Research on legal mobilization

Category: Programme updates

20 Jan 2016

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”.


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