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International Conference on Implementation and Domestic impact of the decisions of the ACHPR 2023

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Director Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera attended the International Conference on Implementation and Domestic impact of the decisions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, hosted by the University of Pretoria. She gave a presentation about how to evaluate the impact and compliance of international human rights decisions.

This Conference aimed to offer a platform for intellectual engagement between stakeholders and the ACHPR on improving the compliance and implementation of the ACHPR’s decisions.

We wish to thank the organisers for creating a particularly rich learning experience and unique opportunity to discuss this important topic.

Time I Place

13 - 15 September - 2023 

University of Pretoria - Pretoria 

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Human Rights Defenders
under Siege
AHRI Conference  2023

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IMPACTUM in CONTEXT Directors Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera and Prof Yves Haeck presented findings of their research on precautionary measures adopted to protect human rights defenders deprived of their liberty in Latin America at AHRI Conference. 

The Conference was hosted by the University of Deusto, and its main aim was to discuss the situation of human rights defenders under siege.

We would like to thank the organisers of this international conference, and specially Prof Felipe Gomez Isa for letting our Directors to be actively part of this academic event.

Time I Place

7 - 9  September - 2023 

University of Deusto - Bilbao 

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IMPACTUM in CONTEXT
Podcast is online! 

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IMPACTUM in CONTEXT Podcast hosted by Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera and Kate Murphy has been released on 15 August 2023.

This is a bilingual space dedicated to discussing and learning about human rights from a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and contextual perspective. 

We are joined by academics, experts, and members of human rights organizations who discuss with us the most current human rights issues with a critical and constructive vision.

Listen to our episodes on Spotify or here 

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Muchas Gracias! 

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We are very happy to have had Cristina Sanz on our team for the past two months. We thank Cristina for her dedication, enthusiasm, and support of our research team. Muchas Gracias!

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2023 Summer School Course
‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ starting next week!

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Our team is very excited to start our Summer School Course ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ next Tuesday! We are looking forward to meeting our participants and anticipate hearing their unique perspectives during lectures, sparking interesting discussions on issues related to persons deprived of liberty.

The first day will focus on the international human rights framework of persons deprived of liberty, with lectures given by experts in the field Prof Dr Manfred Nowak, Prof Dr Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque and Prof Dr Sofía Galván.

Follow our social media accounts to stay tuned for daily updates on the progress of the Course.

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Welcome, Cristina Sanz Rutherford!

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We are thrilled to announce that Cristina Sanz Rutherford has joined our team at IMPACTUM and Human Rights in Context! 

Cristina is a Spanish political scientist, who recently obtained her Master of Science degree in Conflict and Development Studies (Ghent University). She also gained previous research experiences as an intern at the Europe of the Peoples Institute. 

 

Cristina will join us for two months to work on issues related to persons deprived of liberty in the Americas.

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Our last contribution has been published. The book is free and  open access!

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The book entitled "Comentario al Procedimiento ante el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos" has been published. Our directors Prof Haeck and Prof Burbano Herrera wrote the chapter on provisional measures adopted by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. 

 

We would like to thank the editors​ Dr Marie-Christine Fuchts, Hartmut Rank and Miguel Ángel Barboza López, and the Konrad Edenauer Stiftung for having invited us to be part of this wonderful contribution.

Click the following link to download the entire book 

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Our presentation at the Public Day of General Discussion on the SPT draft General Comment on Art 4 OPCAT

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Yesterday, Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera and Germán Parra successfully presented our team’s comments on the draft General Comment on Article 4 of the OPCAT.

 

In their presentation, they praised the General Comment using a broad concept of 'place of deprivation of liberty' and viewed this document as a unique opportunity to underline that all persons deprived of their liberty in public or private institutions have the right to be protected.

 

They recommended four elements which the General Comment should stress, including the adoption of interim measures by the UNCAT when SPT or NPMs have obstacles to access places of deprivation of liberty.​

 

Rewatch their presentation through this weblink to learn more.

Thursday 8 June 2023  I  15:00h 

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IMPACTERS Meeting

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IMPACTUM  PI, Prof Clara Burbano Herrera, PhD Fellows, Charlotte Vercammen, Kate Murphy, and German Parra, and Researchers Luna Negro and Alberte Hansen, presented their research on Urgent Measures granted  to protect detainees at risk in Latin America. We had also the opportunity to discuss our activities and events with academic and societal impact.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to thought-interesting meeting on Friday!

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Time I Place

Friday, 25 May 2023 I 15:00 -18:30

Ghent University - Belgium

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IMPACTUM and Human Rights in Context made comments on the draft general comment of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture on the Art 4 of the OPCAT

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We are delighted to share that the IMPACTUM research team made, together with Human Rights in Context, comments on the draft general comment of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) on the article 4 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

 

In June there will be a public general discussion on this draft!

Click the following link to learn more about our contribution.

