This booklet contains the text of the first lecture in Intersentia's Theo van Boven Lecture Series. The lectures in this series are organized annually by the Maastricht Center for Human Rights, as a tribute to Theo van Boven, emeritus Professor of International Law at Maastricht University, and formerly Director of the UN Division of Human Rights, member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and UN Special Rapporteur against Torture.
Each year, the Center invites a prominent scholar to share with the audience her/his views on a topical issue in the field of human rights. The themes covered by the speakers reflect the wide range of interests of Theo van Boven.
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