» Archive for: September, 2016


Jeff Handmaker, GGSJ Senior Researcher and (since 2013) Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) will take over as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal in 2017.

sajhrcoverFounded in 1985 by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and housed at the School of Law, University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg, the SAJHR is the leading and one of the oldest South African public law journals.

The SAJHR is published by Taylor & Francis (as of January 2016) and was ranked ‘1’ (first) in South Africa with a combined score of 100 and had an impact factor of 0.392 (with a 5-year impact factor of 0.36) in the Journal Citation Reports 2015.

Past issues of the Journal can currently be viewed on SABINET and on HeinOnline.

GGSJ Senior Researcher and Associate Editor of European Political Science Review (EPSR), Karim Knio will be editing a new Handbook on the International Political Economy of the State, which will be published by Edward Elgar  publishers.

The handbook will add to Elgar’s Series of Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy (edited by Benjamin J. Cohen and Matthew Watson) covering issues such as migration, agriculture and food, production, trade, monetary relations and governance.

The new Handbook, which will include prominent scholars on the topic, offers a comprehensive picture of contemporary trends within IPE in relation to the State by highlighting its specific processes of historical contextualization. Its aim is twofold: (1) to offer a traditional and coherent overview of the main theories and themes in relation to the state and IPE and (2) to do so with a degree of ingenuity.

In offering a close and thorough look at the extant conceptualizations of the State and state institutions (formal and informal), the book will also bring theoretical coherence to the field.

The handbook should be available in 2018.edward-elgar1-300x88

 

Evidence and the politics of the UK migration debate – is there hope?

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An interesting blog post was published on a session from ‘Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: Where next?’, a Symposium from the Institute for Policy Research and Centre for Development Studies (CDS) at the University of Bath, September 14-15 2016.

Highlights and recordings from the Symposium can be found here.

N.B. For discussions on European migration policies, check out a dossier compiled by The Broker that includes a co-authored contribution by GGSJ senior researcher Jeff Handmaker.

Op-Ed

Professor Thea Hilhorst gave her innaugural address at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) on 22 September 2016. This editorial, which is based on that lecture, which is available on-line, forms part of When Disasters Meet Conflict, an NWO VICI-funded research programme

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

Prof. Thea Hilhorst

President Obama recently invited a selected, high-level company of heads of states to garner more support for refugees: pledges for humanitarian assistance, better security for refugees in host societies and more space for employment and development of refugees. Although the meeting appeared to be a ritual with fewer pledges than hoped for, and quite a lot of these consisting of repackaged old commitments or new promises that may be or may not be upheld. The significance of the meeting was partly found in its agenda, that rightly connects questions of refugees, rights and development. Fostering the resilience of refugees requires space to secure their livelihoods and protection.

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ul_logo_printStarting in October 2016, this monthly speaker series will feature renowned Dutch and  international socio-legal scholars.

Each speaker will give an hour long lecture about their own social-legal research in which specific attention will be paid to the use of socio-legal research methods.

One of the featured speakers is GGSJ Senior Researcher Jeff Handmaker.

The Leiden Socio-Legal Lecture Series is part of the multidisciplinary research profile area Interaction between Legal Systems.

Click “more” for an overview of the lectures (can be subject to change): More

showphoto.viewDes Gasper, GGSJ Senior Researcher, was interviewed by the JICA Research Institute in Japan

The video of this interview, which provides an overview of Professor Gasper’s longstanding research in the area of human security analysis, is available for viewing at this link.

 


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.