» Archive for: May, 2013

newlsalogoGGSJ member, Jeff Handmaker, participated in 2 sessions at the 2013 annual meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA) in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

The meeting was attended by hundreds of socio-legal scholars from around the world.

Details of the meeting are available here.

A searchable programme is available here.

ShyamikaOn 23 May 2013, GGSJ researcher Ms Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits successfully defended her PhD thesis.

Entitled “In Pursuit of Hegemony: Politics and State Building in Sri Lanka”, the public defence was chaired by Professor dr Marc Wuyts.

Dr. Jayasundara-Smits will continue being affiliated to the GGSJ programme.

For more information and photos of the event, click here.

photo by ONE DROP Foundation (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

photo by ONE DROP Foundation (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Project Leader: Karim Knio

The apocryphal statement ‘Don’t waste a good crisis’ suggests that crises, for many observers, have multiple dimensions.

Apart from signalling a rupture in established patterns of behaviour, crises also provide opportunities for change and improvement. Recognising the combination of various elements of crisis, scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds have analysed the genesis, unfolding and impact of crises. Historians, sociologists, political scientists, economists and scholars of international relations have contributed to helping us understand the various facets of the crisis concept.

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im_syracuse-maxwellGGSJ Researchers Wil Hout and Karim Knio are in the USA at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as part of the Atlantis Transatlantic Degree Program in International Security and development policy


Springer has made it possible to publish research in journals, and a selected number of books, on an Open Access basis.

This greatly increases the availability and visibility of researchers’ output. Here is the link to the available journals and books that are freely available for download, organised on the basis of discipline and area:  http://link.springer.com/

Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2013

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies have the pleasure to invite you to the Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2013:

Irene KhanFrom the Rule of Law to a Culture of Justice: a Practitioner’s Challenge to Policy Thinkers

by Irene Khan

Thursday 6 June 2013, 16.00 hrs

Klein Auditorium, Academy Building, Leiden University

Rapenburg 73, Leiden


The Globalization of NATO: The Roadmap to “Post 9/11 Madness”

Review of “The Globalization of NATO” by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya by David Swanson

Global Research, September 10, 2012

To your average educated careful consumer of U.S. news media, our militarism looks like ad hoc reactionary responses. A crisis flairs up here. We “intervene” there. An irrational foreign dictator threatens the peace over yonder. We get into wars because we have no choice, and then continue them because ending them would be somehow even worse than continuing them.

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International Institute of Social Studies

The Governance, Globalization and Social Justice research programme aims to produce internationally leading, socially committed and societally relevant research outcomes on issues of governance from an explicitly social justice perspective. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.