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Board and Advisory Council

The Rights Forum has a board of dedicated experts, headed by former UN Child Rights Committee chair Prof. Jaap Doek. About 20 former ministers and professors of international law are associated via an advisory council. The organization’s strategy and work is carried out by an experienced director, a communication officer and two part-time staff members.

Dries van Agt

Dries van Agt

Honorary Chair

Andreas van Agt was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977 to 1982. Consequently, he was the Queens’ Commissioner (Governor) of the province of North Brabant and European Union Ambassador to Japan and the United States. Van Agt is the founder and honorary chair of The Rights Forum.

Mouin Rabbani

Mouin Rabbani

Board

Mouin Rabbani is historian, Middle East expert and an independent analyst. Rabbani worked for the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq and the International Crisis Group (ICG).

Pieter Bekker

Pieter Bekker

Advisory Council

Pieter Bekker is a jurist specialized in public international law. He is a lawyer and teaches at the faculty of Law of Columbia University, New York. Bekker worked at the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague.

Marcel Brus

Marcel Brus

Advisory Council

Marcel Brus is Professor of International Law at the University of Groningen and Secretary of the Netherlands branch of the International Law Association. Brus has taught at the universities of Leiden and Oxford.

Cees Flinterman

Cees Flinterman

Advisory Council

Cees Flinterman is Honorary Professor of Human Rights at the University of Utrecht and the University of Maastricht and member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Egbert Myjer

Egbert Myjer

Advisory Council

Egbert Myjer was between 2004 and 2012 Judge on the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Until 2012, he was Professor of Human Rights at the Free University, Amsterdam. He is Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists and a member of the board of the Dutch section of Amnesty International.

Bert de Vries

Bert de Vries

Advisory Council

Bert de Vries was Minister of Social Affairs and Employment and chair of the Christian democratic party CDA.

Jaap Doek

Jaap Doek

Board

Jaap Doek is Emeritus Professor Family and Juvenile Law at the VU University Amsterdam. He was a member and the chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Jaap Doek advises various international organisations and countries on child rights. He contributed to the establishment of the international child rights organisation Defence for Children, taught at several universities and was president of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA). Doek is the chair of the board of The Rights Forum.

Henri Veldhuis

Henri Veldhuis

Board

Henri Veldhuis is theologian and minister of the Protestant Barbara-church in Culemborg. Veldhuis is treasurer of the board of The Rights Forum.

Theo van Boven

Theo van Boven

Advisory Council

Theo van Boven is Honorary Professor of International Law at Maastricht University. Van Boven was  UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the Netherlands’ representative on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and Director of the UN Division of Human Rights.

Hedy d'Ancona

Hedy d'Ancona

Advisory Council

Hedy d’Ancona was a member of the Senate, State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Thom de Graaf

Thom de Graaf

Advisory Council

Thom de Graaf (D66) was a member of the Parliament, chairman of the D66 party (Democrats 66) and Minister of Government Reform and Kingdom Relations. De Graaf is a member of the Senate and chairman of the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

André Nollkaemper

André Nollkaemper

Advisory Council

André Nollkaemper is Professor of Public International Law at the faculty of Law of the Universitity of Amsterdam and a member of the Advisory Commission on Public International Law of the Netherlands.

Klaas de Vries

Klaas de Vries

Advisory Council

Klaas de Vries is a member of the Senate and Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen. De Vries was Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Interior of the Netherlands.

Jaap Hamburger

Jaap Hamburger

Board

Jaap Hamburger is chair of A Different Jewish Voice (EAJG).

Frans Andriessen

Frans Andriessen

Advisory Council

Frans Andriessen was Minister of Finance of the Netherlands and Vice-President of the European Commission, among others responsible for Trade and External Relations.

Laurens Jan Brinkhorst

Laurens Jan Brinkhorst

Advisory Council

Laurens Jan Brinkhorst was State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, EU Ambassador to Japan, Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

Koos van Dam

Koos van Dam

Advisory Council

Nikolaos (Koos) van Dam was Dutch Ambassador to Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Germany and Indonesia. He is Arabist, political scientist and Middle East expert. Van Dam is a member of the Advisory Committee on Peace and Security of the Advisory Council on International Affairs.

Tineke Lodders

Tineke Lodders

Advisory Council

Tineke Lodders was chair of the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), vice and interim chair of the Christian democratic party CDA and member of the Senate.

Jan Pronk

Jan Pronk

Advisory Council

Jan Pronk was Minister of Development Cooperation, Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Housing and a member of the Dutch House of Representatives. Pronk was the UN Special Representative for Sudan. He is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Social Studies, chair of IKV Pax Christi and chair of the Society for International Development (SID) in Rome.

Paul de Waart

Paul de Waart

Advisory Council

Paul de Waart is Emeritus Professor of Public International Law at the VU University Amsterdam. De Waart was a member of the ‘Independent Fact Finding Commission on Gaza’, established by the Arab League.

Julus Hosman

Julus Hosman

Board

Julus Hosman worked for the Dutch foreign ministry and was Head European and International Public Affairs of Hoogovens and Corus.

Karin Arts

Karin Arts

Advisory Council

Karin Arts is Professor International Law and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, with special interest in human rights and the role of the European Union. Arts is a member of the Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law and the human rights commission of the Advisory Council on International Affairs.

Hans van den Broek

Hans van den Broek

Advisory Council

Hans van den Broek was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy.

John Dugard

John Dugard

Advisory Council

John Dugard was Judge ad hoc on the International Court of Justice and Special Rapporteur of the United Nations. For the UN Human Rights Council, he reported on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Dugard was a Professor of international law at various universities, including Leiden University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley and  the universities of New South Wales and Pretoria. He is a member of the Institut de Droit International.

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

Advisory Council

Mairead Maguire received the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. She is active in inter-church organisations and the international peace movement. Maguire is a member of the International Peace Council.

Nico Schrijver

Nico Schrijver

Advisory Council

Nico Schrijver is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Leiden and a member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Liesbeth Zegveld

Liesbeth Zegveld

Advisory Council

Liesbeth Zegveld is a lawyer, specialized in international law and human rights. Zegveld is a member of the Committee for Compensation for War Victims of the International Law Association and Professor of International Humanitarian Law at the University of Leiden.