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Welcome, Luis Abel and Dr Rubén García Higuera!

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The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context is thrilled to have Luis Abel and Dr Rubén García Higuera joining our team as visiting researchers!

 

Luis Abel is a Ph.D. student in law at La Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) who will be working under the supervision of Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera thanks to the UGent Global Minds Fund. His Ph.D. research asks how the criminal systems of Argentina, Colombia, and Bolivia take into account the constitutional principles of ethnic cultural diversity and legal pluralism in the prosecution of criminal cases related to sexual violence of indigenous girls who are under 14 years old.

 

Dr Rubén García Higuera is a Postdoctoral researcher on the Margarita Salas programme, currently working on a project called "Freedom of Speech for Inclusive Democracies: An Analysis of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights judgements". He will stay with us for two months to work on a comparative analysis of the social dimension of freedom of expression in Inter-American Court of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights case-law.

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Our Directors invited to teach at the Pretoria of University

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Prof Yves Haeck and Prof Clara Burbano  Herrera were invited to teach about the European Human Rights system and the Inter-American Human Rights system from an African Human Rights Perspective at the Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

Many thanks go to Prof Frans Viljoen (Director Centre for Human Rights), to the students, and colleagues from the Centre for Human Rights for give us the opportunity to discuss important issues of human rights, and for the very interactive and engaging lectures.

Photo:  Pretoria Centre for Human Rights

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Human Rights in Context Talking Series 

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In our latest Human Rights in Context Talking Series, we had a special guest speaker, Frauke Decoodt, a journalist, anthropologist, and associate research fellow at IMPACTUM.  Frauke explained us how things are going in Nicaragua since the uprising in 2018. Furthermore, we were able to see pictures that she took back then.

Chairs: Prof Clara Burbano Herrera and Mario Andres Torres

Time I Place

Wednesday,  26 April 2023 I 12:30 - 14:00

Ghent - Belgium 

Organisers: Human Rights in Context and IMPACTUM Team

 

Photo:  Mario Andres Torres

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Colloquium: Designing interviews and planning field work

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We are grateful to our dear colleague Mayra Nunez (PhD researcher) for having presented her views and reflexions regarding the design of interviews and the planning of field work with a special focus on the global south. 

 

Guest speaker: Mayra Nuñez  

 

Chair: Prof Clara Burbano Herrera

 

Organiser: Rights in Context Team & IMPACTUM

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Time I Place

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 I 12:30 -13:30

Ghent University - Belgium

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Our Latest Book on Persons Deprived of Liberty has been published

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We are happy that our book "Human Rights Behind Bars: Tracing Vulnerability in Prison Populations Across Continents from a Multidisciplinary Perspective" Clara Burbano Herrera and Yves Haeck, (eds)​ The Hague, Springer, 2022, 355p has been published. ​

We would like to express our gratitude to our excellent co-editors Yves Haeck and Clara Burbano Herrera and all the authors who shared their experiences and views regarding prisons. They are: Manfred Nowak, Flavia Piovesan, Yves HaeckTom Daems, Clara Burbano Herrera, Manu Krishan, Silvia Serrano, Kresimir Kamber, Christine Bicknell, Mariela Morales Antoniazzi, Bernice Elger, Pedro Villareal, Jörg Pont, Stefan Enggist, Heino Stöver, Hans Wolff, Katerina Sechidou, Aurélie Van BaelenAlessandra Cuppini, Helene Seaward, Tenzin Wangmo, Bronwyn Naylor, Sharon ShalevPar Engstrom, and Tom Pegram.  

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We are on Social Media !

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Did you know that you can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn? Join our community for an inside look into the cutting-edge research happening across the world on persons deprived of liberty. And when you talk about IMPACTUM the ERC team on Instagram and twitter, do tag us! 

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The Honour Jury for the Human Rights Essay Award 2023 has been announced

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The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University (USA) has announced the Honour Jury for the Human Rights Essay Award 2023, including our Human Rights in Context Director Prof Clara Burbano-Herrera! The judges are in charge of selecting the winners and honorable mentions of the 2023 Edition. The topic 2023: Equality and Human Rights: Confronting Racial Discrimination. More information: here

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Happy to welcome two new researchers!  

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Luna Negro and Alberte Hansen have joined our team! They will do research on topics related to the rule of law, prisons and human rights. We are glad to have you both among us! 

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Monthly Talking Series:
Human Rights in the Americas

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The Human Rights in Context team is organizing a new monthly talking series to discuss human rights in the Americas. Anyone interested in human rights issues, and who speaks Spanish, is very welcome. If you would like to join us, please send an e-mail to Mario Andrés Torres. Our talks take place in the Faculty of Law and Criminology (Ghent University). 

On the photo: Mario Torres (PhD Researcher), Frozan Akbaryaard (Research Assistant), Mayra Nunez (PhD Researcher), Nina Kolowratnik-Pointl (PhD researcher), Clara Burbano Herrera (Professor of Human Rights), Alessandra Cuppini (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), Genaro Manrique (PhD Researcher) and Gustavo Prieto (Postdoctoral Research Fellow).

