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Doctoral Research Forum Blog Series: Introduction

Doctoral Research Forum Blog Series: Introduction

by Stephanie Triefus

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In February 2021, eighteen PhD researchers based around the Netherlands gathered online to share their research. Despite the inevitable ‘Zoom fatigue’ faced by all after nearly 12 months of pandemic living, these diligent researchers dedicated a colossal two full days of screen time to supporting their colleagues, listening intently to one another’s presentations and asking insightful questions. They were joined by several senior members of the Network, who provided their wise reflections on the topics discussed while gently and genially pushing the participants onwards in their research journeys. Participants reported that the Forum provided ‘useful feedback, a safe environment and inspiration’ in an otherwise isolating time. This blog series details the research of some of these participants, and covers a wide range of current topics related to human rights. 

Nathalie Schnabl uses the Dutch child benefits scandal to illustrate the resources needed by individuals to fairly participate in the legal system.David Patterson makes the case that states have a duty to render international assistance and cooperate when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations. Audrey Fino considers whether Donald Trump’s speech on 6 January 2021 satisfies the requirements of incitement to violence as per the Rabat Plan of Action test.  The definition and use of the term ‘refugee camps’ is reflected upon by Isabella Leroy, who interrogates the use of euphemisms by the Global North. Joelle Trampert considers recent European developments in the crystallisation and implementation of the prohibition of torture. Nicky Touw highlights some recent landmark decisions that shed light on the parent-subsidiary relationship in the search of accountability for human rights violations committed by businesses. Taylor Woodcock calls in her post for better engagement with human rights law in the regulation of the development, acquisition and use of military artificial intelligence. Tessa van der Rijst considers how presumptions of law or fact used in Dutch money laundering cases walk a thin line in regard to the presumption of innocence. Last but definitely not least, Yuliia Khyznhiak takes a law and literature approach to the European Court of Human Rights, using narrative analysis to reveal features of the textual figure of the Court.

These excellent contributions demonstrate the high caliber of the PhD members of the NNHRR and we look forward to following their PhD journeys and beyond.


Stephanie Triefus (@stephtriefus) is a PhD Candidate at Erasmus University Rotterdam and one of the PhD Representatives of the NNHRR. Her PhD research is on the human right to participate in public affairs and international investment law

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