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The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) is the key centre of expertise of human rights research and education at Utrecht University. SIM offers internationally oriented study programmes, conducts interdisciplinary research and organises a range of activities in the field of human rights. Read more about us

Human rights research is an integral part of all Utrecht University School of Law's research programmes as well as of a number of multidisciplinary networks within the university at large.


cover  Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights - Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017
7 December 2017
The December 2017 issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights is now online.
Illustration MOOC
7 December 2017
Utrecht University launches again the MOOC 'Human Rights for Open Societies - An Introduction into the European Convention on Human Rights'.
Book cover ‘The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law’
7 November 2017
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights hosted a panel discussion to mark the launch of Dr Katharine Fortin’s new book.


26 January 2018 09:00 - 17:00
A conference on the transfer of prisoners in the EU will be held on January 26th 2018, titled: "Mutual trust under pressure"
9 February 2018 16:15 - 17:15
PhD Defence of Eduardo Arenas Catalán, February 9th 2018.