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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

Jeff Handmaker, GGSJ Senior Researcher and (since 2013) Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) will take over as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal in 2017.

sajhrcoverFounded in 1985 by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and housed at the School of Law, University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg, the SAJHR is the leading and one of the oldest South African public law journals.

The SAJHR is published by Taylor & Francis (as of January 2016) and was ranked ‘1’ (first) in South Africa with a combined score of 100 and had an impact factor of 0.392 (with a 5-year impact factor of 0.36) in the Journal Citation Reports 2015.

Past issues of the Journal can currently be viewed on SABINET and on HeinOnline.

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

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.

This column by GGSJ Senior Researcher, Professor Des Gasper, entitled ‘Climate Change Analyses: Precautionary? Principled?‘ is part of a Global Policy e-book


Entitled Climate Change and Human Rights: The 2015 Paris Conference and the Task of Protecting People on a Warming Planet, the e-book is edited by Marcello Di Paola and Daanika and will be released in November 2015.

Find out more here or join the debate on Twitter using #GPclimatechange

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.

Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality
16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference

Call for Papers Deadline: 15.01.2015


9am – 5pm, Saturday 7 March 2015
Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham

We would like to announce that the deadline for the call for papers for the 16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality has been extended to Thursday 15 January 2015.   More

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 Affiliated Researcher, Omar Barghouti, contributed to the New York Times opinion pages as part of a debate on recognizing a Palestinian state.


Recognition of a Palestinian State Without Full Rights Is Meaningless

Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian activist and one of the founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. He is the author of “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.”

October 16, 2014  Source.

The British Parliament’s overwhelming vote to recognize a “State of Palestine” may indeed be a sign of “where the wind is blowing,” as the British ambassador to Tel Aviv has commented – a reflection of the significant erosion of public support for Israel’s regime of occupation and denial of Palestinian rights. But it should not be seen in black and white.


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.