» Archive for: January, 2016

Thanh Dam Truong and GGSJ Senior Researcher Karim Knio have published a jointly-authored monograph.

ESDP_24Published by Springer, the book explores recent developments, including the environmental and security dimensions of this highly contested region using critical realist approaches.

For more information, and a preview of the book, visit the publisher’s website.

GGSJ junior researcher and Phd candidate Anggun Susilo contributed to a report by the Asian Development Bank as principal researcher.

cover-mainstreaming-cdd-indonesiaThe publication, entitled “Toward Mainstreaming and Sustaining Community-Driven Development in Indonesia” is available for download on the website of the ADB.

As noted on the ADB website:

Through case studies, the study examines the ongoing transition from the government’s long-standing National Community Empowerment Program to mainstreaming through the government’s regular planning and budget allocation system through the Village Law, which was enacted in early 2014. The study summarizes important lessons learned and policy implications from the first year of Village Law implementation.

GGSJ Senior researcher, Jeff Handmaker has been presenting his research on legal mobilization at several different events.

JeffHandmakerISSIn December 2014, Handmaker and Arts were awarded a 5-year matching research grant (September 2015 – 2020) to collaborate with colleagues at the Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus Faculty of Culture and History. This led to the creation of the INFAR (Integrating Normative and Functional Approaches to the Rule of Law) project, led by ESL colleague Prof. Sanne Taekema which was launched in September 2015. The project includes a focus on legal mobilization.

An interview was also done for an article on legal mobilization and climate change for the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer.

In November 2015, Jeff co-organised a Symposium at ISS on legal mobilization with Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar to the ISS Lauren Paremoer. The event, in which the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) was a co-sponsor, involved various reflections on the theme, including contributions from GGSJ Senior Researcher Helen Hintjens as well as CIRI Senior Researcher Peter Knorringa. A report of this Symposium is available here.

On 14 January 2016, Handmaker presented on a similar theme, with a focus on corporate accountability, at the Annual Meeting (Jaarcongres) of the Dutch-Flemish Socio-Legal Studies Association and on 28 January 2016, Handmaker presented a further, related paper at the INFAR conference on “Changing Narratives of the Rule of Law: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”.


Call for papers

Workshop for young scholars: Private actors in politics and policy-making: Trespassers producing norms?
May 12, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

The CEFRES Platform workshop for young scholars, entitled Private actors in politics and policy-making: Trespassers producing norms? has announced a call for papers. The workshop is organised by the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague in cooperation with Charles University in Prague and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Prospective conference participants are welcome to apply and submit their  CV, paper title and a 500 words-long abstract to jana.vargovcikova@cefres.cz by 29 February 2016 (decision notification due: 14 March 2016).


Human rights specialist Navi Pillay will give the 2016 Mandeville lecture and receive an honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University Rotterdam

Navanethem Pillay United Nations, former High Commissioner for Human Rights. Image by UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The lecture will take place in the University Aula at the EUR Woudestein campus on 9 June 2016.

The South African human rights lawyer was United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations from 2008 to 2014. She previously served as the first non-white judge at the South African High Court, President of the Rwanda tribunal and judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Fight against inequality, injustice and violence

Honorary Supervisors Kirsten Henrard, Professor of Human Rights at the Erasmus School of Law, and senior GGSJ Researcher Karin Arts, Professor of International Law and Development from the International Institute of Social Studies, will present the honorary doctorate.

The title is being given to Pillay because of her ‘long-term fight against inequality, injustice and violence’. During her career, the South African lawyer has acted for vulnerable groups of women, minorities, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender persons.

The Mandeville lecture is an initiative from the university, the Rotterdam business community and the Erasmus Trust Fund. An official honorary doctorate is also connected to the ceremony from this year. The distinction is intended as a token of appreciation of the invited speaker’s services to society.

Previous laureates include Jean-Claude Trichet, Lilian Gonçalves and Carla Del Ponte

GGSJ Junior researcher and PhD Candidate Kim Chi Tran has discussed her research for the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group

showphoto.viewIn her blog post, Kim explains where she is in her PhD research, following an extended fieldwork visit to Mongolia, including her conceptual and methodological frameworks.

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.