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Award winners Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award

Since its establishment the award has been presented to the following persons:

2017

From left to right Jenny Goldschmidt (chair of the jury), Nicola Jägers (chair), Madeline Garlick, Sean Bex

From left to right Jenny Goldschmidt (chair of the jury), Nicola Jägers (chair), Madeline Garlick, Sean Bex

PhD thesis

  • Madeline Garlick (first prize)
    Solidarity under Strain
  • Sean Bex (second prize)
    Dave Eggers and Human Rights Culture

Master’s thesis

  • Petri Freundlich (first prize)
    International Humanitarian Law in Human Rights Court: a Comparative Analysis Between the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  • Sam Mosallai (second prize)
    Compatibility of Australian Asylum Policy Aimed at Unauthorized Maratime Arrivals with International Refugee and Human Rights Law

2016

PhD thesis

  • Lize Glas (shared first prize)
    The Theory, Potential and Practice of Procedural Dialogue in the European Convention on Human Rights System, defended at Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Michelle Parletvliet (shared first prize)
    Embracing Concurrent Realities, defended at the Univesity of Amsterdam

Master's thesis

  • Tomislav Cholrevski (first prize)
    Re-Writing Brains and Minds, defended at Tilburg Univesity

2015

PhD thesis

  • Arne Vandenbogaerde (shared first prize)
    "Contours and Viability of a Multi-Duty-Bearer Accountability Framework in the Field of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights"
    defended at Antwerpen University
  • Lorena Sosa (shared first prize)
    "At the Centre or the Margins"
    defended at Tilburg University
  • Krit-Jan Zeegers (third prize)
    "International Criminal Tribunals and Human Rights Law: Adherence and Contextualization"
    defended at the University of Amsterdam

Master's thesis

  • Yussef Al Tamimi (first prize)
    " The Protection of Vulnerable Groups and Individuals by the European Court of Human Rights"
    defended at Free University Amsterdam
  • Sangita Jaghai (honorary mention)
    " Statelessness and Transnational Migration in the Asean Region "
    defended at Tilburg University

2014

PhD thesis

  • Etienne Ruvebana (first prize)
    "Prevention of Genocide under International Law; an analysis of the obligations of States and the United Nations to prevent genocide at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels"
    defended at Groningen University
  • Ilse Griek (second prize)
    "Human Rights in Translation; dispute resolution in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal"
    defended at Tilburg University
  • Daniëlla Dam-de Jong (honorary mention)
    "International Law and Governance of Natural Resources in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations "
    defended at Leiden University

Master's thesis

  • Omar Sheira (first prize)
    "Towards a way out of the Egyptian dilemma; new lessons for an old regime "
    defended at Tilburg University
  • Shalindra Dekker (honorary mention)
    " Human Rights and Sport: is there a human right to sport? "
    defended at Utrecht University
  • Patrick van Berlo (honorary mention)
    " The Borderscapes of Australia’s Offshore Immigration Detention Policy; examining the impact of Operation Sovereign Borders on Pacific Borderscapes"

    defended at Leiden University

2013

PhD thesis

  • Martine Boersma (first prize)
    "Corruption: A Violation of Human Rights and a Crime under International Law?"
    defended at Maastricht University
  • Ciara Smyth (second)
    "The Common European Asylum System and the Rights of the Child: An Exploration of Meaning and Compliance "
    defended at Leiden University

Master's thesis

  • Noëmi Géronne (first prize)
    "Mutual recognition, uniform application, effectiveness and primacy of EU law vs. fundamental rights protection under national constitutional law: Does Article 53 ChFR provide a solution for the tension between these interests? "
    defended at Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Lourdes Peroni and Alexandra Timmer (honorary mention )
    " Vulnerable Groups: The Promise of an emerging Concept in European Human Rights Convention Law”
    written at Ghent University

2012

PhD thesis

  • Nanda Oudejans (first prize)
    "Asylum: a Philosophical Inquiry into the International Protection of Refugees"
    defended at Tilburg University
  • Brianne McGonigle Leyh (honorary mention)
    "Procedural Justice? Victim Participation in International Criminal Proceedings"
    defended at Utrecht University