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Human Rights in the Americas Talking Series 

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On this ocassion Prof Dr Larissa Bombardi is our guest speaker. She will give a presentation entitled “Geography of Asymmetries and Chemical Colonialism - A Brazilian Woman Geographer and Human Rights Defender in Exile”, in which Larissa will shed light on where socio-legal and political context stands today with regard to double standards in pesticide exports and its impact on the right to health and human rights defenders. We would like to express our gratitude to the Central and South America Platform (CESAM) and Human Rights in Context team for the co-organisation! 

Panelist: Prof Dr Larissa Bombardi

 

Chairs: Prof Dr Yves Haeck - Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera

Time I Place

Tuesday, 21 February, 16:00-19:00

Auditorium E, Sint-Pieterniewstraat 41, T2 Technicum Blok 2 (Campus UFO)

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Happy Holidays! Felices Fiestas! Gelukkige Feestagen!

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We wish you a healthy and joyful holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. 

Warm regards, Abrazos,

Human Rights in Context Team

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The ERC Project 'IMPACTUM' was presented at the Max Planck Institute 

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Prof Clara Burbano Herrera presented her ERC Project 'IMPACTUM' at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law on 14 October 2022. We would like to thank Prof von Bogdandy (Director Max Planck Institute), Prof Dr Mariela Morales and all colleagues for the kind invitation and enriching discussions.

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New Book on Victims' Participation
 

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We are delighted to announce that the book ‘The Participation of Victims in International Criminal Proceedings: An Expressivist Justice Model’ by our postdoc researcher Alessandra Cuppini is finally out!  This book contributes to the debate on the role afforded to victims before international criminal courts by providing an in-depth discussion on issues related to victims’ participatory rights from the perspective of expressivist foundation of international criminal justice, international human rights law and victimology. 

 

Available at: http://routledge.com/9781032104553

Use code FLE22 to receive 20% off your purchase!

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Our Directors met the Human Rights Committee
 

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​The Human Rights Committee organised on 19 July a closed meeting with the drafters of The Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights, including Profs Burbano Herrera and Haeck. 

We trust this important meeting will contribute to the real protection of persons in danger around the world.

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The Summer School
‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ has ended 

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A big thank you goes out to all professors who presented thought-provoking lectures on highly topical issues concerning persons deprived of liberty. Thank you also to our participants, and our co-directors Profs Manfred Nowak & Clara Burbano-Herrera for organising this summer course. Last but not least thanks to Alessandra Cuppini and Aurélie Van Baelen for the amazing support.

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Congratulations Dr Evelyn Merckx with your Doctoral Defense
 

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We are very proud of Evelyn Merckx who defended her PhD on Child-friendly justice in child custody and contact cases after parental separation. The public defense took place on 14 November at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. 

 

About the dissertation: Parental separation leads to many changes in children's family life. Despite these changes, the perspective of children can be neglected during child custody and contact proceedings and amicable negotiations. Professionals wish to protect and shelter children from the court and shield them from the parental conflict. However, neglecting the child's perspective can harm the child's well-being. Therefore, this research investigates how child-friendly justice can be achieved in child custody and contact cases, by taking into account the child's best interests, the child's right to be heard, the child's right to maintain contact with both parents and the child's psychosocial well-being. The research incorporates interdisciplinary research, the perspective of family judges and children and offers recommendations to policy-makers and family judges.

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Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant!
 

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The Human Rights in Context team warmly congratulates our Director Prof Clara Burbano Herrera for this academic achievement. We are proud that the European Research Council (ERC) has recognised Dr Burbano Herrera’s academic work, through awarding her research and innovation funding aimed at advancing scientific knowledge.

 

With the ambitious research project IMPACTUM, Prof Burbano Herrera aims to assess from an interdisciplinary perspective the impact of urgent measures in protecting at-risk persons. Previous studies on urgent measures have focused on the procedural legal aspects. But what about the practical, financial and political constraints that hinder the implementation of urgent measures?

By studying the full context in which urgent measures are applied, the project aims to develop a 'critical normative impact framework' useful to provide a deeper theoretical analysis, as well as insight into how to formulate urgent measures to maximise their practical protective effects.

We are convinced that the project “Assessing the impact of urgent measures in protecting at-risk detainees in Latin-America” (IMPACTUM) will uncover and present new knowledge on emerging issues with urgent measures that are currently unaddressed in academia and in practice.

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Expert Panel organised by UNESCO and Mexico
 

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Human Rights in Context team was invited to participate in the "Expert Panel Discussion: International Dialogue of Experiences and Best Practices for the Construction of a National System for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico". Our Director Prof Clara Burbano Herrera talked about the importance of the Inter-American Human Rights System in protecting journalists and human rights defenders in the Americas. The event was organised by UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico on 7 June 2022. The event was live-streamed.

