» Archive for: April, 2016

Managing change in the security and justice sector in fragile situations is politically sensitive and incredibly complex: it interferes with the foundations of power, is politically contested at both ends of the development partnership, and potentially challenges the interests of established social and political elites.”

African militaries security servicesImproving Security and Justice Programming in Fragile Situations: Better Political
Engagement, more Change Management,”  a report  written by Erwin van Veen and originally posted by Clingendael Institute, draws on practices and experiences from nine security and justice programmes in four different countries: Burundi, Guatemala, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste. It highlights what has worked and what has not worked in the design and implementation of these programs and provides clear advice to policy-makers on what can work and what is needed to scale up elements that have worked.


Recommended reading originally posted by TransConflict. Book review of Michael M. Gunter’s “Out of Nowhere. The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War” (London: Hurst and Co., 2014, 169pp.), By Rene Wadlow, President and a Representative to the United Nations, Geneva of the Association of World Citizens.


As negotiations began at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva on 14 March, it is useful to look at who are the negotiation parties present, but also who is not at the table. The Islamic State (ISIS) and the Salafist Jabhat al-Nusra are not there at this stage but their absence will not be regretted by many. More troublesome for the future is the formal absence of the Syrian Kurds.

During the current “fog of war”, it is difficult to see what forms of cooperation will be developed among the Kurdish areas of Syria, Iraq, Turkey and possibly Iran. There have been talks in Switzerland among Kurdish leaders of the four countries. What is sure, is that the Syrian Kurds will not return to “nowhere”.”

“My Nazi Legacy”

Category: Events

16 Apr 2016

Date: Tuesday, 19 April from 17h30–20h30

Place: The Lighthouse of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. 

A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, “My Nazi Legacy” is an extraordinary, prize-winning documentary written by the renowned international lawyer Philippe Sands, about the two elderly sons of prominent officials in Nazi Germany.  It is a chilling demonstration of how the poison of the past can live in the bloodstream of the present.Unknown

The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Hague University of Applied Sciences are pleased to invite you to the first screening in the Netherlands of “My Nazi Legacy ” on Tuesday, 19 April from 17h30–20h30 at The Lighthouse of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The screening of the film will be followed by a 30-min public discussion featuring Professor Philippe Sands and Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues and Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute. Registration required. 


85288Recommended reading by Yulia Ioffe originally posted in Border Criminologies. Book review of Terrorism and Exclusion from Refugee Status in the UK: Asylum Seekers Suspected of Serious Criminality 

Terrorism and Exclusion from Refugee Status in the UK by Sarah Singer provides the first comprehensive and now more timely than ever account of the legality, both under international law and domestically in the UK, of denying refugee protection to suspected terrorists. The book examines whether and how ‘terrorism’ has featured in the UK’s interpretation and application of the Refugee Convention’s ‘exclusion clause’.

Museon 20 April 2016, 14.30 – 16.00 pmGoal-16-mh075db3ncu8ulj722z9pyb6gtjhc3kpvsosx96gbq

On 20 April, the official day of 70th Anniversary celebrations, Vice-President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf  (Somalia) of the International Court of Justice will be marking this milestone by offering his thoughts on the future of the World Court. His personal Talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with our audience. A unique opportunity to break down barriers for a constructive dialogue.

Make sure you reserve a seat as space is limited. register@haguetalks.com Re: ICJ70 20 April

Remembering the victims of the Rwandan genocideRwanda-580x330

Recommended article by Jean de Dieu Basabose, originally posted in TransConflict.

22 years after the 1994 genocide, Rwandans are continuing to mark the occasion and keep the memory of an event which cost more than 800,000 human lives.

The 22nd commemoration ceremonies of the genocide, entitled “Kwibuka 22”, have kicked-off. For Jean de Dieu Basabose, an Insight on Conflict’s Local Correspondent in Rwanda, the annual commemoration  “is necessary and significantly contributes to the healing and reconciliation process in Rwanda. When it is effectively organised, it creates spaces for community members to remember their past, regret shameful acts of killings in their villages, support one another in the process of healing their wounds, and acknowledge the bravery and humanity of those who rescued their fellow Rwandans. It is a means of showing solidarity and allowing people to share their visions for a peaceful Rwandan society”.

How to prevent war?

Category: Events| Opportunities

16 Apr 2016

Cartoon Competition, Show me your peace. images

In April 2016, the International Court of Justice marks its 70th anniversary.  To mark the ICJ’s birthday,
HagueTalks is launching a competition that invites you to share thoughts on peace and peaceful settlements of disputes. What is your solution to prevent wars?

Put your idea in a tweet, photo, drawing, essay, snapchat, video, blog, podcast, song or poem. Winners will receive an art print of the cartoon based on their idea, which will be part of a global exhibition and dialogue on peace. Sent your submissions to info@hegueproject.com or tweet with the hashtag #haguepeacejustice before March 31. 



Date: 6-10 June 2016

Unknown-4The Hague Academy of Local Governance (THA)  in collaboration with The African Diaspora Policy Center (ADPC) will be holding the third Diaspora Academy Peacebuilding Workshop, which aims to widen and to strengthen the peace building capacities of diaspora organisations so that their activities contributing to peace and social stability in their countries of origin will become more effective and enduring. Please see the announcement document for more information.

Interested participants should send through their CV and a
cover letter to Maren Renner at:m.renner@diaspora-centre.org, no later
than 17th of April 2016.


The new criminal powers

Category: Publications

16 Apr 2016
New Criminal Powers rep cover

Source: Gladys Martínez López / Flickr

Treating organized crime and corruption as a ‘cancer’ or a ‘virus’ has become shorthand in international policy circles. It is used as a diagnosis to explain how countries as diverse as Mali, Ukraine or Mexico have fallen under the influence of criminal rackets that exercise control over certain state bodies, politicians, judges, police forces or territory.

The new criminal powers: the spread of illicit links to politics and how it can be tackled,” a  new Clingendael Institute’s Conflict Research Unit publication, explores how illicit activity has become progressively more embedded in societies and in states, neutering efforts to coordinate international campaigns against corruption and crime.



Resisting the Politics of Othering in Dutch Research, NGO Practice and Policy

Date: 8 June 2016Unknown
Location: Paleiskerk, Paleisstraat 8, The Hague

politicized in the Netherlands and abroad, and what could be the best strategies of resistance?How are discussions and work on Gender Based Violence

This symposium, a joint initiative organised by ISS/EUR and Partos, aims  at creating a space for an open and constructive discussion on the politicized framing of GBV and strategies to deal with this. Professor Rema Hammami, Prince Claus Chair holder 2005-2006, will share her insights on the politicized framing of GBV, followed by discussions with researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in the field of gender in national and international development. For more information visit the event  website


International Institute of Social Studies

Conflict and Peace Studies is a specialization within the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Conflict and Peace Studies teaching team.

  • seller: It's truly very complex in this busy life to listen news on Television, thus I just use the web for [...]
  • 44974hhi@eur.nl: Dear Hershel, Thank you for your comment. [...]
  • Hershel: Undeniably consider that which yyou stated. Your favourite reason seemed to be onn the neet the si [...]
  • 44974hhi@eur.nl: Dear Mohamed, The “Waging Peace” Conference 2016 is being organized by the Dale Center for the [...]
  • dr mohamed: please add my name for this conferenace Waging Peace” Conference 2016 [...]