mw. prof. dr. Y.M. (Yvonne) Donders

International human rights and cultural diversity
  • Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
    Afd. Internationaal & Europees Publiekrecht
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    REC A
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Kamernummer: 313
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    1000 BA  Amsterdam
  • Y.M.Donders@uva.nl
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Profile

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Donders is Professor International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity and Head of the Department of International and European Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. She has graduated from Utrecht University in international relations and has done her PhD at the Law Faculty of 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 international law and international human rights law and gives lectures on cultural rights and cultural diversity.

From 2008 to 2015 Yvonne Donders was the Director of the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL). She has also worked as project manager (1 day per week detachment) at the National Human Rights Institute of the Netherlands (College voor de Rechten van de Mens), assisting the transformation from Equal Treatment Commission to NHRI (March 2011-October 2012). Previously Yvonne Donders worked as Programme Specialist on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Division of Human Rights and Struggle against Discrimination of UNESCO's Secretariat in Paris. 

Yvonne Donders is currently member of the National Commission for UNESCO, member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs, member of Editorial Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute for Human Rights, member of the Board of the Dutch International Law Association (KNVIR), member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC), Chair of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Shelter City project. She was Chair of the Dutch United Nations Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties, NVVN) from May 2007 to May 2015.

Research

Research interests include general public international law; international human rights law, in particular the advancement of economic, social and cultural rights; and human rights and cultural diversity.

Key Publications (see full list under 'publications")

  • “Protecting the Home and Adequate Housing - Living in a Caravan or Trailer as a Human Right”, International Human Rights Law Review 5 (2016) 1-25 [DOI 10.1163/22131035-00501002].
  • “Universality, Diversity and Legal Certainty: The Cultural Diversity Argument in the Dialogue between CEDAW and States Parties”, in: Machiko Kanetake and André Nollkaemper (eds.), The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels: Contestations and Deference (Oxford: Hart Publishing, March, 2016) pp. 321-351 (with Vincent Vleugel). Last draft version: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2466894 or http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2466894
  • “Balancing Interests: Limitations to the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and Its Applications”, European Journal of Human Rights No. 4, October 2015, pp. 486-503.
  • “The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Accessibility and the Right to Information”, in: Tarlach McGonagle and Yvonne Donders (eds.), The United Nations and Freedom of Expression and Information, Critical Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, June 2015, pp. 89-121.
  • “Cultural Rights and the UNESCO Convention: More than Meets the Eye?”, in: Globalization, Culture and Development - The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, Christiaan De Beukelaer, Miikka Pyykkönen and J. P. Singh (eds.), Palgrave MacMillian, 2015, pp. 117-131.
  • “The Cultural Dimension of Economic Activities in International Human Rights Jurisprudence”, in: Valentina Vadi and Bruno de Witte (eds.), Culture and International Economic Law, Routlegde, 2015, pp 33-49. [ISBN: 978-0-415-72326-8]
  • “Cultural Pluralism in International Human Rights Law: The Role of Reservations”, in: A. Vrdoljak (ed.), The Cultural Dimension of Human Rights, Collected Courses Volume, European University Institute, Florence, OUP, 2013, p. 205-239 [ISBN 978-0-19-964212-0] Last draft version:  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2230276
  • "Old Cultures Never Die? Cultural Genocide in International Law", in: I. Boerefijn et al (eds.), Human Rights: Pre-Conflict, In Conflict, and Post-Conflict, Liber Americorum Professsor Bastiaan de Gaay Fortman, Intersentia, March 2012, pp. 278-304 [ISBN 978-1-78068-054-5]
  • "The Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress: in Search of State Obligations in relation to Health", in: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Volume 14, Issue 4 (2011), Page 371-381, Springer Publishers, Open Access: J. No. 11019, Article No. 9327, (via DOI: 10.1007/s11019-011-9327-y and http://www.springerlink.com/content/xk66t30m93122853/fulltext.pdf )
  • "Do Cultural Diversity and Human Rights make a Good Match?, in: International Social Science Journal 199, 2010, UNESCO, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 15-35. SSRN: http://ssrn.com/author=1417815
  • “Study on the legal framework of the right to take part in cultural life”, in: Y. Donders and V. Volodin (eds.) Human Rights in Education, Science and Culture: Legal Developments and Challenges, UNESCO/Ashgate, December 2007, pp. 231-271.
  • Yvonne M. Donders, Towards a Right to Cultural Identity?, School of Human Rights Research Series No. 15, Intersentia/Hart, Antwerp/Oxford/ New York , 2002, 400 pp.

