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General introduction to the NNHRR 2023 Annual Research Day’s (Toogdag 2023) special blog series

Credits: Jean Ruiter, The Paradox of Chaos and Order, Wool Threads #3
By Antenor Hallo de Wolf; Melanie Schneider; Beatriz Gomes Batista; and Aila Naysmith


On the 29th and 30th of June 2023, members of the participating universities of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) gathered at the University of Groningen for its annual research day (Toogdag). The general goal of the Toogdag 2023 was to stand still and take stock of the developments in the field of human rights in the light of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Toogdag 2023 focused on past developments related to the Declaration. It also looked at the current and future impact of the UDHR, and discussed how the Declaration is reflected on the work of the various working groups of the NNHRR and its individual researchers. The Toogdag 2023 also considered whether new rights have to be developed to supplement the UDHR, as well as what are the adequate responses to future challenges facing the field of human rights in the coming years.

This blog contribution serves to introduce a short special blog series on the Toogdag 2023, starting with a general report of the proceedings of Toogdag 2023, which is presented in three parts: Part 1; Part 2; and Part 3. Other individual contributions to the Toogdag 2023 will appear in the coming weeks. We hope that the report and the individual contributions will reflect the interesting discussions held during the Toogdag and provide food for thought to reflect on the 75th Anniversary of the UDHR.