Master's thesis

  • Nik de Boer (first prize)
    "Constitutional, Fundamental Rights and the issue of divergent rights and standards in the EU"
    defended at Utrecht University
  • Joeri Bemelmans (second prize )
    "Twee is één teveel; Over de gevolgen en wenselijkheid van een Europa-conform feitsbegrip in de ne bis in idem regel"
    defended at Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Neske Baerwaldt (honorary mention)
    " Vreemdelingendetentie in het kader van de nieuwe penologie"
    defended at the University of Amsterdam

2011

PhD thesis

  • Maarten den Heijer (first prize)
    "Europe and Extraterritorial Asylum"
    defended at Leiden University
  • Christophe Paulussen (second prizes)
    "Male Captus, Bene Detentus? Surrendering suspects to the International Criminal Court"
    defended at Tilburg University
  • Steven Dewulf (third prize)
    "The Signature of Evil. (Re)defining torture in International Law"
    defended at University of Antwerp

Master's thesis

  • Dirk Ormel (first prize)
    "Ne pas tuer la poule aux oeufs d'or: Can and should the illegal exploitation of natural resources in East-DRC be prosecuted as a war crime by the International Criminal Court?"
    defended at Leiden University
  • Laura Henderson (second prize )
    "Tortured Reality. How media framing of waterboarding affects judicial independence"
    defended at Utrecht University

2010

PhD thesis

  • Michal Gondek (first prize)
    'The Reach of Human Rights in a Globalising World: Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties'
    defended at Maastricht University
  • Nathalie van Leuven (second prize)
    'Contracten en Mensenrechten: Een Mensenrechtelijke Lezing van het Contractenrecht'
    defended at Louvain University
  • Felix Ndahinda (third prize)
    'Indigenousness in Africa: A Contested Legal Framework for Empowerment of 'Marginalized' Communities'
    defended at Tilburg University

Master's thesis

  • Masuma Shahid (first prize)
    'Trading Fundamental Human Rights for Security. An analysis of the European Union's Counter-Terrorism Policy'
    defended at Erasmus University Rotterdam

2009

PhD thesis

  •  Stef Vandeginste (first prize)
    'Law as a Source and Instrument of Transitional Justice in Burundi'
    defended at Antwerp University
  •  Laura van Waas (second prize)
    'Nationality Matters; Statelessness under International Law'
    defended at Tilburg University

Master's thesis

  • Edward van Kempen (first prize)
    'The Use of Secret Evidence in Migration Proceedings in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands in the Light of the Principles of Equality of Arms and Adversarial Hearings as set out in International Law'
    defended at VU University of Amsterdam
  •  Marlies Vlasselaer (second prize)
    'De Bijdrage van het Internationaal Strafhof in het Herstel van Schendingen van Mensenrechten' defended at Catholic University of Leuven

2008

PhD thesis

  • Antoine Buyse (first prize)
    'Post-Conflict Housing Restitution. The European Human Rights Perspective, With a Case Study on Bosnia and Herzegovina'
    defended at Leiden University and graded cum laude
  • Gentian Zyberi (second prize)
    'The Humanitarian Face of the International Court of Justice. Its Contribution to Interpreting and Developing International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Rules and Principles'
    defended at Utrecht University

Master's thesis

  • Renée van Eijl (first prize)
    'Dealing with Crimes of the Past: No More Amnesty?'
    defended at Utrecht University

2007

PhD thesis

  • Hilde Reiding (first prize)

    'The Netherlands and the Development of International Human Rights Instruments'
    defended at Utrecht University

Master's thesis

  • Wijnand Hemelaar (first prize)
    'Fair trade and the protection of human rights'
    defended at Utrecht University
  • Sander van Niekerk (second prize)
    'The legal and psychological implications of U.S. treatment of detainees in the war on terror' defended at Maastricht University
  • Michiel van Nispen (second prize)
    'The Human Right to Development. A legal-philosophical approach on development and poverty eradication'
    defended at Tilburg University

2006

PhD thesis

  •  Anne-Marie de Brouwer (first prize)
    'Supranational Criminal Prosecution of Sexual Violence: The ICC and the Practice of the ICTY and the ICTR'
    defended at Tilburg University
  • Jan-Peter Loof (first prize)
    'Mensenrechten en Staatsveiligheid: Verenigbare groot-heden?'
    defended at Leiden University

Master's thesis

  •  Jerfi Uzman (first prize)
  •  Karel De Meester (first prize)

Article

  • Michal Gondek (first prize)
    'Extraterritorial Application of the European Convention on Human Rights: Territorial Focus in the Age of globalization?'

