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Katrijn Vanhees

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  • Phone +32 (0)9 264 97 61
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Katrijn Vanhees' Bio

Katrijn Vanhees is a PhD Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, with a scholarship of VLIR-UOS. After finishing her studies in History at Ghent University (2011), she completed her Masters in Law (2014).

The PhD project focuses on women’s land rights in Rwanda. The research tends to investigate the underlying causes of women’s restricted access to land in Rwanda by studying the gender-based division of socio-economic power and resources in the household and the local community as a whole. In addition, it will analyze how this gender bargaining concept is approached by the Abunzi committee, the local judicial forum.

Katrijn Vanhees' Publications

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Katrijn Vanhees' Professional Positions

  • PhD Research Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, Ghent University (Dec 2014 – Nov 2017)

Katrijn Vanhees' Education

University Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (Ghent University) [2009]
  • Master of Arts in History, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy (Ghent University) [2011]
  • Master in Laws, Faculty of Law (Ghent University) [2014]
  • PhD candidate for Doctor of Laws, Doctoral School of Arts, Law and Humanities, Ghent University [2014-present]

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law, Erasmus Mundus exchange under the TRANSITION-Belgium/Flanders Fellowship Program

Katrijn Vanhees' Sideline activities/memberships

  • Affiliated with the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, University of Rwanda
Katrijn Vanhees' work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 1st Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 69 11
  • Working days: Monday - Friday
  • Office hours: 09.00 h – 17.00 h
Katrijn Vanhees' expertise
  • Land rights from a gender perspective
  • Women’s rights in Africa
  • Legal pluralism


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