UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace (761), established in 2007 at The University of Maastricht (The Netherlands).


Human rights and peace.


  • To promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of human rights and peace.
  • It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe and North America, and in other regions of the world.
  • The purpose of this Chair shall also be to contribute to strengthening teaching, research, transfer and dissemination of knowledge and capacity-building in the field of human rights, in particular social, economic and cultural rights.
  • The Chair explicitly aims at giving fresh impetus to new research themes that are challenging, relevant from society oriented perspective and interdisciplinary.

Host Institution

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Social and Human Sciences.


Dr Fons Coomans, The University of Maastricht
UNESCO Chairholder

E-mail: Fons.Coomans(at)
Work Phone - (043) 388-2060/3265
Fax - (043) 388-4887
Street - Postbus 616,
City - Maastricht
Postal Code - 6200 MD
Country - The Netherlands