Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2019

In 1995 Tilburg University decided to introduce a Human Rights Award for academic publications in the area of human rights, with a view to draw more attention to this field of study in academic education and research. In 2002 the award was renamed the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award in honour of the Dutch Minister of State, first  OSCE  High  Commissioner on National Minorities and former UN Rapporteur on human rights in Iraq, Mr. Max van der Stoel. In 2019, it was decided that the Tilburg Law School and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) will jointly organise the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award on a bi-annual basis starting in 2019.

Max van der Stoel Award 2019 Ceremony
Friday 13 December 10.30 – 12.30 hrs
Black Box, Tilburg University


Keynote Lecture by Christine van den Wyngaert
‘Current challenges for international criminal justice, Is there light at the end of the tunnel?’

The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998 to address genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, inspired hope that these atrocities would no longer go unpunished. Since its creation, the Court has carried out numerous investigations and has not shied away from prosecuting the highest in power to hold them to account. However, the ICC faces significant challenges such as a lack of cooperation, competing interests and limited resources. Judge Christine van den Wyngaert will reflect on the question whether the future of the ICC looks bright or dim. 

Her keynote address will be delivered at the occasion of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2019. Christine van den Wyngaert, served as a judge at the ICC from 2009-2018. On 8 July 2013, Van den Wyngaert was ennobled by King Albert II of Belgium as a baroness for her services as a judge. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and from 2000 to 2002 an ad hoc judge on the International Court of Justice.

Programme
10:30 Welcome with coffee/tea
11:00 Opening
11:05 Keynote judge Christine van den Wyngaert
12:00 Presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2019 Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin
12:30 Drinks Venue The Black Box, campus Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg. For directions click here.

The number of places is limited. Please register by sending an email to Mirjam Kouwenberg

The keynote lecture will be delivered at the occasion of the awarding of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award. Every two years, Tilburg Law School, together with the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) organises this event dedicated to International Human Rights Day (10 December). The award is given to the best PhD and the best Master thesis or article in the field of human rights. The purpose of the award is to stimulate human rights research in the Netherlands and Belgium. The award is named after Max van der Stoel, who served as OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorites and was professor at Tilburg University.

For more information, please contact Ms Annelies Verkerk, at 070-3420317 or nnhrr@asser.nl.

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