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Panel Discussion:

Best Practices in the Regional Protection of Human Rights   

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Join us! Panel Discussion: 'Best Practices in the Regional Protection of Human Rights'.

Moderator Prof Killander, Research Director, University of Pretoria.

Panelists: Prof Frans Viljoen, Director Human Rights Centre, University of Pretoria, Prof Yves Haeck, Director, Human Rights in Context Ghent University, Dr Nkatha Murungi, Vice-Director Human Rights Centre, University of Pretoria, Prof Clara Burbano Herrera, Director Human Rights in Context, Ghent University. 

The event will take place on Friday 8 April 2022, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Expert Workshop 

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Join us to our first Expert Workshop of 2022 entitled 'Captured by the Past: Monuments - Conflicts - Law'.

Over the centuries, totalitarian regimes removed monuments they did not agree with. Should democracies follow this path? 

Convenors:

Dr Alina Cherviatsova, Prof Yves Haeck, Prof Clara Burbano Herrera, and Prof Eva Brems

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Thank you! 

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As the year ends, we at Human Rights in Context would like to thank you for making 2021 an exceptional year for us. We truly  appreciate your participation in our academic events, as we strive to organize relevant and timely activities on the most pressing issues facing the world. We wish you a warm and happy holiday season. Our team looks forward to another academic year working towards a more inclusive and equitable world.

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Webinar: The Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Latin-America 

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Our Director Prof Clara Burbano Herrera together with Alicia Homs Ginel (Member of the European Parliament) participated in the event "The Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Latin-America: The Effects of the Pandemic and the EU strategy". Prof Burbano discussed the current situation of danger of human rights defenders in Latin-America, and how their work is essential for the advancement of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The event took place on Wednesday 30 June @ 17h. You can watch the event on this Link

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In Memoriam 

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Dear Colleagues, It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that our former colleague Dr Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga (°1977), professor of human rights at the Central European University (Vienna), whom we had the pleasure to supervise while doing his PhD at Ghent University, has suddenly passed away on 20 November. We extend our deepest condolences to Oswaldo Ruiz Chiriboga’s wife and family, and to the entire Central European University community.

Kind regards,

Yves Haeck and Clara Burbano Herrera

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Call for Papers

"Captured by the Past: Monuments - Conflict - Law”

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When the past is contested, the monuments are the first to fall. The memorial fever that started in Europe at the end of 1980s with the dismantling of communist symbols continues with the removal of monuments of historical figures tied to racial discrimination, slavery, and colonialism. Although these symbols all have different political contexts and belong to different historical epochs, the heated debates over them reflect a tectonic shift in historical narratives which released memories that were hitherto frozen. In some cases, profound disagreements about the monuments and the memorial policy behind them can cause a confrontation not only within one society but also between states (the so-called, ‘memory wars’).

The workshop ‘CAPTURED BY THE PAST: MONUMENTS. CONFLICTS. LAW’ aims to map the controversies around such monuments, as well as the memory conflicts and ‘memory wars’ of which these monuments are the symbols. Over the centuries, totalitarian regimes removed monuments they did not agree with. Should democracies then follow this path?

The organizers welcome research papers on any of the following topics:

  • Monuments as cultural heritage and human rights perspectives: is there a right to destroy?

  • Monuments as government speech: what are the limits?

  • Monuments and the rule of law: what are the legal standards for memory policies and public commemorative practices in a democracy?

 

How to Apply

Scholars are invited to submit paper proposals (500–800 words) by 25 September 2021 to Alina.Cherviatsova@UGent.be Each proposal must include a short bio (max 200 words). Successful applicants will be notified by 30 September 2021. The deadline for submitting drafts of papers (8.000-10.000 words) to be discussed during the workshop is 15 January 2022. Final papers are due 15 March 2022.

Convenors

Dr Alina Cherviatsova, Senior Researcher and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University

Prof Dr Yves Haeck, Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University

Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera, Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University

Prof Dr Eva Brems, Professor of Human Rights Law and Head of the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University

The workshop is organized within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research project ‘To Destroy or to Preserve? Monuments, Law and Democracy in Europe’ (MELoDYE*) fund from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101032010

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Ghent University Team participating in the 2021 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

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A Ghent University team composed of Delphine Camerier, Thibaut Lesseliers (oralists), Sharon Braekman, Sofie De Mulder and Sehrish Raja, under the supervision of Prof Yves Haeck and coaches Hanne Ollevier, Aurélie Van Baelen and Martijn Vermeersch, and following a master class of Prof Clara Burbano Herrera, is participating for the tenth year in the prestigious Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition against teams representing universities worldwide. This year, the Competition, which due to the current circumstances is taking place virtually, addresses the highly topical issue of ‘Human Rights and States of Emergency: Unexpected Crisis and New Challenges’.

