Scientific Committee

Chair of the Scientific Committee: Yvonne Donders (Amsterdam)

Heiner Bielefeldt (Germany)

Professor of human rights and human rights politics at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. From 2003 until 2009 he was Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, i.e. Germany’s accredited National Human Rights Institute. Between 2010 and 2016 he served as UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Recent publications include Auslaufmodell Menschenwürde? (Freiburg, 2009) and Freedom of Religion or Belief (Bonn, 2014).

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Janet Blake (Iran)

Associate Professor of Law at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran), where she is a member of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights and the Centre for Excellence in Education for Sustainable Development. She is also a member of the Cultural Heritage Law Committee of the International Law Association and has acted as an International Consultant to UNESCO since 1999, mostly in the field of intangible cultural heritage. Her research monograph on International Cultural Heritage Law was published by Oxford University Press in June 2015.

Paul De Hert (Belgium)

Human rights and law & technology scholar working in the area of constitutionalism, criminal law and surveillance law. He is interested both in legal practice and more fundamental reflections about law. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), he holds the chair of European Criminal Law. In the past he has taught Historical Constitutionalism, Human Rights, Legal Theory and Constitutional Criminal Law. He is Director of the Research Group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC), Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (Metajuridics) and a co-director of the Research Group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS). He is an associated-professor at Tilburg University where he teaches Privacy and Data Protection at Master level at the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT).

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Yvonne Donders (The Netherlands)

Professor of International Law and Cultural Diversity and Head of the Department of International and European Law at the University of Amsterdam; PhD at 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 public international law and human rights law and gives lectures on cultural rights and cultural diversity. She has previously worked as a Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s Human Rights Department. She is currently member of the Dutch National Commission for UNESCO; Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs; Member of the Advisory Council to the Netherlands National Institute for Human Rights; Member of Editorial Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights; and Member of the European Expert Network on Culture.

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Andrzej Jakubowski (Poland)

Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). He has published primarily in the area of international cultural heritage law, including State Succession in Cultural Property (OUP, 2015). He currently chairs an international collaborative research project entitled ‘HEURIGHT – The Right to Cultural Heritage – Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union’ within the programme HERITAGE PLUS, co-financed by the European Union (Horizon 2020).

Annamari Laaksonen (Australia)

Research Manager at the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) in charge of the knowledge and analysis programme of the Federation. Prior to IFACCA, she worked for more than a decade at Interarts Foundation in the field of culture, development, human rights and international cooperation. Her publications include Making culture accessible: Access, participation and cultural provision in the context of cultural rights in Europe (Council of Europe, 2010).

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Federico Lenzerini (Italy)

Professor of International Law, University of Siena (Italy). He is also Professor at the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights at the St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, USA, Consultant to UNESCO (Paris), and Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on ‘Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’. His main fields of research are human rights law, rights of indigenous peoples, asylum and refugee law, law of cultural heritage.

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