Professor Paul van der Heijden

​Senior Visiting Scholar, Social Justice Expertise Center (SJEC)

Paul F. van der Heijden has made a career as a scholar, judge, arbitrator, and mediator. He served six years as president and Rector Magnificus of Leiden University and five years as Rector Magnificus of Amsterdam University.

Interested in and inspired by the quest for social justice in the Netherlands, Europe, and the world, Van der Heijden is currently professor of international labor law at Leiden University Law School. He is also president of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association, whose remit is to judge complaints about violations of human rights at work. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is a tri-partite special agency of the United Nations and is headquartered in Geneva. Van der Heijden is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of several advisory bodies, the Dutch National Socio-Economic Council among them. He also serves on the boards of a number of national and international corporations.

Professor Van der Heijden chairs the work and activities of the Social Justice Expertise Center (SJEC) which launched in May 2013.

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Recent Work

Enforcement of Fundamental Labor Rights

This policy brief provides an overview and an analysis of the major initiatives that aim to improve labor conditions in Bangladesh. It assesses the…

International Right to Strike Under Pressure

One of the fundamental principles and rights at work is the freedom of association for trade unions and employers organizations. This right is enshrined…

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