Human rights: not just for lawyers

(13-04-2021) Human rights should not only be seen as a legal issue. “They play a role in all disciplines”, says professor of human rights Eva Brems.

That is why Ghent University set up the ‘Human Rights Research Network’, an interdisciplinary consortium that brings together researchers and professors in human rights, each from their own discipline. Through this multidisciplinary vision on the theme, Ghent University is playing a pioneering role.

Because human rights are an important theme at Ghent University, the university has also established the Amnesty International Chair, which every year honours someone who has made a special contribution to human rights. This year, Adam Bodnar, until recently the Polish ombudsman and human rights commissioner*, will receive the honour. On Eva Brems, professor of human rights, explains why Adam Bodnar deserves the award: ”He dares to go against the Polish authorities and that makes him, reluctantly, a hero.”

On the occasion of the award of the Amnesty International Chair on Wednesday 28 April at 8 pm, Adam Bodnar will give a keynote speech about his fight for human rights in an increasingly restricted Poland. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Adam Bodnar and Professor Eva Brems, Polish-Belgian philosopher and writer Alicja Gescinska and Director of Amnesty International Flanders Wies De Graeve, followed by a Q&A. The event will be held in English. More info and registration for the digital lecture

¨*On 15 April, the Constitutional Court in Poland decided that Adam Bodnar may no longer continue his work as an ombudsman.