Clara Burbano Herrera receives prestigious European grant

(17-03-2022) The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Professor Clara Burbano Herrera, who specialises in human rights, an ERC grant. The goal of the ERC is to support top researchers from anywhere in the world.

This year, no less than four staff members of Ghent University receive an ERC grant. Professor Clara Burbano Herrera of the Faculty of Law and Criminology and affiliated to the Human Rights Centre has also been awarded a grant.

Burbano Herrera conducts research on so-called 'urgent measures' (UM), granted by international human rights bodies to protect persons in a situation of extreme gravity and urgency, for example when someone's right to life, integrity or health is at risk of being violated. Just think of living conditions of prisoners in some countries.


With the ambitious research project IMPACTUM, Burbano Herrera aims to assess from an interdisciplinary perspective the impact of urgent measures in protecting at-risk detainees in six Latin-American countries.

Previous studies on urgent measures have focused on the procedural legal aspects. But what about the practical, financial and political constraints that hinder the implementation of urgent measures?

By studying the full context in which urgent measures are applied, IMPACTUM aims to develop a 'critical normative impact framework' useful to provide a deeper theoretical analysis, as well as insight into how to formulate urgent measures to maximise their practical protective effects.

IMPACTUM will thus uncover and present new knowledge on emerging issues with urgent measures that are currently unaddressed in academia and in practice.

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