Frank Elbers

Frank Elbers is an independent researcher. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at Lebanese American University in Beirut in the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, where he taught courses on gender, human rights and social justice, and conducted research on gender norms and on regional compliance with human rights norms in the Middle East. headshot-frank-elbersHe is a guest editor of a special issue of Analize-Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies (forthcoming in spring 2019) and is currently conducting research on civil society organisations in Romania, and doing comparative research on gender quota as a tool to increase political representation of women in Lebanon and Romania. Currently, he is also a member of Advisory Board of Horizon2020 project ETHOS: Towards a European Theory of Justice and Fairness ( and the Chairperson of the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe Network (

Elbers has published various book chapters on human rights, citizenship, education, migration, and women’s human rights. He co-authored a book on anti-immigrant parties in Western Europe (Racistische partijen in West-Europa: Tussen nationale traditie en Europese samenwerking, with prof. Meindert Fennema, 1993). He now publishes regularly in Romanian academic journals like Analele Universităţii din Bucureşti. Seria Ştiinţe Politice and the Review of Comparative International Management. Elbers has more than 25 years of experience in human rights and transitional justice in Southeastern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. From 1998-2015 he was the Director of Programmes and Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), an international NGO. He has also served a consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF, and for UNIFEM (predecessor of UN Women) on strategies for violence against women, implementation of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women), and the Beijing +5 review process, and was a member of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action from 2008-2015. In 1994 he organised the educational project and photo exhibition “România în vremea holocaustului. Destinul evreilor si al romilor” at the National Theatre in Bucharest.