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International Conference  'Persons Deprived of Liberty'

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Human Rights in Context together with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and  the Peruvian Constitutional Court  organised the international conference  'Persons Deprived of Liberty'. On this ocassion, 'Dialogues ICCAL in CONTEXT' met judges of the Constitutional Tribunal of Peru and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and had a discussion regarding problems and challenges in prisons from the perspective of international human rights standards in the Americas and Europe. The event took place on Monday 21 June 2021. You can watch the event on this link

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Webinar: Memory Politics Through National Lenses

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Team member Dr. Alina Cherviatsova, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, project: “To Destroy or To Preserve: Monuments, Law and Democracy in Europe”, participated in the webinar  ‘Memory Politics Through National Lenses’ which explores how the 20th century’s past is (re)interpreted by different countries. The event took place on 22 October. More info here and here

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Welcome to the team, Foluso Adegalu!

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We are very thrilled to announce that Foluso Adegalu is joining our team! 

 

Foluso is a Doctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria (South Africa). He is also a Legal Consultant, Policy Advocate, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

His research interests primarily focus on the domestic impact of the international human rights system, particularly on the United Nations and African human rights systems.

Welcome, Foluso!

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IMPACTERS
General Meeting

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The IMPACTUM research team organised another general meeting at the UGent Faculty of Law and Criminology. PhD Fellows Kate Murphy, German Parra, and Charlotte Vercammen received feedback from Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera of their research progress concerning urgent measures granted to protect persons deprived of liberty at risk in Latin America. The team also discussed the latest and upcoming activities with academic and societal impact.

We want to thank everyone who contributed to this warm, productive and stimulating meeting!

 

Time I Place

Friday, 1 September 2023 I 08:00 – 10:00

Ghent University - Belgium

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Ms Denisse Rodriguez has finished her research visit at our Research Programme

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Denisse Rodriguez completed her stay at our team as a visiting researcher. She joined us for two months to work on trade and human rights issues.

Denisse is a Lecturer at the Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Rural Development Sciences. She holds a Master's Degree in International Law and Economics from the Universities of Bern, Neuchâtel, and Fribourg, and a Master's Degree in International Economic Relations and Integration from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés.

 

Recently, her research focused on concerns about human rights, sustainable development, and climate change.

 

We truly enjoyed her presence in our group and look forward to meeting again in the future!

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Our Summer Course
‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ has ended

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After four intensive days of learning, our Summer Course unfortunately has come to an end. We want to express our gratitude to all professors who presented thought-provoking lectures on a range of important issues concerning persons deprived of liberty.

We would like to thank our participants for actively showing their interest in the different topics and joining in on the discussions. We are also very thankful to our co-directors Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak for organising this course.

Finally, we want to acknowledge the efforts made by Dr Alessandra Cuppini, and our IMPACTUM and Human Rights in Context teams, who were instrumental in the successful completion of the Course.  

Check out our social media accounts to learn more about the specific lectures given in the past days.

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Prof Clara Burbano Herrera met
United Nations Committee Member in Geneva

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Our Director Prof Clara Burbano Herrera held a formal meeting with Dr Maria Luisa Romero, member of the UN Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Torture. During the meeting, they shared their views about persons deprived of liberty in the Americas, and the role of the Sub Committee for the Prevention of Torture in protecting the human rights of this vulnerable group.

Time I Place

July 2023 I Geneva -Switzerland 

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Talking Series: Human Rights in Context

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In the latest Talking Series: 'Human Rights in Context', we had the pleasure to listen Ms Rodriguez (Global Minds Visiting Research Fellow), who spoke about the 'Newest Trade Initiatives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in relation to natural environment and its intersection with Human Rights'. The team would like to thank Denisse for the interesting presentation. 

Guest speaker: Ms Denisse Rodríguez 

 

Chair: Prof Clara Burbano Herrera

 

Organiser: Rights in Context Team

 

Time I Place

Wednesday, 5 July 2023 I 12:30 - 13:30

Ghent University - Belgium

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Mario Andres Torres 
presented a paper at
LSA 2023

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Congratulations to our PhD Researcher Mario Andres Torres  who presented at #LSA2023 his paper "Measuring the impact of strategic litigation to solve the prison crisis in Colombia" ​​

Time I Place

Tuesday, 6 June 2023 I San Juan - Puerto Rico​

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Upcoming participation in the Day of the Public General Discussion on the SPT draft General Comment on Art 4 of the OPCAT 

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Our team has been invited to participate in the Day of the Public General Discussion on the SPT draft General Comment on art. 4 of the OPCAT, which will take place on 8 June 2023, from 15:00 to 17:00 Geneva time. Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera and Germán Parra will attend the public meeting at the conference room of Palais Wilson in person. They will give a short presentation about the comments IMPACTUM and Human Rights in Context have developed together on this important text.

Feel free to follow this exciting event live through the UN Web TV or through this weblink!

