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Annual Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

On Friday, 4 November 2016 AT 1:30 P.M. Raadzaal, Utrecht University, Achter Sint Peter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht

Speakers: Prof. Karin Arts on Revitalizing the Right to Development in International Law; Prof. Koen de Feyter on The Right to Development: A Treaty and Its Discontents

The printed version of the papers is available for non-members by applying to press@asser.nl. Coffee and tea will be available from 12:30 P.M. onwards. At 5:00 P.M. the biennial François Prize will be awarded.

A version of this paper was published in the Netherlands International Law Review (2016).

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to attend the meeting, you are kindly requested to register in advance at info@knvir.org.


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.


Public Seminar at ISS, co-sponsored by ISS-GGSJ and Greenpeace

oposaDate: Wed, 7 October 2015
Time: 16.15 – 17.30 hrs.
Venue: ISS (The Hague)

Tony Oposa, who joins the ISS GGSJ Research Group as a short-term visiting scholar in 2015, is a well-known environmental law activist from the Philippines. His work is internationally noted for the cases he fought to protect the Philippines’ natural patrimony. In 1990, he initiated a case to seek protection of his country’s tropical rainforests. The Oposa case was brought on behalf of both current and future generations of children. It challenged the Philippines’ government practice of issuing massive timber logging concessions licenses, which had among others resulted in rapid deforestation, floods and displacement of indigenous people. Ultimately, Tony won the case and made the Supreme Court of the Philippines formulate the concept of inter-generational responsibility, the right to a balanced and healthful ecology and the notion of inter-generational responsibility to preserve that ecology. The fact that the children involved were recognized in their right to sue, on their own behalf and on behalf of generations yet unborn, was a major achievement for environmental law and legal action. Various other cases and courses of action followed since. At present Tony is among others involved in initiatives to persuade the UN General Assembly to request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (based in The Hague) that would clarify the obligations of states in relation to climate change.

In this seminar Tony will share his stories and experiences in standing up for climate justice for future generations with you. If you are interested in environmental action, legal mobilization and/or children’s rights, please join in!

Contact person: Professor Karin Arts.

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):


cda_displayimageGGSJ researcher Jeff Handmaker has published a chapter in a book edited by Marielle Matthee, Brigit Toebes and Marcel Brus.

The chapter is entitled “In Search of a Human Face in the Middle East: Addressing Israeli Impunity for War Crimes“, forming part of a collection entitled Armed Conflict and International Law: In Search of the Human Face, published by T.M.C Asser Press and distributed by Springer. The book is a Liber Amicorum to honour the late Avril McDonald.


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© 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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