» Archive for: November, 2016


Conference on International Cooperation in Human Rights and the Chinese Perspective

On 22-23 October 2016, ISS professor Karin Arts participated in a large Conference on ‘International Cooperation in Human Rights and the Chinese Perspective’ in Beijing, organized by the Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

China2Her well-received presentation on ‘China and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’ was based on the documents generated in the latest round of China’s state reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and on the data on China in the KidsRights index.

The Conference was an excellent opportunity to renew contact with ISS alumna (diploma in International Law and organization for Development) Prof. Zhua Xiaqing (left in the picture, and currently working on China and the UN) and to get to know Prof. Jiang Ziahong (right in the picture and currently working among others on human rights in EU trade policy).China1

Scepticism about the ICC

Category: Publications

10 Nov 2016

Blog Post

Scepticism about the ICC should come as no surprise

JeffHandmakerISS_smallJeff Handmaker*

On 21 October 2016, South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha announced the intention of the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

South Africa’s announcement to withdraw from the ICC was accompanied by similar announcements by Burundi and possibly Kenya to either leave or consider leaving the Assembly of State Parties, which comprises the members of the Rome Statute of the ICC. The Gambia also made clear it was intending to leave the ICC, which was all the more embarrassing as it is the country of nationality of the current ICC prosecutor.

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Stand Up Science

Category: Other news

8 Nov 2016
Arts

Prof. K. Arts

On Monday 7 November 2016 ISS Professor Karin Arts was the speaker in the Science Café (wetenschapscafé) in Rotterdam, held in bistro de Binnerotte, adjacent to the public library in the centre of Rotterdam. The science café entails an informal meeting for all people who are interested in science. No registration is necessary on the side of the audience, and no powerpoints can be used on the part of the presenters. The idea is simply to engage with each other in an informal and direct manner. The topic was introduced by an impressive and touching column (available in Dutch only) by poet/word artist Derek Otte.

After Karin’s introduction on ‘children’s rights in the world: a global challenge’ a lively discussion of about one hour followed, covering a diverse range of aspects including child refugees, the impact and feasibility of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the children’s rights record of the Netherlands, and the issue of the lack of disaggregated data on children.


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