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Michelle Parlevliet wins the Max van der Stoel Award 2016

9 December 2016

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Awards 2016 have been awarded at Tilburg University. UvA researcher Michelle Parlevliet and Lize Glas of Nijmegen University shared the first prize in the category of PhD theses.

The jury stated that the seminal work on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution by Michelle Parlevliet succeeds in embedding a lot of practical experience in an innovative study with a very sound methodology.

Parlevliet focuses on the dilemma of choosing between prioritizing the solution of a conflict and remedying violations of human rights. She shows that 'human rights' and 'conflict resolution' interact and overlap in some respects while at the same time being very disconnected and different. Parlevliet underlines that to engage with this relationship between human rights and conflict resolution we need to accept such concurrent realities. 

About Michelle Parlevliet

Michelle Parlevliet completed her PhD at the Law Faculty of the University of Amsterdam. She is currently Assistant Professor Conflict Resolution and Governance in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the AISSR research programme group Transnational Configurations, Conflict & Governance. Her research focuses on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution in theory and practice as it plays out in specific country settings, in relation to particular issues (e.g. communal conflict, natural resources, national human rights institutions, transitional justice, and displacement), and as affected by the policies, politics and institutional architecture of development cooperation. 

About the award

The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award was established by Tilburg University and has been awarded by the School of Human Rights Research. Since 2002, this award has been called the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award, in honor of Max van der Stoel (1924-2011), who was professor of International Law at Tilburg University and who exerted himself as a politician, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, and UN Rapporteur on Human Rights.

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