 2020
Utrecht University and NNHRR hosted a workshop on The Legacy and Future of the Mothers of Srebrenica Case. For more information, see here.
- Climate Change as a Business and Human Rights Issue Workshop - 15 October 2020
The Business and Human Rights Working Group held an online panel discussion on the intersection between climate change and business and human rights. The event aimed to bring in the voices of scholars and practitioners who are tackling corporate and state accountability for climate change from different perspectives. For more information, click here.
- PhD Follow-up Training - 25 September & 2 October 2020
The PhD Follow-up Training for 3rd and 4th year PhD-students was organised by Tilburg University and was originally planned for May 2020. This training was rescheduled for 25 September & 2 October 2020. For the program, see here.
- Annual Toogdag (Research Day) - 29 June - 1 July 2020
The University of Amsterdam hosted the Annual Toogdag. The topic of this year’s Toogdag was ‘vulnerability’. Please see our 'Annual Toogdag' page for details on the programme.
Past Events 2019
- Max van der Stoel Award Ceremony - Friday 13 December
On the occasion of UN Human Rights Day, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award was presented at Tilburg University. Julie Fraser of Utrecht University received the award for best dissertation in the field of human rights research and Peggy ter Vrugt of Maastricht University won the prize for best Master thesis in that area. For more information, please click here.
- Lecture Tineke Strik - 18 October
On 18 October 2019 Tineke Strik, Associate Professor in Migration Law at Radboud University Nijmegen and Member of the European Parliament (GreenLeft) gave a lecture, “The external dimension of EU asylum and migration policy: bridging science, politics and practice.”. The lecture took place at the T.M.C. Asser Institute and was followed by a reception. It was preceded by a PhD Meet & Greet with Tineke Strik, where the junior members of the NNHRR had the unique opportunity to ask direct questions and discuss with her about her experience in a more informal setting.
- NLNBHR Workshop “The Gender Dimension of Business and Human Rights” - 9 October
The Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research’s working group on business and human rights (@NLNBHR) recently held a workshop on the Gender Dimension of Business and Human Rights, under the auspices of the Asser Institute in The Hague. While it has long been recognised that corporate-related human rights harms affect men and women differently, there has been little attention paid to the gender dimensions within business and human rights scholarship and practice. This workshop sought to bring scholars together to provide an overview of the ‘state of the art’ within business and human rights in relation to gender issues and to facilitate a constructive dialogue around potential spaces for collaboration and paths forward. For more information, click here
- Toogdag 2019 - 20 and 21 June
The Toogdag 2019 took place on 20 and 21 June 2019 and was hosted by the Maastricht University. For the report, please click through to the Toogdag 2019 page.
- PhD Training 2019 - 13 and 14 May
In 2019, the PhD Training took place on 13 and 14 May. The PhD Training was aimed at 1st and 2nd year PhD Students. The Erasmus University Rotterdam has hosted the training.For the program, see here.
- FIFA and Human Rights Conference - 8 May
NNHRR members Antoine Duval (Senior researcher at the Asser Institue and member of the Business and Human Rights Working Group) and Daniela Heerdt (chair of the Business and Human Rights Working Group) have organised a conference on FIFA and human rights, discussing the impacts, policies, and responsibilities FIFA has with regard to human rights. The Conference took place on May 8th at the Asser Institute in The Hague.
- Follow-Up PhD Training - 29 March
NNHRR Follow-Up PhD Training, aimed at 2nd and 3rd year PhD students who are a member of the NNHRR. The PhD Training took place at the University of Groningen on 29 March 2019. For the program, see here.