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 a regular consultant for UNESCO and for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the Netherlands Network of Human Rights Research (NNHRR), Member of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AIV), Member of the Editorial Board and Executive Editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR), Member of the Board of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (KNVIR) and Chair of the Advisory Board of the “Shelter City” project for human rights defenders. Previous memberships include member of the National Commission for UNESCO, member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC) and Chair of the Dutch United Nations Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties, NVVN).
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")
- “The Enjoyment of Cultural Rights by Women on an Equal Basis with Men” in: Lucky Belder and Helle Porsdam (eds.), Negotiating Cultural Rights: Issues at Stake, Challenges and Recommendations (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017), p. 100-120. [DOI: 10.4337/9781786435422]
- “Cultural Diversity and Cultural Identity in Human Rights” in: Culture and Human Rights: The Wroclaw Commentaries (Andreas J. Wiesand, Kalliopi Chainoglou, Yvonne Donders and Anna Sledzinska-Simon (eds.)) (De Gruyter November 2016) pp. 23-32 [ISBN 978-3-11-044050-8]
- “Foundations of Collective Cultural Rights in International Human Rights Law” in: Andrzej Jakubowski (ed.), Cultural Rights as Collective Rights - an International Law Perspective (Brill Nijhoff Publishers, 2016), pp. 85-112 DOI: 10.1163/9789004312029_006 (last draft version http://ssrn.com/abstract=2622424).
- “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.