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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.

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.


GGSJ associated researcher Giulia Sinatti has published a new paper.

Sinatti, G. (2014). “Approaches to diaspora engagement in the Netherlands.” Laakso, L. and P. Hautaniemi, Eds. Diasporas, Development and Peacemaking in the Horn of Africa. London, Zed books: 190-209.

In this book chapter, Giulia Sinatti analyses diaspora engagement as a policy issue that has prominently come to the fore in Dutch development and peacebuilding thinking. This has led to many initiatives and programmes that hinge on the ideal of migrants as partners who can complement the efforts of the official development industry. In practice, however, efforts to establish collaboration and exchange with diaspora groups regularly point to migrants’ perceived lack of professionalism and to their fragmented nature as significant threats. These challenges are rooted in problematic understandings of ‘civil society’ and ‘participation’ with regard to the reality of transnational migrant groups.

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