Advancing human rights research in the Netherlands: a “Herculean task” – An interview with the newly appointed Chair of the NNHRR Steering Committee, Dr. Jasper Krommendijk

Dr: Jasper Krommendijk - Chair of the NNHRR Steering Committee 

By Melanie Schneider


On 1 January 2023, Dr. Jasper Krommendijk became the new Chair of the NNHRR (Netherlands Network of Human Rights Research) Steering Committee succeeding Prof. Yvonne Donders (University of Amsterdam). Jasper is Associate Professor of International Law and European Law at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, where he directs the Research Centre for State and Law (SteR). Jasper has been a member of the NNHRR Steering Committee, where he was elected to his new role by his peers, since September 2020. We sat down with Jasper to discuss his vision for the NNHRR in the context of the contemporary research landscape, as well as his own work in the field of human rights. More...

The second Doctoral Research Forum of the NNHRR



By Melanie Schneider

The NNHRR held its second Doctoral Research Forum on October 14 at the University of Groningen, which hosted the event in cooperation with the Asser Institute and Open Universiteit. The Forum offered a constructive and safe space for PhD members to share their research with one other while receiving valuable feedback and guidance from senior members of the NNHRR. More...

Blog Series - Human Rights and Vulnerability - NNHRR 2020 Annual Research Day (Toogdag)

Dear Reader of Human Rights Here,

We are delighted to announce and introduce our first blog series with posts from the organisers and presenters of the 2020 Annual Research day of the Netherlands Network of Human Rights Research (NNHRR Toogdag 2020). The theme of this Research Day, which was an online event that took place on 30 June and 1 July, was Human Rights and Vulnerability. Our first two blog posts from this series are now online simultaneously.

The first piece, authored by Tihomir Sabchev, a PhD researcher from the Cities of Refuge Project of Utrecht University, is based on the panel he organized with Lynn Hillary and the NNHRR Migration and Borders Working Group. His contribution focusses on alternatives to the State-centric and exclusion-based migration policies of the EU and their underlying philosophies of deterrence and pushback. These alternatives are projects of “Humanitarian Corridors” developed by religious institutions and “University Corridors” set up by universities.

The second contribution, by members of the NNHRR Business and Human Rights Working Group Benjamin Grama (PhD researcher at Tilburg University) and Lottie Lane (Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Groningen University) focusses on mandatory EU due diligence trends. The piece discusses the potential, the pitfalls and the way forward on trends, particularly at the EU level and in Switzerland, in developing legislation for mandatory due diligence (a legal standard of care) as opposed to the previous incentive-based and private-led initiatives.

We will be publishing further contributions in this Blog Series, including a post by keynote speaker of the NNHRR Annual Research Day 2020 Israel Butler, on Values-Based Human Rights Communication.

We hope you will enjoy the series!

Keep the Human Rights fire burning!

Editors of Human Rights Here.