Human Rights-Based Approaches to Development (HRBAD) Roundtable (20 Apr 2022)

A joint initiative of the Law and Development Research Group, University of Antwerp and the Flemish Interuniversity Research Network on Law and Development (law&dev).

20 April 2022, 9.30 am – 4 pm (CEST) – Antwerp – Register now!

This HRBAD Roundtable continues a very young tradition of holding an annual research day with the Flemish Interuniversity Research Network on Law and Development (law&dev) on the dedicated topic of human rights-based approaches to development (HRBAD). Leading experts will share their HRBAD experiences, and comment on student presentations. Students taking the Human Rights and Global Justice class in the University of Antwerp LLM Sustainable Development and Global Justice module will present their arguments pro and con a HRBAD on topics such as: balancing rights; balancing social and environmental concerns; deep inequality; and companies as duty-bearers. The roundtable is a great opportunity to learn more about HRBADs, to meet fellow researchers, and to engage with the students.


Participation is free, but registration is mandatory. Please register by 14 April 2022 latest. To register, click here.

Venue: University of Antwerp, Rodestraat 14, 2000 Antwerp (city campus map)

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Programme (also in PDF)

9.30: welcome and introduction – Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp)

Expert Panel on Conflicts in HRBADs / HRBADs and Conflict – R.219

9.45-10.45: presentations
• Gustavo Arosemena (Maastricht University): Conflicts in human rights-based development
• Koen De Feyter (University of Antwerp): A human rights-based approach to development programming in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
• Tine Destrooper (Ghent University): Communicating vessels? Examining the (ideal) relation between HRBAD and collective reparations in post-conflict societies

Health break

11.00-12.00: short responses and plenary discussion
• Gustavo Prieto Munoz (Ghent University): Reflections on conflicts in human rights-based development
• Brigitte Herremans (Ghent University): The EU’s Self-Defeating Aid Policy towards Palestine
• Deborah Casalin (University of Antwerp): HRBAD and conflict displacement
• Cito Cirhigiri (Ghent University) Humanizing collective reparations for social healing
• Kata Dozsa (University of Antwerp): HRBAD to climate justice

Lunch break

Student presentations – R.219 & R.213

Students will present their arguments in a role play to two policy makers or practitioners who are to be convinced of the adoption of a HRBAD/the integration of a particular theme in a HRHAD.

Parallel sessions 1

13.30-14.30: G1+ G2: Balancing environmental and social concerns in a HRBAD (Kata Dozsa; Anne Oloo)
13.30-14.30: G3+G4: Addressing the human rights obligations of companies in a HRBAD: (S. Kerremans; B. Herremans)

Parallel sessions 2

14.45-15.45: G5+G6: Addressing deep socio-economic inequality in a HRBAD (M. Smith; G. Muñoz)
14.45-15.45: G7+G8: Decolonisation of HRBAD (with a focus on early marriage) (D. Casalin; E. Durmuş)
16.00: end