Academic Programme of the EHRMCC

The high quality academic program of the EHRMCC is one of the highlights of the Competition. The Regional Round in Maastricht will attract about 100 participants consisting of the top law students in Europe focusing on human rights and litigation. Meet and network with the best of human rights law students and advocates, and join us for the academic program!The Academic Program takes place on Friday 5 February at 15:00-17:00.

The spots for external attendants are limited. Competition participants are automatically guaranteed a spot, and ELSA members will be given priority in registering for the audience.Sign-up form:

About the program and speakers:

15:00-16:00 – Strategic Human Rights Litigation with Prof. Dr. Helen Duffy

Prof. Dr. Helen Duffy is an experienced practicing human rights lawyer and a part time professor of human rights and humanitarian law at Leiden University. She currently runs her own international practice ‘Human Rights in Practice’, which specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies. Her current areas of focus include security and rule of law, climate crisis and judicial independence. She has extensive litigation experience before the European Court of Human Rights, African and Inter-American systems, the ECOWAS courts, UN human rights bodies and national courts.

16:00-17:00 – F/M/X Documentary Screening and Discussion with Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie and Ms. Nadja Houben

Dr. Bahia Tahzib-Lie is the Human Rights Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the capacity of the Human Rights Ambassador, she promotes human rights around the world. 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. The promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are a cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy.Ms. Nadja Houben studied Dutch Law & International Law at Erasmus University and was an exchange student at Kobe Gakuin University in Kobe, Japan.She worked for several human rights NGOS in Geneva, for the Dutch Ministry of Justice in The Hague and as a consultant. She is one of the founders of Human Rights in the Picture and runs this Dutch foundation since 2013. The organisation works on storytelling and impact through audio-visual art and shines a light on human rights violations by giving people a voice through film, music, photography and other forms of art.