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Applications for the Critical Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights (CICCR) are open at www.hr4dev.be.

HR4DEV-logoThe course will take place in Ghent from August 28th until September 9th 2016. CICCR maps the potential and limits of a children’s rights approach towards global and local issues concerning the human rights of children. Key themes include a multidisciplinary introduction to children’s rights, contextualizing children’s rights in (local) governance, global challenges to children’s rights in a local context (including diversity, poverty, migration and health), and critical approaches to children’s rights in research, policy and practice. The preliminary programme can now be found here.

The course organizers offer a limited amount of scholarships from VLIR-UOS and UNESCO to candidates who fulfill the application criteria. Scholarship applicants are welcome to submit their application form until April 15th. The deadline for self-funded participants is May 15th. Only complete applications submitted through the website will be considered.

For more information, please refer to www.hr4dev.be.

The first issue of the 2016 volume of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, of which GGSJ Senior Researcher Professor Karin Arts is editor-in-chief, has been published.


  • Column on The EU Migration Crisis: What Next? by Thom Brooks
  • Article: Religious Organisations, Internal Autonomy and Other Religious Rights before the European Court of Human Rights and the OSCE by Sylvie Langlaude Doné
  • Article: The Functioning of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights in Practice by Lize R. Glas
  • Article: Somali Piracy and the Human Rights of Seafarers by Sofia Galani
  • New documentation: Recent Publications on International Human Rights

A brief report highlighting research ouputs and other activities by researchers attached to the ISS Research Group on Governance, Globalisation and Social Justice (GGSJ) has just been released.

The report can be downloaded here.

ISSWith regards,

GGSJ Management Team (Des, Karin and Jeff).

In March, Chad Brevis joined ISS-GGSJ as a junior visiting scholar with the EUSAID Erasmus Mundus Mobility Programme.

Symbol of the hacktivism group "anonymous"

Symbol of the hacktivism group “anonymous”

Chad is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cape Town researching political and economic disapprobation to free speech and the rise of “hacktivism” culture.

The title of his research at ISS is: Democracy and Communications in the New South Africa: Communicative Freedoms in a Digital Era

The context that has given rise to my thesis is the daily struggle between South African civil society and the South African government’s lack of accountability towards ineffective governance. I interrogate the disapprobation that the political and economic sector of South Africa has against freedom of speech.


In 2015, Professor Thea Hilhorst joined the ISS, bringing a new, NWO-funded VICI project.

Entitled “When Disasters Meet Conflict”, and supported by a team including Dr. Roanne van Voorst (post-doctoral researcher) and three PhD researchers (Rodrigo Mena; Samantha Melis and Isabelle Desportes), the programme will be run at an Institute-level, and particularly in co-operation with colleagues in the GGSJ and CIRI research groups.

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

Prof. Thea Hilhorst


More details about the programme are available on the ISS website.

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.