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Thursday 8 June 2023  I  15:00h - 17:00h Geneva time

 

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Author: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

Source: Flickr UN Geneva

License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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The Social Dimension of Freedom of Expression

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It was a great pleasure to attend the lecture of Dr Ruben Garcia Higuera on Social Dimension of Freedom of Expression in the Inter-American Human Rights System. Thanks to Ruben and also  to all participants.

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Time I Place

Wednesday, 31 May 2023 I 12:30 -14:00

Ghent University - Belgium

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2023 Summer School Course
‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ 
Applications are closed now! 

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Successful candidates were informed on Monday 15 May. The Summer Course will be held on the Zoom/Teams platform from the 27 to the 30 of June 2023.

More details: Summer School Program

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Expert Panel on
Regionalisation of Childrens' Rights

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We are glad to have participated in the Expert Panel 'Regionalisation of Childrens' organised by The Centre for Childrens' Rights Studies. ​We would like to thank the students for the very engaging discussion.

Moderator: Mr Simon Nehme

Panelists: Prof Yves Haeck, and Prof Clara Burbano Herrera.  


Organiser: University of Geneva 

Time I Place

Wednesday, 10 May 2023 I 15:00 -18:00h

Geneva- Switzerland

 

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Working together with the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights on MOOC 2023 and the Africa Rights Talk podcast

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We are pleased to collaborate with the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights on MOOC 2023! We would like to thank the Centre for Human Rights and Africa Rights Talk for creating this interesting and insightful opportunity. Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera and Prof Dr Yves Haeck will discuss the use of provisional measures in the African Human Rights regime, providing their insights into the subject. Prof Dr Yves Haeck will also talk about the European Human Rights system from a comparative perspective on the Africa Rights Talk podcast.

Click the following link to learn more about Prof Dr Yves Haeck.

Click the following link to learn more about Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera.

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2023 Summer School Course
‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ 
Applications are open now! 

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The ERC-IMPACTUM team, the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, and the Global Campus on Human Rights are pleased to invite highly motivated students that are achieving their degree in law, political sciences, public health, or criminology, or postgraduate students (masters, LLM, PhD or postdoc) as well as staff of civil society organisations and policymakers to the 2nd  Edition of the Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’.  

This summer course will be held on the Zoom/Teams platform from the 27 to the 30 of June 2023. 

Curated by Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (IMPACTUM the ERC, Ghent University) and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak (Global Campus of Human Rights), the course aims to provide participants with suitable expertise on structural problems around prisons from the perspective of international human rights law, public health, criminal law, and practice as well as contribute to the improvement of human rights of persons deprived of liberty in their homeland and around the world. 

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading academics from Europe, Africa and North & South America working in this field, gaining awareness of complex issues related to the human rights of persons deprived of liberty nation-wide and world-wide.

Applications are open until Tuesday 2 May 2023. 

Apply now: Summer School online application platform. 

More details: Download the Summer School Program

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Expert Panel on Best Practices in the Regional Protection of Human Rights

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We are honored to have participated in the Expert Panel, ''Best Practices in the Regional Protection of Human Rights".

We would like to thank the public, the students, and the wonderful organisers, our brilliant colleagues from the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) for a  very interesting discussion.

Moderator: Prof Magnus Killander

Panelists: Prof Frans Viljoen, Prof Nkatha Murungi, Prof Yves Haeck, and Prof Clara Burbano Herrera.  
 

Organiser Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Time I Place

Friday,  21 April 2023

Pretoria - South Africa

Photo:  Pretoria Centre for Human Rights

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Delighted to introduce our International Advisory Board

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We are glad to introduce the Interdisciplinary International Advisory Board of the IMPACTUM ERC project. Click here for a full introduction. 

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Ghent University's 100th ERC Grantee

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In March, we celebrated Ghent University’s 100th ERC grantee. We would like to thank the EU-team, our rector Prof Rik Van de Walle, vice-rector Prof Mieke Van Herreweghe, and our wonderful ERC colleagues for a memorable evening, and last but certainly not least we congratulate Prof Clara Burbano who is an ERC Consolidator Grantee!

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Expert Panel on Transitional and Restorative Justice for Peace-building in Colombia
 

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We are delighted that Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera participated in the Expert Panel, 'Perspectives on Transitional Justice and Restorative Justice for Peace-building: Colombia's experience towards the achievement of total peace'. We would very much like to thank the organisers, the community attendees, and the wonderful moderator our Prof Dr Burbano Herrera for a lively discussion and packed house!  

 

Speakers: Judge Roberto Vidal Lopez (President of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia), Dr Peter Wagner, (Director FPI European Commission), Dr Sergio Jaramillo, Senior Advisor (European Institute of Peace)

 

Moderator: Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera

Organisers: Embassy of Colombia to Belgium, Luxemburg, NATO and the EU, and the European Institute of Peace

Time I Place

Wednesday,  29 March 2023

Brussels - Belgium

 

Photo: Javier Macias

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Welcome Charlotte Vercammen!

