» Archive for: October, 2014

GGSJ Affiliated Researcher, Omar Barghouti, contributed to the New York Times opinion pages as part of a debate on recognizing a Palestinian state.


Recognition of a Palestinian State Without Full Rights Is Meaningless

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian activist and one of the founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. He is the author of “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.”

October 16, 2014  Source.

The British Parliament’s overwhelming vote to recognize a “State of Palestine” may indeed be a sign of “where the wind is blowing,” as the British ambassador to Tel Aviv has commented – a reflection of the significant erosion of public support for Israel’s regime of occupation and denial of Palestinian rights. But it should not be seen in black and white.


A new book has been published, co-edited by GGSJ researcher Professor Karin Arts (with Ambrus, Hey and Raulus) and including contributions by GGSJ researchers Dr. Jeff Handmaker and Dr. Karim Knio.

ExpertsBookAmbrus, Arts, Hey and Raulus (Eds.) The Role of ‘Experts’ in International and European Decision-Making Processes: Advisors, Decision Makers or Irrelevant Actors?, published by Cambridge University Press (2014).

Table of contents and a description of the book.

The book is the outcome of extensive collaboration between researchers of the ISS and Erasmus School of Law (ESL) within the framework of the “Rethinking the Rule of Law” Research Programme led by ESL Professor Sanne Taekema.

The ICMBS 2015: XIII International Conference on Migration and Border Studies will take place on 6-8 August 2015.


ICMBS aims to bring together leading scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Migration and Border Studies. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Migration and Border Studies.

Important Dates

Paper submissions:  6 February 2015
Notification of acceptance:  6 March 2015
Final paper submission and authors’ registration: 6 April 2015
Conference Dates:  August 6 – 7, 2015

For more information, including details of the call for submissions, go to the conference website.

GGSJ associated researcher Giulia Sinatti has published a new paper.

Sinatti, G. (2014). “Approaches to diaspora engagement in the Netherlands.” Laakso, L. and P. Hautaniemi, Eds. Diasporas, Development and Peacemaking in the Horn of Africa. London, Zed books: 190-209.

In this book chapter, Giulia Sinatti analyses diaspora engagement as a policy issue that has prominently come to the fore in Dutch development and peacebuilding thinking. This has led to many initiatives and programmes that hinge on the ideal of migrants as partners who can complement the efforts of the official development industry. In practice, however, efforts to establish collaboration and exchange with diaspora groups regularly point to migrants’ perceived lack of professionalism and to their fragmented nature as significant threats. These challenges are rooted in problematic understandings of ‘civil society’ and ‘participation’ with regard to the reality of transnational migrant groups.

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.