Prof. Barbara M. Oomen


Barbara Oomen is dean of the University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University’s Liberal Arts and Sciences College in Middelburg. She also holds a chair in the Sociology of Human Rights at Utrecht University.


From 2007 onwards, Prof. Oomen chaired the Netherlands Platform on Human Rights Education. With Marloes Vrolijk, she wrote the booklet ‘Inspiration for Human Rights Education’ (in Dutch). She is the project leader of a large-scale education and research project to stimulate education for global citizenship, Going Glocal, and has published on education for global citizenship in higher education. In addition to this, she supervises a number of PhD projects on human rights education.


Apart from her work in the field of human rights education, prof. Oomen teaches and does research on a number of topics related to human rights in context. She teaches topics like ‘Law, Society and Justice’, ‘Origins and Implementation of Human Rights’, ‘Law and Cultural Diversity’ and ‘Human Rights in Practice’. Her research focuses on human rights in the Netherlands – a book titled ‘Rights for Others; the slow home-coming of human rights in the Netherlands’ came out with Cambridge University Press in 2014. She currently does research on human rights cities, on which she has published a number of articles, and is currently working on an edited volume due to come out with Cambridge in 2016. Previous research focused on transitional justice, legal pluralism and  law and cultural diversity.


Prof. Oomen is a member of the Advisory Board of the Netherlands Human Rights Institute, and a member of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. In the past she was a member of the Netherlands Constitutional Review Commission, the Commission on Human Rights of the Advisory Council on International Affairs and the Scientific Commission of the Netherlands UNESCO Commission, next to a wide variety of other societal functions.


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