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We are excited to have Charlotte Vercammen joining the IMPACTUM & Human Rights in Context teams! Together with other 4 researchers and under the supervision of Prof Clara Burbano Herrera, Charlotte will spend the next few years studying the impact of Urgent Measures in protecting at-risk detainees in Latin-America. 

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International Conference 'Rule of Law from Below'

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Our Directors Prof Yves Haeck and Prof Clara Burbano Herrera participated in the international Conference 'Rule of Law from Below', organised by Utrecht University. The event took place on 29-30 October 2020.

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Our Director was nominated for the human rights prize APDHE 2022!

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Our sincere congratulation to Prof Clara Burbano Herrera for this nomination, which is a recognition of her important academic work on human rights. Well deserved!  

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We are hiring no less than
5 researchers! 

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We are seeking to fill 3 full-time PhD positions and 1 Researcher (15%) as part of the large-scale research project 'IMPACTUM' Assessing the Impact of Urgent Measures in Protecting At Risk-Detainees in Latin-American led by Prof Clara Burbano Herrera. IMPACTUM is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and hosted at Ghent University (Belgium). Apply before 5 October. If you hold a degree in law and/or criminology find more info here. If you hold a degree in political science here and here

We are also seeking to fill 1 full-time Academic Assistant in Human Rights. You will be able to assist Prof Yves Haeck and to do your PhD under his supervision. Apply until 16 August. More info here

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Human Rights in the Americas Talking Series 

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Our team together with the International Network for Human Rights Europe (RIDHE) co-organised the seminar: 'Human Rights in Nicaragua'. We were able to exchange and debate on the situation of human rights in Nicaragua, the rule of law, democracy and prisons.
 

Panelists: Elthon Rivera Cruz, Thomas Aubineau, Marta Castillo, and Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera 
 

Time I Place 

Thursday, 9 February, 12:00 - 14:00

Faculty of Law and Criminology

Ghent University 

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Congratulations!
 

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Yves Haeck's UGent Moot Court Team, consisting of Mariam Vandenberghe, Wout Platteau, Nel De Backer and Iris Vanheule, coached by the brilliant Hanne Ollevier, Aurélie Van Baelen and Martijn Vermeersch, for reaching the semi-finals on the Inter-American HRs Moot Court Competition, thereby also winning the Prize for the Best memorial and the Best oralists for the victims in English!

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Postdoctoral Grants 
 

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Our warmest congratulations to Dr Alessandra Cuppini and Dr Gustavo Prieto for having obtained a Postdoctoral scholarship grant from the FWO. We are happy to have both of you on our Human Rights in Context team.

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Summer School  'Human Rights and Persons Deprived of Liberty'
 

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The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, and the Global Campus on Human Rights are pleased to invite highly motivated students and researchers to the Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’.

This Summer Course will be held on the Zoom platform from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 of July 2022.

Curated by Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (Ghent University) and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak (Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Professor University of Vienna), the Summer Course aims to provide participants with suitable understanding on structural problems around prisons from the perspective of international human rights law, public health, criminal law, and practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading academics from Europe, Africa and North & South America working in this field.

See you in July! 

Apply now: Summer School on line application platform

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Forthcoming book! 

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We are delighted to announce our forthcoming book "Human Rights Behind Bars: tracing vulnerability in prison populations from a multidisciplinary perspective", Clara Burbano Herrera and Yves Haeck (eds), Springer, 2022

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Our students pleaded
at UNESCO in Paris 

 

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 Our students of the Ghent University pleaded before a jury of diplomats at UNESCO in Paris, in preparation for their participation in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The bench, which consisted of three esteemed ad hoc-judges, challenged our students with excellent, critical questions.

Many thanks to the Permanent Delegation of Belgium to UNESCO for this unforgettable experience. A personal thanks to Belgian diplomat Andy Van Pachtenbeke and Prof Dr Yves Haeck (Director Human Rights in Context) for organising this session. Many thanks to Juan Pablo PaniegoAsoid García-Márquez and Andy Van Pachtenbeke, for agreeing to be the ad hoc judges. Thank you as well to the team's coaches Martijn VermeerschHanne Ollevier and Aurélie Van Baelen. Last but not least, thank you Dr Santiago Villalpando, for dedicating your time to introduce our students to the world of international law at UNESCO. The event took place on 11 May 2022 in Paris.

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International Women's Day  

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In commemoration of International Women’s Day three blog posts have been published. Thanks to our wonderful colleagues Alejandra Vicente and Julie Bardeche from REDRESS, Valentina Montoya from the University de Los Andes, and Ineke Boerefijn from the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights for their relevant insights. Read the blog posts here

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New Doctoral Researcher  

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Our team welcomes new Doctoral Researcher Mayra Nunez Pastor. Her research area is transitional justice, focused on reparations on economic, social and cultural rights. Mayra will work under the supervision of Prof Burbano Herrera (UGent) and Prof Gomez Isa (Deusto University). We are happy you have joined our team!

