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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.

Applications for the Critical Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights (CICCR) are open at www.hr4dev.be.

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 www.hr4dev.be.

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.

ISSWith regards,

GGSJ Management Team (Des, Karin and Jeff).

Senior GGSJ researcher Professor Karin Arts has published an article on contemporary human rights challenges in the Netherlands

ArtsEntitled  Reflections on Human Rights in The Netherlands, the article appears in the December 2015 issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (vol. 33/4, pp. 374-381), a B-rated journal in the ranking of the CERES Research School.

The article addresses the following: Currently, in the Netherlands there is quite a bit of food for thought in terms of the state of human rights in the country. In 2015 the human rights record of the Netherlands as regards children’s rights and racial discrimination was scrutinized by the relevant treaty bodies of the United Nations. The assessments and recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reached the Netherlands in a period in which issues concerning racial discrimination and the ongoing influx of asylum seekers have given rise to heated public debates. This article briefly reviews these issues and the conclusions drawn by the two UN treaty bodies. This then serves as a basis for discussing some of the implications of the current debates and treaty body assessments for the role of the State for promoting and protecting human rights and will lead to a plea for greater engagement on the part of the government of the Netherlands.

logo_enGGSJ Junior (PhD) researcher Kim Chi Tran participated in the 3rd Children’s Rights Research Symposium that took place between 14-15 October 2015 at the University of Antwerp.

The Symposium involved a small group of 33 researchers. Two-thirds of the group were PhD candidates, the rest were lecturers and professors, some of whom were members of the CREAN group. More than half were embedded within various legal studies and/or had been trained in these fields — especially the more senior academics. The rest were people from various disciplines in social sciences.

This diverse group was a reflection of the objective of the symposium which was focused on situating Children’s Rights Studies as an interdisciplinary field. Within this context, several interesting and engaging discussions took place. This blog briefly touches on a few conversations that have stayed with me and continue to be turned over in my mind although the conference has long passed. These were the exchanges about the tensions between academic research and activism, the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and the malleability of participatory research and its implications.

The conference was also an opportunity to explore how to share my research project and its progress in the form of a poster.

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On 19 October, the KidsRights Index, led by GGSJ Senior Research Professor Karin Arts, launched its 2015 report.

RTEmagicC_KIdsRigts_Index_2015.pngThis annual global index ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights. It comprises a ranking for all UN member states that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and for which sufficient data is available, a total of 165 countries.

Report on Palestinian Children in Israeli detention discussed at ‘De Balie’, Amsterdam

De_BalieOn Wednesday evening 25 June 2014 ISS professor of international law and development and senior GGSJ researcher Karin Arts participated in a well-attended public debate at De Balie.

The debate, moderated by the senior CDA politician Tineke Lodders, addressed the situation of Palestinian children in Israeli detention. It was triggered by the recent report on this matter (in Dutch – translation forthcoming) that was produced by a Dutch multidisciplinary expert group.

After short introductions to the report by three members of this expert group, former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Professor Jaap Doek, Professor Peter van der Laan (Vrije Universiteit) and Professor Karin Arts, the discussion focussed on the role and responsibilities of the Dutch government.

Dutch MPs Han ten Broeke (VVD – Liberal Party) and Michiel Servaes (PVDA – Labour Party) explained what parliament has done so far to draw the attention of the Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs to the subject and what their take was on the subject. After a lively debate with many interventions from the audience as well, a suggestion was tabled to try and find a way to request regular (e.g 6 monthly) reporting on relevant developments to the second chamber of the Dutch parliament.

Journalist Tijmen van Rooijen published a small feature on this debate in the Saturday edition of the Dutch national newspaper ‘Het Parool’ (28 June 2014, p. 41) in which he reported the following quotes (translated from Dutch):


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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.