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Max van der Stoel Human Rights Lecture

Date: Time: 13:00 Location: Online via Zoom

Event dedicated to International Human Rights Day. Keynote by the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Bahia Tahzib-Lie. Followed by the 25th presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 13:00-14:15 hrs.
Admission is free after registration (required).


Please send an email to with your name and subject ‘registration Human Rights Lecture

Education lasts a lifetime: let’s give human rights a greater place in the classroom

Keynote by the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador, Bahia Tahzib-Lie. She firmly believes that, if we want to empower future generations to integrate human rights into their lives, human rights must be given a greater place in school and university curricula. After all, education lasts a lifetime.

Intergenerational dialogue on human rights

Bahia is advocating for intergenerational dialogue on human rights, with young people at its center. She is specifically calling for an annual #GlobalHumanRightsWeek, culminating in International Human Rights Day on 10 December. As part of this week, activists, practitioners, and diplomats in the human rights field would be encouraged to visit schools and universities to interact with children and young people on human rights.

Stories speak to the heart

Bahia would particularly like to encourage these professionals to share the experiences and stories of human rights defenders whose lives are under threat; inspiring human rights icons; and vulnerable people in need. This can be done in all sorts of ways, for instance via films and poetry. These stories can speak to the hearts and minds of young people and motivate them to incorporate human rights into their thoughts and actions.


At the same time, the visits would offer human rights professionals a refreshing and inspiring opportunity to listen to the ideas and aspirations of young people regarding human rights and learn about their concerns and needs.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Intergenerational dialogue of this kind is underpinned by an unequivocal commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’

Bahia Tahzib-Lie

Bahia Tahzib-Lie currently serves as the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador. In this capacity she promotes human rights around the world on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She carries out bilateral missions and attends multilateral meetings. She also works to boost dialogue with society on human rights in the Netherlands and abroad. Her previous roles include Dutch Ambassador to the State of Qatar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Special Envoy for UN Affairs, and Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen (the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development).

Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Bahia Tahzib-Lie

International Human Rights Day

This event is dedicated to International Human Rights Day. This is to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted and proclaimed on December 10th  1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award

In the second half of the program, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award will be presented for the best PhD thesis and the best Master’s thesis on human rights in the Netherlands and Belgium. This prize is awarded by Tilburg Law School and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR). The award is named after Max van der Stoel, former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and professor of International and European law at Tilburg University.


13:00-13:45 Lecture + Q&A Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Ms. Bahia Tahzib-Lie

13:45-14:30 Award ceremony

More information

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

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* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions. There will be no recording of this event available afterwards, so make sure you attend!

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