Human Rights Centre HRC
The Human Rights Centre is an integral part of the Faculty of Law of Ghent University.The Centre aims at bringing together the expertise on human rights and freedoms within the Faculty of Law of the Ghent University.
Third Party interventions: see below.
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Main address (Postal address): Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Gent, Belgium; email: email@example.com
Research group Prof. dr. Yves Haeck and Prof. dr. Johan Vande Lanotte: Visiting address: Paddenhoek 5, 2nd floor, 9000 Gent. tel: ++32 (0) 9 2646818, fax: ++32 (0) 9 2646995, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research group Prof. dr. Eva Brems: Visiting address: Universiteitstraat 6, 4th floor, 9000 Gent. tel: ++32(0) 9 2646911, fax: ++32 (0) 9 2646911, email: email@example.com
Research group Prof. dr. Dirk Voorhoof: Visiting address: Korte Meer 11, 2nd floor, 9000 Gent
The main objective of the Centre is to promote and coordinate research in the field of human rights, provide education and disseminate nformation on human rights and freedoms, both in Belgium and abroad. Amongst others, special attention will be paid to cooperation with African and Latin American based universities, institutes and research centres. More on Research Projects...
An important part of the research conducted within the Centre has a legal orientation, encompassing both Belgian law and European and international law, as well as comparative analyses in the field of human rights. Apart from legal research, the Centre is also involved in interdisciplinary research related to human rights. It organises seminars and conferences at regular intervals on topics relating to human rights.
The staff of the Human Rights Centre consists of experienced professors and researchers in the area of human rights and constitutional law. A number of the staff members are attached to the Centre as external researchers on a project basis. Various members of staff are involved in expert activitities concerning legislative reforms in the area of constitutional law and are giving advisory opinions with regard to matters of human rights law, amongst others at governmental level.
The staff members of the Centre are teaching in Belgium and are regularly invited abroad as speakers at seminars conferences on themes and issues related to human rights law and constitutional law.
The activities of the Centre are financed partly through the general budget of the Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law and partly through external funding on a project basis, such as the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of European Affairs), the Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (DWTC) and the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen).
The Human Rights Centre has established cooperation agreements and works together with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights (NIHR), Department of Public Law of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and The Children's Rights Knowledge Centre Keki. They coordinated for example the International Human Rights Academy, IHRA i.e. a two weeks two-annually organized international course on human rights, and help on the coordination of the annually organized HR4DEV courses.
1st Third Party intervention in ECHR case Konstantin Markin v. Russia
Researchers of the Human Rights Centre submitted a first third party intervention to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Konstantin Markin v. Russia (May 2011). See Alexandra Timmer's submissions to Strasbourg Observers blog.
2nd Third Party intervention in ECHR case SAS v. France
In July 2012, the ERC research team of the Human Rights Centre submitted a second third party intervention (PDF) to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of S.A.S. v. France, concerning face-veil ban in France. See Saila Ouald Chaib's submissions to the Strasbourg Observers blog. The hearing of this case by the Grand Chamber was scheduled on 27 November 2013.
3th Third Party intervention in ECHR case Söderman v. Sweden
Researchers of the Human Rights Centre submitted for the third time, a third party intervention to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Söderman v. Sweden, formerly known as ES v. Sweden (Chamber Judgement of 21 June 2012). See Laurens Lavrysen's contribution to Strasbourg Observers blog, on the Grand Champber Judgement of 12 November 2013.