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Mission

Human Rights Here (HRH) aims to support the critical exchange of research, analysis and ideas between scholars and practitioners, as well as other relevant stakeholders, students and the media, to promote strategies resulting in an awareness and culture of human rights.

Aims

Human Rights Here (HRH) is a blog edited by a team consisting of members of the Netherlands Network of Human Rights Research (NNHRR), that aims to facilitate:

  • discussions of human rights issues of current societal pertinence in the Netherlands, Europe and around the world;
  • connections between the intellectual efforts of the members of NNHRR and other interested persons;
  • making publications of cutting-edge research accessible to the wider Dutch and international human rights academia;
  • bridge-building between academia and other relevant stakeholders, making the network a point of reference for public officials, journalists, (I)NGOs, practitioners, students and other interested persons;
  • the societal relevance of human rights and its research, by bringing academic work and the human rights interests of society closer.

Editorial Board

Founding members (since 2019)

Dr. Elif Durmuş is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp. She is part of an inter-University BOF project ("Future-Proofing Human Rights: Developing Thicker Accountability") in which she theorises how the concept of "duty-bearer" in human rights could be deepened, strengthened and expanded, through doctrinal and legal theoretical insights from other (legal) fields. She obtained her PhD from Utrecht University as part of the NWO VICI project "Cities of Refuge", within which she explored local governments' engagement with human rights in both legal and extra-legal ways, in the field of migration. She holds an LLB from Ankara University and an advanced LLM degree from Leiden University (cum laude) in public international law. Her research interests lie in norm-generation, localisation of and socialisation through human rights, and the pluralisation of sources and actors of international law. 

 

Dr. Aikaterini Tsampi is assistant professor of International Law at the University of Groningen Law Faculty, Department of Transboundary Legal Studies. Her monograph “Le principe de séparation des pouvoirs dans la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme” was recently published by Pedone. Her research interests revolve around the system of the European Convention on Human Rights, rule of law and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs). She lectures in the UG Top Rated LLM Programme, Public International Law and as participates a post-doc researcher in the project “Novel smoke-free policies to protect children as part of a tobacco endgame: assessing international and local experiences to generate transferable lessons for the Netherlands”.

Members since September 2021

Candice Foot is a PhD Researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the interdisciplinary research initiative “Public and private interests: A new balance” which explores the role of private actors in safeguarding public interests. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and received a Master’s degree from Utrecht University in public international law with a specialisation in international environmental law and international law of the sea. Her research interests include environmental law, human rights, business and human rights, gender, and particularly the intersections between these areas.

 

Antenor Hallo de Wolf (PhD) is an assistant professor in international law and international human rights law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. His main research interests include human rights and the privatization of public functions/services, the provision of essential public services and human rights, investment, regulation of non-state actors and human rights, the prevention of torture, the law of the sea, and the prohibition on the use of force. In his free time he likes to bang the drums!

 

Monique Kalsi is a PhD researcher in the TReSPAsS-ETN (Training in Secure and Privacy-preserving biometrics - Early Training Network) project at the University of Groningen. Her current research focuses on combining the legal requirements of data protection by design and by default with the technological developments of biometric systems. She is a double master’s degree holder in Public International Law from the University of Strasbourg, and in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. She has graduated from the Legal Clinic in Human Rights Program of the Institut international des droits de l’Homme - Fondation Rene Cassin in Strasbourg. Her research interests include responsible innovation, sustainable development, business and human rights, and data protection.

 

Amy Weatherburn is a FRS-FNRS Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for European Law and Institute of European Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her research interests focus on labour migration, labour exploitation and fundamental rights. She also teaches International and European Criminal Law at Master Level and is Adjunct Professor at the Brussels School of Governance. Since 2015, she has had significant research experience working on projects related to human trafficking and labour migration, including the 2021 ILO Study on Access to Protection and Remedy for for victims of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Founding & Past members

 

Felisa Tibbitts is Chair in Human Rights Education at SIM at the Department of Law, Economics and Governance at the University of Utrecht. Her research interests include peace, human rights and global citizenship education; curriculum policy and reform; critical pedagogy; and human rights and higher education transformation. She is also a lecturer in the Comparative and International Education Program at Teachers College of Columbia University. 

Dr. Stephanie Rap is assistant professor in children’s rights at the Department of Child Law, Leiden Law School. Her academic interest lies in the field of the effective participation of children in diverse (judicial) procedures and settings, such as in child justice, child care and protection, asylum procedures and in schools. She teaches in the LL.M. programme entitled Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights on topics related to child justice, child victims and child protection.