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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

Stand Up Science

Category: Other news

8 Nov 2016

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.

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


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.

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 30 November 2015, GGSJ Researcher Mr. Fulgêncio Lucas Muti Seda defended his doctoral dissertation.


Entitled Border Governance in Mozambique: The Intersection of International Border Controls, Regional Integration and Cross-border Regions, Dr. Seda was supervised by a team of GGSJ researchers Prof. dr. Mohamed Salih and Dr. Helen Hintjens as well as Dr. Thanh Dam Truong.

As described in the abstract to his PhD dissertation:

A tension exists between the interests of states in protecting national security through border controls and those of communities in cross-border regions, to whom frequent border crossing is part of daily life – a necessary part of achieving their own wellbeing. The interplay between these two sets of interests has shaped particular ‘border regimes’ with varying degrees of selectivity in measures of the control of movements of people. In Mozambique, the securing of borders since the early 1990s in order to tackle unauthorised migration and organised crime has revealed a tension with border communities – the manifestation of which is regionally specific elements related to commuters (those crossing the border for shopping, schooling or medical care). This thesis applies qualitative research methods to a study of this multilevel (social, economic, cultural, security and political) problem of border governance in Mozambique.

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

GGSJ Senior Researcher and Professor of International Law and Development Karin Arts was recently appointed for a third (and thus last) term as a member of the Human Rights Committee  of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV).

The AIV is a prestigious independent body which advises the Dutch government and parliament on a broad range of aspects of foreign policy, including human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration.

Arts_AIVIn 2014-2015 Karin was co-chair of an AIV working group that prepared an advice on the future of the relations between the European Union and countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (the ACP states). The resulting advisory report ACP-EU Cooperation after 2020: Towards a New Partnership? (March 2015) is available in Dutch, English and French.


On 17 September 2015, Nathanael Ali will defend his PhD Dissertation at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The title of his dissertation is: Dynamism and the Erosion of Procedural Safeguards in International Governance of Terrorism


Nathanael is based within the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) at EUR, where he is also a lecturer. He has been supervised by Professor Ellen Hey (promoter) of the ESL and Dr. Jeff Handmaker (co-promoter), GGSJ senior researcher at ISS.

From September 2015, he will be employed as a Post Doc researcher in the Research Excellence Initiative in which several researchers at ESL and ISS are participating.

You can find Nathanael Ali’s profile here.

Date: 17 September 2015

Time: 15.30 hrs

Place: Senaatszaal, Campus Woudestein (EUR), Rotterdam.

GGSJ Senior researchers Karin Arts and Jeff Handmaker at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), together with colleagues at the Erasmus School of Law (ESL) and the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC),  have been awarded a significant research grant

This five-year research project, led by ESL Professor Sanne Taekema and entitled Integrating Functional and Normative Approaches to Rule of Law and Human Rights, involves 10 principal researchers located at the three EUR faculties mentioned above. The project will support 2 postdoc positions, 4 visiting professors (including Kim Lane Scheppele of Princeton University) and a number of conferences and expert meetings.

GGSJ Researchers at the UN

Category: Other news

17 Dec 2014

Professors Oduwole and Arts contributed to UN event on the Right to Development

ohchr-logoOn 2 December 2014, GGSJ researchers Prince Claus Chair Professor Jumoke Oduwole and ISS Professor Karin Arts were in Geneva, Switzerland as invited speakers at an event organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

This event, Sustainable Development with Dignity and Justice for All – Realizing the Right to Development for Present and Future Generations, commemorated the 28th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development.

More information on the ISS website.

GGSJ junior researcher and ISS PhD candidate, Mohammed Al Moghayer Omer participated in a special session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels

Poster-RTP-EN-jpeg-723x1024Mohammed Omer participated as a member of the jury, composed of numerous prominent figures.

The jury was composed to examine Israel’s assault on Gaza during “Operation Protection Edge” and to submit findings on possible international crimes that had been committed by parties to the conflict.

More information available here.

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.