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Dr Y.M. Donders (1972) has been appointed professor of International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law.

Jeroen Oerlemans
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Yvonne Donders conducts research in the area of international human rights law, with a special focus on cultural rights. In the coming years, she will be focusing on the relationship between international human rights law and cultural diversity, in particular the question of how and to what extent cultural diversity between and within states is or can be reflected in the international human rights system. She also teaches (international) human rights law.

Donders has served as director and senior university lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) since 2006. She has also been seconded to the Dutch National Human Rights Institution as a part-time project leader since 2011. She previously served as a specialist on economic, social and cultural rights at UNESCO's Human Rights Division in Paris, and as a postdoc researcher at Maastricht University’s International and European Law department. Donders is a member of the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO and of the Scientific Committee of the World Forum on Human Rights. She also serves as chairwoman of the United Nations Association of The Netherlands.