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Annual Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

On Friday, 4 November 2016 AT 1:30 P.M. Raadzaal, Utrecht University, Achter Sint Peter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht

Speakers: Prof. Karin Arts on Revitalizing the Right to Development in International Law; Prof. Koen de Feyter on The Right to Development: A Treaty and Its Discontents

The printed version of the papers is available for non-members by applying to press@asser.nl. Coffee and tea will be available from 12:30 P.M. onwards. At 5:00 P.M. the biennial François Prize will be awarded.

A version of this paper was published in the Netherlands International Law Review (2016).

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to attend the meeting, you are kindly requested to register in advance at info@knvir.org.


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

On 8 July 2016, GGSJ Researcher Mohammed Omer Almoghayer successfully defended his doctoral thesis at the Paleiskerk in The Hague.

Omer_promotionteamWith the title Beyond factionalism: cultural and children’s programs on Palestinian satellite television Dr. Omer Almoghayer argued his thesis, which was supervised by Professor Karin Arts (ISS), Professor Dick Douwes (EUR) and Dr. Helen Hintjens, on the production of Palestinian satellite television in the contemporary era. As noted in the abstract to his thesis:

it interrogates the ways in which factors beyond simple factional politics come to impact the creation of cultural and children’s programming even in the highly charged political environment of the Palestinian territories. Combining close content analysis with qualitative, in depth producer interviews, the dissertation argues that overtly factional media outlets are subject to the technological, social, and economic motivations and limitations theorized by Julie D’Acci, Herbert Ganz, Todd Gitlin, and others. In particular, changes in audience reach and production techniques, the evolution of Israeli occupation, and the emergence of a new discourse of ‘Palestinianism’ have impacted programming in ways that temper the role of pure factional politics and propaganda.

The Management Team of GGSJ heartily congratulates Dr. Omer Almoghayer on his successful defence and wishes him all the very best in his future career!



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

On 25 November 2015, GGSJ Senior Researcher Dr. Jeff Handmaker moderated a Hague Talks event at the Museon in The Hague.

hague-talksEntitled Ecocide: the Fifth International Crime against Peace?, speakers in this event included Humberto Piaguaje, Chief of Ecuador’s Secoya indigenous tribe; Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Attorney and recipient of the Goldman Prize and CNN Heroes Award; Daniela Palacios, an International dispute resolution lawyer and Michael Baumgartner of Greenpeace Switzerland.


Lecture & Discussion


MaldivesThursday, 26 November 2015

16:15-17:30 hrs

Rm. 3:42 @ ISS

Speaker:    JJ Robinson

Author of the newly released Hurst publication: The Maldives: Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy

Mr. Robinson is a Fulbright Fellow with a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. From 2009 to 2013, he worked in the Maldives heading the one English language media outlet in the country, a well-positioned seat to observe first-hand the Maldives’ democratic transition experience.

Mr. Robinson he has lectured widely on the Maldives democratic transition at universities in the US, UK and Australia, the last one at SOAS, London.

Discussant: Dr. Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits, Research Associate, GGSJ

Chair:          Aishath Velezinee, PhD Researcher, GGSJ


wdw_logo_for_web_blueYou are invited to attend two exhibitions taking place at the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam.

Each  exhibition will be accompanied by discussions. See more information below, or click here.


On 25 November 2015 (10.30 – 12 pm), GGSJ (PhD) researcher Velezinee Aisath will participate in a panel discussion at the Hague Institute for Global Justice

IGJ logo JPGThe speakers, which also include Mr. JJ Robinson (journalist and author) and Mr. Adrian Neville (photographer and author), will discuss the continuing challenges faced by the Maldives in relation to democratic transition.

Dr. Lyal Sunga, Head of the Rule of Law program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, will moderate the discussion.

More information available here.

Refugee Law Project director Dr. Chris Dolan will lead a discussion on sexual violence again men in conflict settings.

refugee-law-project-logoA short presentation and discussion with Dr. Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project at the School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda, will be preceded by a film screening from the Refugee Law Project’s series “Journeys to Activism”, each just over 5 minutes long.

This event is being co-sponsored by the ISS teaching major in Social Justice Perspectives and the ISS research programme in Governance, Globalization and Social Justice.

Venue:  ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, Den Haag
Room:  3.14
Date:   20 November 2015
Time:   16.15-17.45



GGSJ Junior (PhD) researcher Velezinee Aisath presented a paper at a Conference on Women, Veil and Security, from 11—12 October 2015 in Sri Lanka.

The conference, organised by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, discussed critical and comparative, social and cultural perspectives of the practice of veiling in Islamic societies, as well as how the discussion relates to the security discourse.


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.