Jenny Goldschmidt is now emeritus professor in human rights at Utrecht University. She has been working in the field of (comparative) constitutional and administrative law at Leyden University (where she got her PhD in 1981: “National and Indigenous Constitutional law in Ghana”). She specialised in human rights and in particular gender and law. She held Chairs in gender and law at both Utrecht and Leyden University and served in many committees and boards in this field, both in the Netherlands and in the EU and UN.
In 1994 she became President of the Equal treatment Commission in the Netherlands, where she served the maximum of two terms, until 2003. In 2004 she became professor in Human rights Law and later Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at Utrecht University until her retirement in 2014. She is member of the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva) and of several Boards of organisations working in the field of human rights, disability rights etcetera. She published many articles and books.