Tilburg University: Fair & Green

Tilburg University is committed to a sustainable society and encourages researchers, teachers, support staff, students, and stakeholders to actively contribute to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Human Rights Research

Sexual violence in conflict zones

Associate professor Anne-Marie de Brouwer is interested in international law. During her studies, she began to read about sexual violence in conflict zones and discovered that the legal protection of these victims left much to be desired. As she became fascinated, initially from an academic perspective, she contributed to improving the legal position of victims of sexual violence. She also made a personal contribution: with her book The Men Who Killed Me, which contains stories of victims, she raised the awareness of the seriousness of the problem. She is the co-founder and chair of the Mukomeze Foundation, an organization which aims to empower women who survived sexual violence during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Statelessness: Legislative change in Senegal

Another good example are the efforts of our researchers in favor of the forgotten group of stateless people. Because they have no nationality and no passport, they do not have the rights that citizens have. Stateless people feel excluded because they cannot prove who they are. They want to be treated as human beings and have the same opportunities. Their desperate situation can lead to depression or anxiety about the future.

An important group of stateless people are women who do not have the right to pass on their nationality to their children. These stateless mothers are worried about what will happen to their children when they are no longer around. Our research and our education help local organizations to make their activities more effective and to exercise pressure on governments. These efforts have not been in vain: in Senegal, the legislation on this issue was amended last year. In this African country, women are now able pass on their nationality to their children.

Business & Human Rights Research Group

Worldwide there is growing awareness that companies have a responsibility to respect human rights. For example, multinationals are increasingly called to account for the damage they have caused to people and the environment in distant countries. Our researchers help clarify the legal framework: what constitutes a human rights violation and what does not? This was one of the issues on which the research group advised peace organization PAX when it was writing its report on ‘blood coal’.

Professors for Development

Our professors and professors emeritus from various Schools work pro bono to share their knowledge and experience with students and teachers to help African universities to take a step forward. These 'Professors for Development' can be seen as a contribution to the right to education, set out in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is furthermore stated in this Article that higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. In addition, the right to education can be found in many treaties and constitutions.