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28 October 2016
Janskerkhof 2/3, room 013

UCIS Masterclass: ‘Human Rights advocacy, an uphill battle behind the scenes’ by Boris Dittrich

On 28 October Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch will give a UCIS Masterclass.

Dittrich, former party leader of D66 in the Netherlands was the driving force behind the introduction of same-sex marriage and adoption bills in the Netherlands, making it the first country to open its civil marriage for gays and lesbians. Before being elected to parliament, Boris was a judge at the regional court of Alkmaar and a lawyer in Amsterdam. He is author of two novels and two non-fiction works in Dutch, one on LGBT rights. He studied at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In May 2013 he received the Jos Brink State Award from the Dutch government for his work on LGBT rights over the last 30 years.

During the Masterclass, Dittrich will touch upon the role of human rights advocacy worldwide and will give his inside view on this uphill battle behind the scenes working towards this. He will conclude by giving advice on job opportunities in the NGO sector.

The Masterclass will be followed by drinks!

UCIS Masterclasses are led by prominent figures who will share their personal knowledge and insights into a relevant theme. They are meant to be less formal, with Chatham House Rules applying.