Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator

Head, Department of International and European Public Law; Commissioner, Netherlands Human Rights Institute, University of Amsterdam

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Donders is Professor International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity and Head of the Department of International and European Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. She also works as Commissioner at the Netherlands Human Rights Institute. She graduated from Utrecht University in international relations and has done her PhD at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University on cultural human rights and the right to cultural identity. Her research interests include public international law; international human rights law, in particular economic, social and cultural rights and human rights and cultural diversity. She teaches courses on international law and international human rights law and gives lectures on cultural rights and cultural diversity.

From 2008 to 2015 Yvonne Donders was the Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). Prior to this post, Yvonne Donders worked as a Programme Specialist on human rights at the Secretariat of UNESCO in Paris. She is still a regular consultant for UNESCO and for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Netherlands Network of Human Rights Research (NNHRR), Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AIV), Member of the Editorial Board and Executive Editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR), Member of the Board of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (KNVIR) and Chair of the Advisory Board of the “Shelter City” project for human rights defenders. Previous memberships include member of the National Commission for UNESCO, member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) and Chair of the Dutch United Nations Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties, NVVN).

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