Human right indicators: promises, problems and paradoxes

Bart Kleine Deters, UNU-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

The use of indicators has permeated the development field to the point where global development efforts coalesce around a dashboard of indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals, purportedly measuring all possible aspects of development. This measurement urge has also reached the human rights discipline, much to the dismay of many lawyers – who feel that measuring human rights reduces them to something they no longer recognize as rights.

Nevertheless, since human development and human rights share many of the same goals a productive collaboration should be possible. This seminar will discuss why and how human rights indicators are different from other governance indicators, and how to recognize and use a good human rights indicator in your research.



About the speaker

Bart Kleine Deters is a PhD fellow since September 2015. His research concerns linkages between human rights and socio-economic development. He is specifically interested in how national human rights law can help shape development outcomes.

He holds a MSc. in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University and UNU-MERIT, where he specialised in Social Protection Policy Design and Financing. Prior to that, he studied European law at the LLB level, and international law (with a specialisation in human rights) at the LLM level, both at Maastricht University.

For Zoom meeting details, please contact the coordinators under: jointseminars@merit.unu.edu



Venue: via Zoom

Date: 28 May 2020

Time: 14:00 - 15:00


UNU-MERIT