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DIHR

Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Danish Institute for Human Rights, established in 1987, is Denmark’s national human rights institution and equality body mandated to monitor the human rights situation in Denmark and to advise the Parliament, government and private actors on human rights and equal treatment. DIHR’s mandate includes reporting of the human rights situation in Denmark as well as analysis and research in human rights topics, nationally and internationally. The Institute is mandated to promote coordination of and support to civil society organisations, to carry out education and information on human rights and to contribute to the national and international implementation of human rights. DIHR is one of the world’s largest National Human Rights Institutions with more than 100 staff members representing a wide range of disciplines and experiences, many of whom are renowned experts within their field, e.g. human rights and religion, family life, citizenship, practices of the European Court of Human Rights, counterterrorism and human rights, prisoners’ human rights, human rights in China, human rights and business, and human rights implications of ICT use. DIHR’s researchers represent a variety of disciplines. Core areas of research expertise include national, European and international human rights standards and mechanisms, human rights and development, democracy, cultural context and civil participation, and the rule of law. DIHR has been involved in a large number of funded projects, academic as well as policy- oriented research projects. Funding agencies include: the European Commission (DG justice, DG social affairs, AIDCO, among others), EU Fundamental Rights Agency, FRAlnet, FRAlex, Raxen, the Danish Foreign Ministry (Danida) the Danish Research Councils, and private organisations. DIHR has worked with both the Danish Parliament and the European Parliament. DIHR is a member of many national and international networks, e.g. co-chairing the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI).

GENERAL INFO

Dr. Eva Maria Lassen, senior researcher, holds a Ph.D. in History and is an expert on religious freedom, the history of human rights in different cultures, and the balance between respect for cultural and religious diversity and the promotion and protection of universal human rights. She is member of the Board of Administrators of the European Inter-University Centre of Human Rights and Democratisation, EIUC, and national director of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, E.MA. She has extensive research management experience, serving as Research Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights from 2007 – 2012. Dr. Rikke Frank Jørgensen, special consultant, has worked in the field of ICT and human rights for more than ten years, e.g. as adviser to the Danish Delegation to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), as co-coordinator of the WSIS Human Rights Caucus comprising more than 60 civil society groups, and as board member in Digital Rights (Denmark), European Digital Rights, EDRI, and Privacy International. She has published extensively in this field. Dr. Peter Vedel Kessing, senior researcher at DIHR, is a leading scholar within the field of armed conflict, security, counter-terrorism and human rights. He is a member of the Danish National Preventive Mechanism visiting places of detention (OPCAT), and national expert to the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture. Dr. Erik André Andersen is senior researcher and a member of the Board of Directors of DIHR. He is Danish member of the Management Board of the EU COST Programme IS 0705. His research focuses on human rights and development, and human rights indicators. Mr. Christoffer Badse, LLM, is head of DIHR’s Monitoring Unit, a team of lawyers specialised in monitoring mechanisms and reporting, and has extensive knowledge on domestic human rights and implementation issues. He has advised parliament and ministries on a broad range of challenges as well as conveyed expert views to international mechanisms.  Ms. Kristine Yigen, senior advisor and programme coordinator on the Institute’s Programme om International Systems and National Human Rights Institutions,  has extensive international experience in the implementation of human rights programmes. She has worked with donor policies and coordination, including EU development aid, for more than 10 years as well as with the role of national human rights institutions in an international human rights framework.

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Eva Maria Lassen

Senior Researcher, Research

Key Qualifications
Research in the relationship between human rights and religion; human rights and Jewish, Christian and Muslim values; in particular the focus area for the research in this field is where religious traditions collide or seem to be in conflict with modern human rights; this applies for instance vis-à-vis women’s rights and the position of women according to norms found within the monotheistic religious traditions; the relationship between religious freedom and other rights; religious freedom and Islam; the history of human rights; culture and human rights; the universality of human rights. Wide-ranging experience of interdisciplinary research cooperation with scholars from other disciplines, in particular law. Extensive teaching experience.

Extensive experience with management and research management in capacity of Research Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights since 2007-2012.

Main Research Interests
Human rights in history; religions and human rights.


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Kristine Yigen

Senior Adviser and Coordinator for International systems and national human rights institutions, Education

Strategic driver and focal point for DIHR’s global work with international systems and national human rights institutions, including the international coordinating committee and the regional network of national human rights institutions.


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Peter Vedel Kessing

Senior Researcher, Research

Key Qualifications
Peter Vedel Kessing is a human rights lawyer with 20 years of professional experience gained from employment at various organizations including government agencies, a district court, several NGOs (RCT and the Danish Red Cross), the parliamentary ombudsman, an international organization (UNHCR) and an independent national human rights institution – The Danish Institute for Human Rights – where he is now employed as senior researcher.
Peter Vedel Kessing has been working with human rights issues for more than 15 years and has an in-depth knowledge on asylum and refugee legislation and practice, both academically and professionally. He has worked intensively, and on Ph. D level, with international standards on arbitrary detention; torture, inhumane and degrading treatment; and international law on terrorism. Moreover, he is member of a number of national and international expert committees on torture and terrorism.
Peter Vedel Kessing has worked as a consultant since 1997 in EU candidate countries at the time (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Albania), Asian countries (China, Nepal, Vietnam, Bangladesh) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), Honduras and Sierra Leone providing technical and legal advice in all project phases – from the design and planning phases to the evaluation and monitoring phases. He is an expert on human rights standards in the relation to criminal justice system, including international standards against torture and on arbitrary detention and fair trial. He is also a specialist in International Humanitarian Law standards, the convergence between international humanitarian law and human rights law.
Furthermore, Peter Vedel Kessing has participated in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of international projects on human rights and prevention of torture. He has managed a broad range of projects and evaluated legislation, policies, institutions and education programmes.

Main Research Interests
Peter Vedel Kessing’s main research interest is on security and counter-terrorism, international human rights and international humanitarian law with a specific focus on the right to freedom from torture, arbitrary detention and the right to life.


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Erik André Andersen

Senior Researcher, Research

Key Qualifications

  • History and society in Russia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, especially the Baltic states and the Balkans
  • Economic and political reforms in transitional societies
  • Economic Geography
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Human Rights Indicators
  • Regional civil society networks
  • International Criminal Courts
  • Global Public Goods
  • Flow of Justice Concept
  • UN Human Rights Council
  • Economy and Human Rights

Main Research Interests

  • Economy and Human Rights
  • Human Rights Indicators
  • International Criminal Courts (currently not in operation)

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Christoffer Badse

Chief Consultant, Monitoring

Overall strategic coordination of the national activities in the area of monitoring and reporting.


Dr. Hans-Otto Sano

Dr. Hans-Otto Sano is Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and a leading scholar in Human Rights and Development. He was at leave from the Danish Institute in the period 2010 – September 2013, where he worked at the World Bank as Senior Program Officer. While working at the World Bank,. Hans-Otto Sano worked at the Nordic Trust Fund in order to promote knowledge and learning on human rights within the World Bank. His research comprises subjects like human rights indicators, human rights-based approaches, governance, and livelihoods. He is presently involved in a larger research project on human rights and extreme poverty.


Kristoffer Marslev

Kristoffer Marslev has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Copenhagen (completed in 2011), an MSc in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (completed in 2012) and an MSc in Political Science from University of Copenhagen (completed in 2014). During his studies, he has specialized in the fields of international development policy, economic development and quantitative methods. Between his studies, Kristoffer has gained work experience as, among other things, a consultant in the private sector and as a researcher at an independent media organization doing investigative journalism on the human rights impact of private companies.