Kristin Henrard

Programme Director

Prof. Kristin Henrard is Professor of International Law at the Brussels School of Governance. She co-directs the Fundamental Rights Centre at the VUB.

Previously she was professor of human rights and minorities at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she worked between 2007-2020, following her transfer from Groningen University (1999-2007). Kristin obtained her PhD in September 1999 at the Catholic University of Leuven, focusing on The Interrelation between Individual Human Rights, Minority Rights and the Right to Self-determination for an Adequate Minority Protection: Theoretical Framework and Case Study on Post-Apartheid South Africa. She holds an LLM from Harvard Law School.

She has more than 160 publications, a substantial part of which pertain to human rights and minorities, ranging from educational rights, linguistic rights, to the prohibition of (racial) discrimination (the various dimensions of the right to equal treatment), socio-economic and political participation and religious fundamental rights. Several of her publications elaborate on the role of international courts and their legitimacy concerns (in this respect). She continuously expands her range to multi-disciplinary papers, particularly pertaining to integration, and nationality/citizenship.

From February 2005 to May 2010 she worked on her VIDI- project which was granted by the Dutch Council for Scientific Research regarding the implications for minority protection of the Race Equality Directive. Between March 2005 and March 2010 she was member of The Young Academy of the Dutch Academy of Science.

Prof. Henrard has held visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Institute on Ethnic and Religious Diversity (Göttingen, Germany); the Centre d’Etudes Ethniques des Universités Montréaloises (Québec, Canada) and the African Centre for Migration and Society (Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa). She is Senior non-resident Researcher at the European Centre on Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany). 

She has been teaching a variety of courses on public international law, constitutional law, human rights, minority protection, and refugee law. She has built extensive experience in developing courses and teaching at bachelor, master and honours level.

Currently, she teaches Introduction to Intenrational and European Law, Human Rights, Legal Aspects of Migration and the Capstone in International and European Law.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)