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Prof. Duffy will present her report on the impact of strategic human rights litigation (SHRL).

Event details of Round Table 'Strategic Human Rights Litigation'
Start date 17 February 2017
End date 18 February 2017

Based on experience to date, how should we understand the potential and limitations of the role of the courts in effecting human rights change? How should we understand ‘strategic’ litigation and what impact - positive or negative - has that litigation had, and what factors have influenced this? What are some of the challenges that arise in practice in protecting and promoting human rights through litigation? What strategies have enhanced the effectiveness of SHRL as a tool for legal, social or political change?

These are some of the important questions participants to this Round Table will seek to answer. It will provide participating human rights practitioners, academics and activists with an opportunity to exchange experience and strategic thinking on the burgeoning field of SHRL. 

This event is organized by the War Reparations Centre of UvA and the Nuhanovic Foundation, in cooperation with Professor Helen Duffy.

About the speaker

Prof. Helen Duffy is Professor of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at Leiden University. She also runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ an international practice based in the Hague that specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies.


The event is closed. If you are interested in participating please contact the organizers Frederiek de Vlaming ( and Nienke van der Have (


Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room to be announced