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Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality
16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference

Call for Papers Deadline: 15.01.2015


9am – 5pm, Saturday 7 March 2015
Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham

We would like to announce that the deadline for the call for papers for the 16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality has been extended to Thursday 15 January 2015.   More

GGSJ Senior researchers Karin Arts and Jeff Handmaker at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), together with colleagues at the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) and the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC),  have been awarded a significant research grant

This five-year research project, led by ESL Professor Sanne Taekema and entitled Integrating Functional and Normative Approaches to Rule of Law and Human Rights, involves 10 principal researchers located at the three EUR faculties mentioned above. The project will support 2 postdoc positions, 4 visiting professors (including Kim Lane Scheppele of Princeton University) and a number of conferences and expert meetings.

GGSJ Researchers at the UN

Category: Other news

17 Dec 2014

Professors Oduwole and Arts contributed to UN event on the Right to Development

ohchr-logoOn 2 December 2014, GGSJ researchers Prince Claus Chair Professor Jumoke Oduwole and ISS Professor Karin Arts were in Geneva, Switzerland as invited speakers at an event organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

This event, Sustainable Development with Dignity and Justice for All – Realizing the Right to Development for Present and Future Generations, commemorated the 28th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development.

More information on the ISS website.

GGSJ Junior Researcher and PhD Candidate, Fulgêncio Lucas Seda, has published a new paper on migration issues

Fulgencio_Seda-Tim_Leguijt_Fotografie-004-1474_176x264The article, ‘Contradictory meanings of border in Ressano Garcia community’, appears in Volume 1(2) (2014) of the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.


Whereas security has evolved extensively from its traditional role (national defence) to include the protection of individuals, the war on terror has resulted in dissonance between human security and border control, particularly in post-colonial countries. This paper focuses on Ressano Garcia border community (in the southern part of Mozambique) as a case study and analyses discourses from different actors using critical discourse analysis. Departing from the argument that sovereignty-oriented border control is detrimental to the negotiability of security between the state and cross-border communities, the study finds that, the state’s concept of the border is driven by the protection of national security, while local populations understand the role and meanings of the border from a different perspective (that is, as a socio-economic and cultural set of opportunities). This places the state’s perceptions of human mobility, migration management and border control in direct conflict with human security-based border control that sovereignty-oriented border control is detrimental to the negotiability of state security with human aspects of border control.

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.