Two researchers of the Human Rights Centre participated both as organisers and presenters. Cathérine Van de Graaf presented a paper entitled ‘Assistance of a National Equality Body to Victims of Discrimination: Procedural Justice Perceptions in the Mediation of Discrimination and Hate Speech Reports’. The focus lay on the factors that contributed to victim satisfaction with the assistance procedure of a national equality body after a discrimination report. Semi-directive interviews were used to allow interviewees to freely describe their experience with the national equality body. Tess Heirwegh presented the preliminary results of the case studies she conducted in Flemish municipalities where local authorities have developed general policies or have taken individual decisions regarding a particular multicultural issue. Through document analysis and semi-structured interviews with relevant stakeholders, she identified themes and criteria, and confronted these with procedural justice theory.
On the 10th of September, the Junior Scholar Workshop on Procedural Justice took place at Ghent University. The organisation was a joint effort of the Human Rights Centre, the faculty of Political and Social Sciences and the faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in the context of their joint research project. The aim of this event was to provide young researchers with an opportunity to present their current research and to build a network by getting acquainted with scholars who work on the topic of procedural justice. The workshop proceeded in a multidisciplinary setting with contributions from the fields of social psychology, criminology, law and political sciences. Besides this variation in disciplines, the presenting researchers made use of a great variety of methods to capture different aspects of procedural justice. The event was chaired by keynote speaker and expert in the field of procedural justice research Prof. Dr. Kees van den Bos (Utrecht University) who provided all participants with substantive feedback.