The Harvard University Academy Scholars Program is open to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars.

harvard-logo-2xThe Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions. Their scholarship may elucidate domestic, comparative, or transnational issues, past or present.

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ESDP_24The long-standing crisis in the #SouthChinaSea has received considerable media attention, not least in light of the historic judgement by the Hague Tribunal.

The judgement is likely to be strongly resisted, not least by the government of China.

This makes the critical analysis by Thanh Dam Truong and senior GGSJ researcher Karim Knio all the more important and valuable. Their 2016 book, published by Springer, discusses the many complex interactions at play.

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!



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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) publishes the on-line (open access) African Human Mobility Review (AHMR)

Capture2-250x358Now in its third issue, the AHMR is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed on-line journal created in 2015 to encourage and facilitate the study of Human Mobility in Africa.

In the third (special) issue, there are articles on:

  • Violent xenophobic episodes in South Africa, 2008 and 2015
  • Preventing Xenophobia in Africa: What Must the African Union Do?
  • Violent Conflict and Forced Displacement in the Horn of Africa: Government and Donor Policies and Programs in Search of Durable Solutions
  • Development-Induced Displacement and Its Impacts on the Livelihoods of Poor Urban Households in Bahir Dar, North Western Ethiopia

Download the Special issue of AHMR.

Submission guidelines are available here.

GGSJ Senior Researcher Des Gasper and Irene van Staveren published contributions in the newly published Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics

9780199766635The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics (edited by George F. DeMartino and Deirdre N. McCloskey, Oxford University Press, 2016), brings together 36 essays that give detailed attention to ethical issues involved in economics practice, the ethical consequences of choices in theorizing and in the treatment of risk and uncertainty, ethical issues in various areas of economics research and of applied economics, and to ethics in economics education and the possible design and use of codes of ethics.

Gasper’s chapter deals with ‘The Ethics of Economic Development and Human Displacement’.

The chapter by ISS colleague van Staveren is on ‘Alternative Ethical Perspectives on the Financial Crisis: Lessons for Economists’.


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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.