Yvonne Donders teaches "International Human Rights Law" (Masters level) and "Fundamentele Rechten [fundamental rights]" (Bachelors level) at the UvA. She regularly gives guest lectures at Utrecht University, Tilburg University and the Rooseveld Academy in Middelburg, as well as at summer schools in Florence (EUI) and Rome (UNICRI). She taught a masters course on cultural rights at the University of Paris II (2008).

  • Member of the European Expert Network on Culture EENC (since January 2011)
  • Member of the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO (since September 2009)
  • Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AIV) (since June 2013)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (since May 2013)
  • Member of the Board of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (since November 2012)
  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the project “Shelter City” (since August 2012)
  • Member of the U40 group on the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (since July 2008)
  • Member of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) working group on Academic Freedom (since March 2010)
  • President of the Dutch United Nations Association (May 2007-May 2015)

2016

  • Donders, Y. (2016). Foundations of Collective Cultural Rights in International Human Rights Law. In A. Jakubowski (Ed.), Cultural rights as collective rights: an international law perspective (pp. 87-112). (Studies in intercultural human rights; No. 7). Leiden: Brill Nijhoff. DOI: 10.1163/9789004312029_006  [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2016). Protecting the Home and Adequate Housing - Living in a Caravan or Trailer as a Human Right. International Human Rights Law Review, 5(1), 1-25. DOI: 10.1163/22131035-00501002  [details] 
  • Donders, Y., & Vleugel, V. (2016). Universality, Diversity and Legal Certainty: Cultural Diversity in the Dialogue between the CEDAW and States Parties. In M. Kanetake, & A. Nollkaemper (Eds.), The Rule of Law at the national and international levels: contestations and deference (pp. 321-351). (Studies in International Law; No. 56). Oxford: Hart Publishing. [details] 

2015

  • Donders, Y. (2015). Balancing interests: limitations to the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications / Une balance des intérêts - Les restrictions au droit de bénéficier du progrès scientifique et de ses applications. Journal Européen des Droits de l'Homme, 2015(4), 486-503. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2015). Cultural Human Rights and the UNESCO Convention: More than Meets the Eye? In C. De Beukelaer, M. Pyykkönen, & J. P. Singh (Eds.), Globalization, Culture, and Development: The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity (pp. 117-131). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137397638_9  [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2015). International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: accessibility and the right to information. In T. McGonagle, & Y. Donders (Eds.), The United Nations and freedom of expression and information: critical perspectives. (pp. 89-120). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781316018552.004  [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2015). The cultural dimension of economic activities in international human right jurisprudence. In V. Vadi, & B. de Witte (Eds.), Culture and international economic law (pp. 33-49). (Routledge research in international economic law). London-New York: Routledge. [details] 

2014

  • Donders, Y., & Vleugel, V. (2014). The Receptor Approach: A New Human Rights Kid on the Block or Old Wine in New Bags? A Commentary on Professor Zwart's Article in HRQ. Human Rights Quarterly, 36(3), 653-662. DOI: 10.1353/hrq.2014.0036  [details] 

2013

  • Donders, Y. (2013). Cultural pluralism in international human rights law: the role of reservations. In A. F. Vrdoljak (Ed.), The cultural dimension of human rights (pp. 205-239). (Collected courses of the Academy of European Law; No. 22/1). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2013). Mesurer le droit de participer à la vie culturelle: le développement des indicateurs. In J. Bouchard, S. Gandolfi, & P. Meyer-Bisch (Eds.), Les droits de l'homme: une grammaire du développement (pp. 229-245). Paris: L'Harmattan. [details] 
  • Donders, Y., & Olde Monnikhof, M. (2013). The Newly Established Netherlands Institute for Human Rights: Integrating Human Rights and Equal Treatment. In J. Wouters, & K. Meuwissen (Eds.), National human rights institutions in Europe: comparative, European and international perspectives. (pp. 83-103). (International law; No. 10). Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland: Intersentia. [details] 

