» Archive for: November, 2015

On 25 November 2015, GGSJ Senior Researcher Dr. Jeff Handmaker moderated a Hague Talks event at the Museon in The Hague.

hague-talksEntitled Ecocide: the Fifth International Crime against Peace?, speakers in this event included Humberto Piaguaje, Chief of Ecuador’s Secoya indigenous tribe; Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Attorney and recipient of the Goldman Prize and CNN Heroes Award; Daniela Palacios, an International dispute resolution lawyer and Michael Baumgartner of Greenpeace Switzerland.


Lecture & Discussion


MaldivesThursday, 26 November 2015

16:15-17:30 hrs

Rm. 3:42 @ ISS

Speaker:    JJ Robinson

Author of the newly released Hurst publication: The Maldives: Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy

Mr. Robinson is a Fulbright Fellow with a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. From 2009 to 2013, he worked in the Maldives heading the one English language media outlet in the country, a well-positioned seat to observe first-hand the Maldives’ democratic transition experience.

Mr. Robinson he has lectured widely on the Maldives democratic transition at universities in the US, UK and Australia, the last one at SOAS, London.

Discussant: Dr. Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits, Research Associate, GGSJ

Chair:          Aishath Velezinee, PhD Researcher, GGSJ


wdw_logo_for_web_blueYou are invited to attend two exhibitions taking place at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.

Each  exhibition will be accompanied by discussions. See more information below, or click here.


On 25 November 2015 (10.30 – 12 pm), GGSJ (PhD) researcher Velezinee Aisath will participate in a panel discussion at the Hague Institute for Global Justice

IGJ logo JPGThe speakers, which also include Mr. JJ Robinson (journalist and author) and Mr. Adrian Neville (photographer and author), will discuss the continuing challenges faced by the Maldives in relation to democratic transition.

Dr. Lyal Sunga, Head of the Rule of Law program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, will moderate the discussion.

More information available here.

This column by GGSJ Senior Researcher, Professor Des Gasper, entitled ‘Climate Change Analyses: Precautionary? Principled?‘ is part of a Global Policy e-book


Entitled Climate Change and Human Rights: The 2015 Paris Conference and the Task of Protecting People on a Warming Planet, the e-book is edited by Marcello Di Paola and Daanika and will be released in November 2015.

Find out more here or join the debate on Twitter using #GPclimatechange

On 9 November 2015, GGSJ Researcher Ward Warmerdam successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the ISS.

Ward_Warmedam_02With the title “Having, Giving, Taking: Understanding China’s Development Cooperation in Africa“, Dr. Warmerdam argued his thesis, which was supervised by Professor Mohamed Salih, Professor Max Spoor and Dr. Arjan de Haan, on how China has emerged as an important development actor on the continent. As noted in the abstract to his thesis:

In the last decade or so China has re-emerged as an important actor in the international development cooperation arena at a time when development cooperation was undergoing reflection and critical revaluations in many traditional donor countries. The academic and policy debate on China’s re-emergence as a donor has been divided between proponents who saw a new hope for the developing world, where lessons for the developing world could be drawn. Opponents or critics, on the other hand, posed a critical stand against China’s non-adherence to the common standards, principles and practices of traditional donors considered fruits of decades long international development experience.
However, despite a myriad of publications on China international development policy and practice, much is still needed to fully grasp its architecture.

The Management Team of GGSJ heartily congratulates Dr. Warmerdam on his successful defence and wishes him all the very best in his future career!

logo_enGGSJ Junior (PhD) researcher Kim Chi Tran participated in the 3rd Children’s Rights Research Symposium that took place between 14-15 October 2015 at the University of Antwerp.

The Symposium involved a small group of 33 researchers. Two-thirds of the group were PhD candidates, the rest were lecturers and professors, some of whom were members of the CREAN group. More than half were embedded within various legal studies and/or had been trained in these fields — especially the more senior academics. The rest were people from various disciplines in social sciences.

This diverse group was a reflection of the objective of the symposium which was focused on situating Children’s Rights Studies as an interdisciplinary field. Within this context, several interesting and engaging discussions took place. This blog briefly touches on a few conversations that have stayed with me and continue to be turned over in my mind although the conference has long passed. These were the exchanges about the tensions between academic research and activism, the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and the malleability of participatory research and its implications.

The conference was also an opportunity to explore how to share my research project and its progress in the form of a poster.

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GGSJ Senior Researcher and Professor of International Law and Development Karin Arts was recently appointed for a third (and thus last) term as a member of the Human Rights Committee  of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV).

The AIV is a prestigious independent body which advises the Dutch government and parliament on a broad range of aspects of foreign policy, including human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration.

Arts_AIVIn 2014-2015 Karin was co-chair of an AIV working group that prepared an advice on the future of the relations between the European Union and countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (the ACP states). The resulting advisory report ACP-EU Cooperation after 2020: Towards a New Partnership? (March 2015) is available in Dutch, English and French.


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.