CCAN's Classy Salon: Professor Emerita Geraldine Van Bueren on Poverty, Human Rights, and University Diversity Policies


We are excited to invite you to a special edition of the CCAN’s Classy Salon, with a lecture by Professor Emerita Geraldine Van Bueren, and a panel discussion with several prominent UU researchers and policy makers on class representation in universities.


Professor Emerita Geraldine Van Bueren (Oxford/BIICL/Queen Mary, UK) will give a lecture at the Utrecht University by invitation of the Class-Conscious Academics Network (CCAN). Van Bueren is a renowned legal scholar and barrister, who is known for, amongst other things, her work as one of the original drafters of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and her research on the status of poverty in human rights law. More recently, as Chair of the international Alliance of Working-Class Academics, an organisation for the advancement of people from lower socio-economic status backgrounds in academia, she has composed a ‘Code for Equal Opportunities for Working-Class Students and Academics’ concerning the integration of class concerns in university’s diversity policies alongside e.g. gender and ethnicity, as this is often imperfect or even missing altogether. Celebrating the partnership between the AWCA and the CCAN, Van Bueren will give a lecture on Poverty, Human Rights, and UniversitDiversity Policies.

Panel discussion

Following the lecture, there will be a panel discussion on the relevance of Van Bueren’s research in general and the Code in particular, exploring how to better address class representation on an institutional level at Utrecht University. The panelists include:


  • 15:30: Doors open.
  • 16:00: Welcome by the Class-Conscious Academics Network.
  • 16:05: Lecture by Prof. Em. Geraldine Van Bueren.
  • 17:00: Panel discussion.
  • 18:00: Reception with drinks, opportunity to meet other students and academics (especially encouraged for 1st-gen students!)

Location: Sweelinckzaal (Drift 21, Utrecht)

Entrance: Free, the event is open to all UU students, academics, and staff, as well as anyone outside of the UU who is interested in the topic.

Registration: Registration is required due to limited space:

More information: CCAN Events Page.


The event is financially supported by and co-organised with the Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Institutions for Open Societies, University College Utrecht, and the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Office (EDI).

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End date and time
Sweelinckzaal (Drift 21, Utrecht)
Entrance fee
Free (registration required)

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