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Prof. dr. Eva Brems

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Professor Brems teaches Advanced Study of Human Rights, Law and Gender (in Dutch) and Islam and the Law

(in Dutch).


The research of Professor Brems and her team covers numerous topics in domestic, international as well as comparative human rights law. She is particularly interested in issues relating to justiciability of human rights, and legal reasoning concerning human rights, as well as in dealing with diversity and gender.

Professor Brems is the coordinator of the Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (BELSPO, 2012-2017). This research network aims to study human rights law as an integrated whole from a users’ perspective,

Moreover, current research relates to three clusters:

  1. A critical analysis of the case-law and reasoning of the European Court of Human Rights
    Most prominently, this cluster includes the ERC Starting Grant project:  Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability through better legal reasoning (2009-2014)
    In addition to professor Brems, the ERC team uit includes five Ph.D. researchers ( Maris Burbergs, Stijn Smet, Lourdes Peroni, Saïla Ouald-Chaib and  Alexandra Timmer) and three associated researchers (Aïda Grgic, Roberto Chenal and Paolo Proli). Also Ph.D. researcher and FWO aspirant Laurens Lavrysen is associated to this project.
    The team has a blog on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.
    Professor Brems (co-)supervises Ph.D. research projects that focus on the case-law of  European Court of Human Rights with respect to religious freedom (Zeynep Uruk and  Pieter Vanden Heede ; the latter as co-promoter), asylum seekers (Isik Batmaz) and free speech (Ronan O Fathaigh; Prof. Brems is co-promoter).

  2. Human Rights and tradition-based law in the global South
    The attempt to reconcile international human rights standards and non-western tradition-based law is central in the projects “Dealing with traditional law in the context of post-conflict legal and judicial development aid in Africa" (2008-2011), “Transitional Justice and cultural context: the role of non-western legal traditions in dealing with Gross human rights violations; case study Guatemala” (2006-2010) and “’Traditional’ law and institutions confronted with human rights in the Africa”’ (2008-2011).
    In addition, professor Brems supervises several Ph.D. research projects in this area, relating to fair trial in tradition-based justice (Giselle Corradi), muslim personal law in multicultural jurisdictions (Waheeda Amien), child abuse in Mozambique (Angelo Matusse) and customary law in the DRC (Richard Mulendevu Mukokobya and Rémy Kababala Vutsopire).

  3. Accountability for human rights violations: new challenges
    New challenges wrt accountability for human rights violations can relate amongst others to the type of actor that is to be held accountable, the type of accountability mechanism or the type of violation for which accountability is sought.
    In the first area, professor Brems supervises the Ph.D. research of Bella Murati relating to the human rights record of UNMIK.
    Mohammed Abdo’s Ph.D. research on the role of national human rights commissions in the protection of economic and social rights falls under the second heading.
    Finally, in the third category, professor Brems was co-promoter of Michèle Morel’s Ph.D.research on climate refugees (promoted on 14 November 2012).