UGENT Human Rights Research Network

Published on 26-10-2023, Last modified on 26-10-2023

Panel discussion of the Interuniversity Network on Law and Development (LAW&DEV)

06/12/2023 @ 13:15:00
Faculty Board Room Faculty of Law and Criminology | Voldersstraat 3, 9000 Gent

This event is part of the International Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Conference ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75: Rethinking and Constructing its Future Together’

This activity is open to the public, and free of charge.


Welcome and introduction by Wouter Vandenhole, University of Antwerp

Governing public goods through multistakeholder partnerships: human rights accountability and beyond, presentation by Gamze Erdem Türkelli, University of Antwerp

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals hail multistakeholder partnerships (MSPs) as key actors in achieving sustainable development. MSPs that bring together states, businesses, philanthropy and civil society are increasingly in the frontlines of providing public goods that are human rights such as food, health, education and water. In these domains, partnerships are spearheading the continued expansion of multistakeholder governance into international law, including human rights law. This expansion has been taking place without critical appraisal with respect to its effectiveness and consequences for human rights accountability. It is important to investigate the interface of international law and multistakeholder governance in the realisation of human rights and derive insights on whether and how international law and multistakeholder governance through MSPs can generate common ground when governing public goods that are human rights.

Reflections by Stefaan Smis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Q&A and discussion
Moderator: Wouter Vandenhole


Ghent citizens can register Here

Participants of the conference ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 75’ can register Here