Kristin Henrard is professor minority protection at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) as well as associate professor Constitutional Law. She teaches human rights, minority protection, constitutional law, and introduction to public law. She is also co-teaching (with a colleague of the philosophy department) a course in the Honours program of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam more particularly on Minorities, Law and Morals.

From February 2005 to May 2010 she worked on her VIDI- project which was granted by the Dutch Council for Scientific Research regarding the implications for minority protection of the Race Directive.

In 2008 she established the Minority Research Network which has an ever growing global and interdisciplinary membership.

Furthermore, Kristin Henrard is editor of the Netherlands International Law Review, of the Global Review of Ethnopolitics, of the International Journal on Group and Minority Rights and of European Autonomy and Diversity Papers (EDAP). She is the co-editor of the Brill Series on Group and Minority Rights.

Between March 2005 and March 2010 she was member of The Young Academy of theDutchAcademyof Science.

Kristin Henrard studied law at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, with special focus on human rights and international law. She graduated magna cum laude in 1994 and obtained an LLM degree atHarvardLawSchoolin 1995 during which she further specialised in human rights and humanitarian law. Between 1995 and 1999 she conducted doctoral research and took her doctorate at the Catholic University of Leuven on 17 September 1999. During these years she also worked (for a period of 6 months) at the Constitutional Court of South Africa as researcher for Judge Kriegler and monitored the South African constitutional negotiations in 1996 for the Flemish Government.

Her main publications pertain to the areas of human rights and minority protection. Themes she has been focusing on include educational rights, linguistic rights, the principle of equal treatment and the prohibition of (racial) discrimination, the freedom of religion and the accommodation of religious diversity, socio-economic and political participation.

Key publications include K. Henrard, The Ambiguous Relationship between Religious Minorities and Fundamental (Minority) Rights, Boom Eleven International 2011, 124 p.; K. Henrard, ‘Tracing visions on integration and/of minorities: an analysis of the supervisory practice of the FCNM’, International Community Law Review 2011, 333-360; K. Henrard, ‘Minority specific rights: a protection of religious minorities going beyond the freedom of religion?’, European Yearbook on Minority Issues 2009 (but appeared only in 2011), 5-44; K. Henrard, ‘Boosting Positive Action: the Asymmetrical Approach towards Non-discrimination and Special Minority Rights’, Heidelberg Journal of International Law 2011, 379-418; K. Henrard, ‘The EU, Double Standards and Minority Protection: A Double Redefinition and Future Prospects’,  in K. Henrard (ed.), Double Standards pertaining to Minority Protection: a critical and multi-dimensional re-appraisal, Brill 2010, 21-70; K. Henrard, ‘The First Substantive ECJ Judgement on the Racial Equality Directive: A Strong Message in a Conceptually Flawed, and Responsively Weak Bottle’, Jean Monnet Working Paper 09/09, 41 p; K. Henrard, ‘A patchwork of ‘successful’ and ‘missed’ synergies in the jurisprudence of the ECHR’, in K. Henrard & R. Dunbar (eds.), Synergies in Minority Protection, Cambridge University Press, 2008, 314-364.


Previously, Henrard worked at theUniversityofGroningenfrom September 1999 until May 2007, from 2003 as Associate Professor. She was teaching human rights, minority protection, asylum law and constitutional law. During her four years of doctoral research at the Catholic University of Leuven she also taught tutorials of Constitutional Law.