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Governance as Responsibility: Member State Participation in International Financial Institutions and the Quest for Effective Human Rights Protection

by Ms. Ana Sofia Barros

Friday 28 April 2017, 17.00
Venue: Justus Lipsiuszaal, 08.16, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Geert De Baere (KU Leuven)
Co-Supervisor : Prof. Dr. Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht University)
Other members of the examining committee: Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters(KU Leuven), Prof. Dr. Jan Klabbers (Helsinki University), Prof. Dr. Pierre Klein (ULB) and Prof. Dr. Niels Blokker (Leiden University)

Ana Sofia Barros (27 February 1985) obtained the degree of Law at the University of Lisbon in 2007 and in 2010 a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. Prior to joining the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in 2012, Ana Sofia worked in a Portuguese Law Firm (CSA), having qualified as a lawyer in 2012. She was also trainee at an international NGO (IRCT) and at the European Commission (OLAF).


Supplementary theses

  1. Human dignity forms the basis of the human rights regime. The latter’s protecting ethos is seen to constitute a means for the realisation of the individual’s authentic self. Touching upon core communal values, human rights mainstreaming thus emerges as an obvious benchmark in today’s global governance scheme. However, the process is not without its difficulties, as sometimes human rights clash, and it may not be clear-cut which right is to be prioritised over the other. Perhaps the problem is also one of ignorance about the content of what that authentic self really means. This does not in any way diminish the fundamentality of international human rights law, but it does point to the inexorable imperfectness of whatever it is that human beings create, including legal regimes.
  2. Colonialism, from Congo to Bolivia, has had far wider repercussions than those children learn of in school. Particularly in European countries, such as Portugal or Belgium, children are taught that their ancestors conquered land, triggered global trade, developed astronomic instruments and were, in sum, heroes. There is, however, a much grimmer story to tell, one which touches upon slavery, exploitation and abandonment – and this story is of course a real legacy of what the world is today. Here, as elsewhere, understanding history in an impartial and all-encompassing fashion is of fundamental importance and must be taken more seriously in the field of education.

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