2012

  • Donders, Y. M. (2012). Cultural rights in the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: included or ignored? In T. Kono, & S. Van Uytsel (Eds.), The UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: a tale of fragmentation of international law? (pp. 165-182). (International law series). Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland: Intersentia. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. M. (2012). Human rights and cultural diversity: too hot to handle? Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 30(4), 377-381. [details] 

2011

  • Donders, Y. (2011). The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress: in search of state obligations in relation to health. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 14(4), 371-381. DOI: 10.1007/s11019-011-9327-y  [details] 

2008

  • Donders, Y. (2008). A right to cultural identity in UNESCO. In F. Francioni, & M. Scheinin (Eds.), Cultural human rights (pp. 317-340). (International studies in human rights; No. 95). Leiden: Nijhoff. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2008). The history of the UNESCO convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions. In H. Schneider, & P. van den Bossche (Eds.), Protection of cultural diversity from an international and European perspective (pp. 1-30). Antwerpen: Intersentia. [details] 

2015

  • Donders, Y. M. (2015). Exploring the cultural dimensions of the right to the highest attainable standard of health. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 18(2), 179-222. DOI: 10.4314/pelj.v18i2.05  [details] 

2014

  • Donders, Y. M. (2014). Europa's voorvechter van economische en sociale rechten: het Europees Comité voor Sociale Rechten. Ars Aequi, 63(4), 253-261. [details] 
  • van Eijk, N. (Author), Roessler, B. (Author), Zuiderveen Borgesius, F. (Author), Oostveen, M. (Author), et al., . U. (Author), van Son, R. (Author), ... Taylor, L. (Author). (2014). Academics Against Mass Surveillance. [details] 

2013

  • Donders, Y. (2013). International human rights and cultural diversity: a balancing act. Romanian Journal of Comparative Law, 2013(2), 123-138. [details] 

2012

  • Donders, Y. M. (2012). Old cultures never die? Cultural genocide in international law. In I. Boerefijn, L. Henderson, R. Janse, & R. Weaver (Eds.), Human rights and conflicts: essays in honour of Bas de Gaay Fortman (pp. 287-303). Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland: Intersentia. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. M., & Olde Monnikhof, M. (2012). Het College voor de Rechten van de Mens belicht, bewaakt, beschermt en bevordert mensenrechten in Nederland. NJCM-Bulletin, 37(6), 693-713. [details] 

2011

  • Donders, Y. (2011). Cinderella encontra seu príncipe: a especialista independente no campo dos direitos culturais. Revista Observatório Itaú Cultural, 11, 73-88. [details] 
  • Donders, Y., & Laaksonen, A. (2011). Encontrando manieras de medir a dimensão cultural nos direitos humanos e no desenvolvimento. Revista Observatório Itaú Cultural, 11, 89-114. [details] 

2010

2009

  • Donders, Y. M. (2009). Assepoester vindt haar prins: de Onafhankelijke Deskundige Culturele Rechten. NJCM-Bulletin, 34(7), 811-828. [details] 

2008

  • Donders, Y. (2008). The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: a victory for cultural autonomy? In I. Boerefijn, & J. Goldschmidt (Eds.), Changing perceptions of sovereignty and human rights: essays in honour of Cees Flinterman (pp. 99-122). Antwerp/Oxford/Portland: Intersentia. [details] 

2007

  • Donders, Y. M. (2007). Study on the legal framework of the right to take part in cultural life. In Y. M. Donders, & V. Volodin (Eds.), Human Rights in Education, Science and Culture: Legal Developments and Challenges. (pp. 231-271). Ashgate: Unesco publishing. [details] 

2016

  • Donders, Y. (2016). Cultural Diversity and Cultural Identity in Human Rights. In A. J. Wiesand, K. Chainoglou, & A. Śledzińska-Simon (Eds.), Culture and Human Rights: The Wroclaw Commentaries (pp. 23-32). (De Gruyter Handbook). Berlin: De Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/9783110432251-008  [details] 

