Eva Brems is a professor of Human Rights Law at Ghent University. Brems studied law at the universities of Namur (candidat, 1989), Leuven (licenciaat 1992) and Harvard (LL.M. 1995). She obtained her Ph.D. from Leuven University in 1999. After one year as a lecturer at Maastricht University, she joined the Ghent University Law School in October 2000, as its first professor of Human Rights Law. At Ghent University, prof. Brems founded the Human Rights Centre, which she developed into a leading centre in the field.Among her most important projects are an ERC Starting Grant (2009-2014) on ‘Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability through Better Legal Reasoning), a BELSPO- funded Inter-University Attraction Pole project ‘The global challenge of human rights integration: toward a users’ perspective’ (2012-2017), and a Concerted Research Action (Ghent University Research Fund) on ‘Procedural Fairness in Multicultural Conflicts’ (2016-2021).
Professor Brems teaches an Advanced Course on Human Rights Law, and optional courses in Law & Gender andMulticulturalism and the Law. In addition she developed a legal clinic on human rights law.
Professor Brems is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law. She is a member of the editorial board or advisory board of Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, Human Rights & International Legal Discourse, Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht, Tegenspraak, European Journal of Human Rights, Human Rights Law Review, Belgian Review of International Law, International Journal of Children’s Rights, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Constitutional Law (Turkey).
Professor Brems has been a board member of several human rights organisations, most notably Amnesty International – Flanders (chair 2006-2010), Liga voor Mensenrechten (1998-2001), Vormen – Vlaamse Organisatie voor Mensenrechteneducatie (2000-2010), and Advocaten zonder Grenzen (2005-2007). She is currently a board member of Plan International Belgium. She was a member of the Belgian federal Chamber of Representatives 2010-2014.