Universities as Human Rights Actors

Forthcoming, Journal of Human Rights Practice

22 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2019

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Eva Brems

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Laurens Lavrysen

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Lieselot Verdonck

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent; Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Date Written: January 4, 2019

Abstract

This paper explores the possibilities of a vision on human rights protection that conceives of universities as human rights actors. This vision is situated in the broader human rights context, in which it is increasingly recognized that non-traditional human rights actors, rather than only the central government level, also bear responsibilities in the field of human rights. Given their crucial societal role, it is argued that universities should similarly take up their human rights responsibility. This Practice Note will present the case study of the human rights policy of Ghent University (Belgium), which applies to that university’s international relations, as a good practice of how the human rights responsibility of universities can be operationalised. The paper concludes with a number of critical reflections.

Keywords: human rights, universities

Suggested Citation

Brems, Eva and Lavrysen, Laurens and Verdonck, Lieselot, Universities as Human Rights Actors (January 4, 2019). Forthcoming, Journal of Human Rights Practice. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3310367

Eva Brems (Contact Author)

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

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Laurens Lavrysen

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

Lieselot Verdonck

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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