2015

  • den Heijer, M., & Donders, Y. M., (2015). Case note: ECSR (rolnr. 90/2013: Recht op huisvesting; recht op sociale en geneeskundige bijstand; dakloosheid; onrechtmatig verblijf), No. 24, Jul 01, 2014. (EHRC. European Human Right Cases; Vol. 2015, No. 2). [details] 

2014

  • Donders, Y. (2014). Cultural human rights in international law: from recognition to realization. In Formaçao Jurídica e Juridiciária - Colectânea, tomo X (pp. 131-152). Macao: Centro de Formação Jurídica en Judiciária. [details] 

2012

  • Donders, Y. (2012). Mensenrechten: Oog voor Culturele Diversiteit. VN forum, 2012(3-4), 26-30. [details] 

2010

  • Donders, Y. (2010). Geef de VN maar weer de schuld. VN forum, 2010(1), 9-11. [details] 
  • Donders, Y., & Brouwer, R., (2010). Case note: Europees Comité voor Sociale Rechten (rolnr. nr. 47/2008: [Defence for Children International tegen Nederland]), No. 55, Oct 20, 2009. (EHRC. European Human Right Cases; Vol. 2010, No. 5). [details] 

2009

  • Donders, Y. M. (2009). The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress: in search of state obligations. [s.l.]: European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.
  • Donders, Y. M. (2009). Culture and human rights. In D. P. Forsythe (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human rights. - Vol. 1 (pp. 441-450). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 
  • Donders, Y., & Laaksonen, A. (2009). Finding ways to measure the cultural dimension in human rights and development. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam. [details] 
  • Donders, Y., & Laaksonen, A. (2009). Policy guidelines. In Policy guidelines: Civil Society Platform on Access to Culture: structured dialogue EU-Cultural Sector. (pp. 1-15). Brussels: Civil Society Platform on Access to Culture.

2008

  • Donders, Y. M. (2008). A forgotten human right in the UDHR: The right to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. Newsletter - School of Human Rights Research, 12(4), 3-4. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2008). Social responsibility in a human rights context: the right to health and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. Paris: UNESCO, International Bioethics Committee. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2008). Kaderverdrag Nationale Minderheden: Nuttig of nutteloos? [Bespreking van: A. Verstichel, A. Alen (2008) The framework convention for the protection of national minorities: A useful pan-European instrument?]. Internationale Spectator, 62(7/8), 438-439. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2008). [Review of: J. Almqvist (2005) Human rights, culture and the rule of law]. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 26(1), 151-155. [details] 

2007

  • Donders, Y. M. (2007). Cultural Diversity and Human Rights: a Good Match? Study for the preparation of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. UNESCO: UNESCO. [details] 

2012

  • Donders, Y. M. (2012). Human rights: eye for cultural diversity. (Oratiereeks). Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details] 

Boekredactie

  • Wiesand, A. J., Chainoglou, K., Śledzińska-Simon, A., & Donders, Y. (2016). Culture and Human Rights: The Wroclaw Commentaries. (De Gruyter Handbook). Berlin: De Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/9783110432251   [details] 
  • Donders, Y. M., & Volodin, V. (2007). Human Rights in Education, Science and Culture. Legal Developments and Challenges. Ashgate: Unesco publishing. [details] 

2017

  • van der Have, N. S. (2017). The prevention of gross human rights violations under international human rights law [details] 

2002

  • Donders, Y. M. (2002). Towards a Right to Cultural Identity? Antwerp/Oxford/New York: Intersentia/Hart

2013

  • Donders, Y. M., & Vleugel, V. (2013). The Receptor Approach: A New Human Rights Kid on the Block or Old Wine in New Bags? A Commentary on Professor Zwart's Article in HRQ. (Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper; No. 2013-64). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam. [details] 
  • Donders, Y. (2013). Cultural Pluralism in International Human Rights Law: The Role of Reservations. (Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper; No. 2013-16). Amsterdam: Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam. [details] 
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