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Workshop  ‘Russia’s War Against Ukraine and the World’

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Join us to the Workshop ‘Russia’s War Against Ukraine and the World’, which is  organised by the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, the Human Rights Centre (Ghent University), and Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta.

Date 17 March 2022, 17:00-19:00 (CET).

Registration: here (online)

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Welcome Kauan Juliano

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We are welcoming a new researcher fellow Kauan Juliano Cangussu. Kauan will work on issues related to indigenous' human rights in Brazil. We are glad to have you among us!

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Professors of the Human Rights Centre and the Rector of Ghent University play an active role at the Turkey Tribunal
 

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Prof Dr Yves Haeck (Rapporteur), Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera (Registrar), Prof Em Johan Vande Lanotte (Initiator), and Prof Dr Rik Van de Walle (Rector of Ghent University) play an active role in the Turkey Tribunal.

 

In recent years, human rights violations have increasingly been reported in Turkey, a Council of Europe member state, following the coup attempt. Various international human rights bodies have confirmed this, sometimes even in very sharp terms. That is why the Turkey Tribunal, a “people’s tribunal”, was created. 

 

Victims, witnesses, and experts were heard by the Tribunal in Geneva from 20 until 24 September 2021. Following an intensive week, the Tribunal, composed of Prof Em Dr Françoise Tulkens (President), Prof Angelita Baeyens, Prof Dr Ledi Biancu, Prof Em Dr Giorgio Malinverni, Prof Dr John Pace, and Justice Prof Dr Johann Van Der Westhuizen, delivered its Opinion, establishing that Turkey has committed serious human rights violations. 

 

While the Tribunal is not a body that issues legally binding decisions, its ruling has high moral authority. All documents, the testimonials, and the opinion of the judges have been published. In this way, the Tribunal has informed and raised awareness towards the issue among the international community. 

 

Profs Burbano Herrera and Haeck (Human Rights Centre, Ghent University) said: “We feel honoured to have been part of this important event for the human rights community, and for having helped to bring a kind of justice to the victims and their families (…). We would also like to express our gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the Turkey Tribunal for their commitment and hard work”.

 

More on the Turkey Tribunal: https://turkeytribunal.com

 

On the photo the Judges and Registrars of The historical Turkey Tribunal, including Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera. The Tribunal was created in 2020 to investigate the increasing number of allegations of human rights abuses committed by the Turkish government in recent years. Video 

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During the past years and following a conference co-organised by Radboud University, Ghent University and Università Napoli 2 in Nijmegen in 2015, our Directors Prof Clara Burbano Herrera and Prof Yves Haeck were part of a group of experts in drafting the “Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights”. We are proud to share these Principles and Guidelines with you and we hope they will contribute to the effective protection of persons currently in extreme and imminent danger around the world! You can read the Guidelines on this link

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Desmond Tutu 

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Desmond Tutu died today (26 December) aged 90. Tutu has always been an inspiration for our academic work. Our deepest condolences to his loved ones and the entire human rights network.

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Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera appointed Registrar of the Turkey Tribunal   

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We are glad to communicate that Prof Dr Clara Burbano Herrera has been  appointed Registrar of the Turkey Tribunal. The Turkey Tribunal was created in 2020 to investigate the increasing number of allegations of human rights abuses committed by the Turkish government in recent years. Video

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In memory of Prof Christof Heyns

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The members of the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context are deeply affected by the sudden passing of professor Christof Heyns. His work will be remembered for his many achievements in the advancement of human rights. We extend our deepest condolences to Prof Heyns’ family and the entire Pretoria human rights community.

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Third Expert Meeting “Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights”

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During the past years our Directors Prof Clara Burbano Herrera and Prof Yves Haeck are part of a group of experts in drafting the “Nijmegen Principles and Guidelines on Interim Measures for the Protection of Human Rights”. The third Expert Meeting, 'Urgent Measures' Principles and Guidelines' had the participation of Prof C. Burbano-Herrera, Human Rights in Context; Prof Y. Haeck, Human Rights in Context; Prof C. Flinterman, Maastricht University, former member UN Human Rights Committee (HRCtee) and Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Ms B. Griffey, Amnesty International; Prof J. Harrington, University of Alberta; Prof P. Leach, Middlesex University, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC); Dr R. Möhrlein, University of Amsterdam; Ms R. Pillay, International Commission of Jurists; and Prof E. Rieter, Radboud University Nijmegen. The event took place on 26 May 2021.

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International Conference 'Rule of Law from Below'

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Our Directors Prof Yves Haeck and Prof Clara Burbano Herrera participated in the international Conference 'Rule of Law from Below', organised by Utrecht University. The event took place on 29-30 October 2020.

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