2005

PhD thesis

  • Beatrice de Graaf (first prize)
    'Over de Muur. De DDR, de Nederlandse kerken en de vredesbeweging [Beyond the Wall. The GDR, the Dutch churches and the peace movement]'
    defended at Utrecht University

Master's thesis

  •  Mariska van Delft (first prize)
    De Comparative Method en de Consensusinterpretatiemethode [The Comparative Method and the Consensusinterpretationmethod]'
    defended at Leiden University
  • Eline Hilwig (second prize)
    'The Barrier in the Occupied Palestinian Territory - Protection of Private Property under International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law'
    defended at Utrecht University

2004

PhD thesis

  •  Marten Zwanenburg (first prize PhD thesis): 'Accountability under International Humanitarian Law for United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Peace Support Operations'
    defended at Leiden University

Master's thesis

  • Christophe Paulussen (first prize)
    'Male Captus Bene Detentus? Human Rights
  • Drazan Djukic (second prize)
    'ICTY Plea Bargaining, An Inquiry into the Appropriateness of the Plea Bargaining of Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law'
    defended at Tilburg University
  •  Nawel Jallal (incentive prize)
    'Marokko en het VN-Vrouwenverdrag [Morocco and the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women]'
    defended at Utrecht University

2003

PhD thesis

  • Göran Sluiter (first prize)
    'International Criminal Adjudication and the Collection of Evidence: Obligation of States'
    defended at Utrecht University
  • Janneke Gerards (second prize
    'Judicial Review on the Basis of the Principle of Equality'
    defended at Maastricht University

Master's thesis

  • Suzanne Gower (first prize)
    'What truth, Which Truth, Whose Truth? A Critical Analysis of Truth Commissions'
    defended at Utrecht University

2002

PhD thesis

  • Machteld Boot (first prize)
    'Nullum Crimen Sine Lege and the Subject Matter Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court' defended at Tilburg University
  • Corinne Packer (second prize PhD thesis): 'Using Human Rights to Change Tradition: Traditional Practices Harmful to Women's Health in sub-Saharan Africa'
    defended at Utrecht University

Master's thesis

  •  Jojanneke Brandt (first prize):
    'TRIPS and the Right to Health: Striking the Right Balance'
    defended at Tilburg University

2001

PhD thesis

  • Anna Meijknecht (first prize)
    'Towards International Personality: The Position of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law'
    defended at Tilburg University

Master's thesis

  • Floor Gussenhoven (first prize)
    'Papier - en - praktijk: Traditionele Praktijken & de Rechten van de Mens: een onderzoek naar de rol van verdragscomités bij de uitbanning van genitale verminking [Paper - and - practice: Traditional Practices & Human Rights: an investigation of the role of treaty bodies in the elimination of genital mutilation]'
    defended at Utrecht University

2000

PhD thesis

  •  Liesbeth Zegveld (first prize)
    'The Quest for Accountability'
    defended at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Master's thesis

  • Arjan Alberts (first prize)
    'De Nederlandse uitleveringspraktijk in het licht van internationale regelgeving [Dutch practice regarding extradition in view of international law]'
    defended at Utrecht University
  • Suzanne de Groot (second prize)
    'Political participation of national minorities'
    defended at Tilburg University

1999

PhD thesis

  •  Stefan de Boer (first prizes)
    'From Sharpeville to Soweto'
    defended at Utrecht University
  • Marlies Glasius (second prize)
    'Foreign Policy on Human Rights, its Influence on Indonesia under Soeharto'
    defended at Utrecht University

Article

  • Eva Rieter (first prize article)
    'Interim Measures by the World Court to Suspend the Execution of an Individual: the Breard Case'.

1998

PhD thesis

  • Peter Malcontent (first prize)
    'Op kruistocht in de derde wereld [A third world crusade]'
    defended at Utrecht University

Master's thesis

  • Barbara Tószegi (first prize)
    'Human Rights and Democracy conditionality in the external relations of the European Union, in particular in the context of the eastward enlargement'
    defended at Maastricht University