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World Human Rights Day

Each year, Tilburg University dedicates a program to World Human Rights Day. This is to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN on December 10, 1948.

Speakers in recent years have included Pieter van Vollenhoven, Bert Koenders, Alex Brenninkmeijer, Corinne Dettmeijer, Peter Kooijmans, Patrick Cammaert, Ruud Lubbers, Philippe Kirsch and Eveline Herfkens.

Human Rights Award

During the program, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award is presented for the best dissertation and the best Master's thesis with regard to human rights. Max van der Stoel, who died on April 23, 2011, served as the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and a UN Human Rights Rapporteur.

Academic Forum organizes this program in association with the School of Human Rights Research and Tilburg Law School.