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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!



GGSJ Visiting Scholar (2015) and renowned lawyer, Antonio Oposa and Senior Researcher Dr. Jeff Handmaker were both interviewed in a 10-column feature article of the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer.

Oposa described his many decades of work as a lawyer, social mobiliser and environmental rights advocate. Oposa brought numerous, ground-breaking cases in the Philippines is credited with establishing what has become known as “The Oposa Doctrine”, namely the right of children to initiate legal actions on their behalf and on behalf of generations yet unborn. Oposa was quoted:

The law can be a powerful force for social change.

Handmaker, who used to practice law and now conducts research at ISS on legal mobilisation, explained how lawyers need to grapple with the political side of their work, in order to better understand the strategic potential of legal advocacy. Making a distinction between the political and the tendency of some to politicise legitimate legal claims, he was quoted:

Law is inherently political, although some lawyers would prefer not to face up to this.


© cfnhri.org, NASA, Flickr Creative Commons

© cfnhri.org, NASA, Flickr Creative Commons

GGSJ research in the area of climate change addresses its causes and effects, and especially the politics, legal contours and ethics of possibilities for reducing and modifying such change and for adapting to the changes which are now underway.

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Cost Action IS 0702 Policy briefs now available online

Karin Arts

Recently the COST Action IS 0702 human rights research project, conducted by the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), came to an end. It involved among others a working group on human rights and development tools, in which GGSJ Senior Research Member and ISS Professor of International Law and Development Karin Arts took part as an invited external expert.

For a downloadable copy of the complete set of the final policy recommendations of COST Action IS 0702 see http://www.cost.eu/library/newsroom/humanrights

Karin’s contribution addresses ‘Countering Violence Against Children in the Philippines: Positive RBA Practice Examples from Plan’. Her policy brief (and all others) are available through http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/4660/2/COST_brief_FINAL_REV_JAN.pdf


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.