Thesis-Prize-2016You are cordially invited to attend the annual awarding of the MA Thesis Prize “Visions on Peace” to a student who wrote an excellent thesis on peace and security issues.

The event will take place at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Haagse Hogeschool), Room 0v.3.3.7, Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN The Hague.

Registration starts at 13:00 and at 17:00 the event will be concluded with drinks. See the attached announcement.
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Scepticism about the ICC

Category: Publications

10 Nov 2016

Blog Post

Scepticism about the ICC should come as no surprise

JeffHandmakerISS_smallJeff Handmaker*

On 21 October 2016, South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha announced the intention of the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

South Africa’s announcement to withdraw from the ICC was accompanied by similar announcements by Burundi and possibly Kenya to either leave or consider leaving the Assembly of State Parties, which comprises the members of the Rome Statute of the ICC. The Gambia also made clear it was intending to leave the ICC, which was all the more embarrassing as it is the country of nationality of the current ICC prosecutor.

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Quitting the ICC

Category: Events

10 Nov 2016

A roundtable discussion at the Asser Institute

logo_asser_horizontalBurundi, South Africa and Gambia have signaled their intent to quit the ICC, shocking the international community, with dramatic implications for the Court, for international criminal law, and for the international community. The issues in play are varied and complex: South Africa has raised conflicts among international legal regimes; Gambia has raised racial politics of international criminal justice. In the meantime, the Court presses forward in its quest to end impunity and restore trust in its mandate and operations, against increasingly potent charges of neo-colonialism. Our roundtable discusses implications of the latest developments.

Roundtable participants:

Prof.dr. Harmen van der Wilt (University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Dov Jacobs (Leiden University)
Dr. Marieke de Hoon (Public International Law & Policy Group; Free University Amsterdam)
Sofia Stolk (Free University Amsterdam)
Phyllis Livaha (Erasmus University College)

moderated by: Geoff Gordon (T.M.C. Asser Institute)

When: Friday, 11 November, 15:00-16:30
Where: T.M.C. Asser Institute, R. J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, The Hague

To register, please send an e-mail with your name, organisation and affiliation to conferencemanager@asser.nl.

http://www.asser.nl/education-events/events/?id=2956

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Read also a blog post by Jeff Handmaker.

ul_logo_printStarting in October 2016, this monthly speaker series will feature renowned Dutch and  international socio-legal scholars.

Each speaker will give an hour long lecture about their own social-legal research in which specific attention will be paid to the use of socio-legal research methods.

Over the course of 9 months, there will be 9 speakers from different countries, addressing 3 questions, each critically focusing on different areas of the law (criminal law, migration law, torts law, etc.)

The Leiden Socio-Legal Lecture Series is part of the multidisciplinary research profile area Interaction between Legal Systems.

Questions to be addressed are:

(1)    what does socio-legal research mean to you (theoretically and/or methodologically speaking)?,
(2)    why can the study of the law benefit from such a perspective and how did it help you in your own research?  and – to make it a realistic series and not just a picture perfect representation –
(3)    what were the challenges of doing socio-legal research?

After each lecture there will be plenty of time and room to engage in discussion with the speaker and with each other.

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ISS Alumni Suharto Suharto (HDS 2010) has co-published an article with colleagues Pim Kuipers and Pat Dorsett entitled “Disability terminology and the emergence of ‘diffability’ in Indonesia” in the A-rated Journal, Disability and Society.

Suharto_BlogSuharto is a PhD Candidate at Griffith University in Australia in the School of Human Services and Social Work as part of the university’s Population and Social Health research programme.

Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and the U.S.

THE HAGUE / GENEVA (5 September 2016) –  In a hard-hitting speech in the Hague on Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for action to confront European and U.S. demagogues who blend a fictional halcyon past  with a classic propagandist mix of half truths and oversimplification, resulting in “the banalization of bigotry” and an atmosphere thick with hate that may descend into violence.

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The Dutch Council for Refugees, in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies, announces a dissertation prize competition: Respect for Refugee Rights.

This competition is intended to stimulate both bachelors and masters research concerning the (lack of) protection of refugees in the regions where they come from, as well as in transit countries.

For more information: http://www.iss.nl/news_events/iss_news/detail/article/76307-iss-and-dutch-refugee-council-launch-dissertation-prize/

The following (professional) vacancies are available at the Refugee Law Project, which forms part of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University in Uganda.

refugee-law-project-logoAdministrative Assistant – Kitgum [1]
Trainee (Gender & Sexuality)
Legal Assistant [2]
Legal Officer [1]
Sexual and Gender Based Officer [1]
Community Counselors (Nakivale and Kyangwali Refugee Settlement) [4]
Community English Language Instructors (Nakivale and Kyangwali Refugee Settlements) [4]
Community Paralegal (Nakivale and Kyangwali Refugee Settlement) [4]

For complete details on the vacancies, kindly follow the links to each. Deadline for submission of applications is Friday 29th July 2016 at 5:00pm

For more information, please contact us at info@refugeelawproject.org or visit our website at www.refugeelawproject.org. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Whatsapp (+256-776897057).

The (NGO) Coalition for the International Criminal Court in The Hague has 2 vacancies

CICCAdvocacy Internship – starting in September 2016 for a period of 3 months minimum.
Programme Internship – starting in August or September 2016 for a period of 3 months minimum.

Do not hesitate to contact Tessa Bakx if you require additional information.

Tessa Bakx, Program Assistant, Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Bezuidenhoutseweg 99a, 2594 AC The Hague, The Netherlands
Tel: +31-70-3111084 | Fax: +31 70 364 0259
bakx@coalitionfortheicc.orgwww.coalitionfortheicc.org

Refugee Law Project blog

Category: Resources

28 Apr 2016

refugee-law-project-logoThe Refugee Law Project has a new Blog

For those who are following refugee and/or transitional justice issues in Uganda and the Great Lakes Region, the Refugee Law Project Blog is the latest addition to the various platforms that they have established to update on the work that they do through their different thematic programmes.

For more information, contact them at info@refugeelawproject.org or visit their website at www.refugeelawproject.org.

You can also follow them on Facebook  /  Twitter  and  Youtube.

International Institute of Social Studies

Human Rights is a specialization within the Human Rights, Conflict and Gender Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Human Rights teaching team.