» Archive for: May, 2012

Between 8 and 12 May 2012, ISS faculty member Jeff Handmaker led an Independent Observation Mission to the Trial of President Desiré Delano Bouterse and Others in Relation to Extrajudicial Executions That Took Place in December 1982 at Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname.

The purpose of the mission, which was extensively reported in the Dutch, Suriname and international media, was to observe the trial of President Bouterse and 24 Others by a Military Court in Boxel, Suriname, and surrounding context. A preliminary press release was issued on 11 May 2012, and a report from the independent trial observation mission was released the ICJ on 29 May 2012.

The ICJ evaluated the Court’s judgement handed down on 11 May 2012, in order to assess compliance with judicial guarantees of fair trial and due process, in accordance with internationally recognised standards. The ICJ also considered the procedural implications and associated human rights consequences of the judgement itself.

The full report is available here.

Prof. Malcolm Evans, Professor of International Law at Bristol University and Chairperson of the UN Sub-Committee on the Prevention of Torture, will deliver a lecture in Groningen on the occasion of the first Avril McDonald Memorial Lecture Series.

The lecture is entitled ‘Preventing Torture: the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) in theory and in practice’.

The lecture will take place on 31 May 2012 in the Senaastkamer in the Academie building of the University of Groningen from 13:00 – 14:30.

You are all kindly invited to attend this lecture.


Spring Meeting of the NL ILA

Category: Events

19 May 2012

You are invited to the annual spring meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law. This seminar will take place in The Hague Institute for Global Justice (5 minutes walking distance from the ISS) on 30 May 2012.

The theme of the meeting is:

Assertive citizens: how do they benefit from international non-binding complaints procedures?

Speakers are:

  • Prof. C. Flinterman
  • Prof. N.J. Schrijver
  • Prof. E. Hey


Conchita Poncini Jimenez: International Human Rights Fellowship

The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is proud to announce the Conchita Poncini Jimenez Human Rights Fellowship promoting the use of human rights instruments and agreements for the advancement of women and girls. The award is named in honour of Conchita Poncini Jimenez, IFUW Representative to the United Nations from 1994-2011.

N.B. Deadline for application is  30 June 2012.

Click HERE for more information about eligibility, terms and application process.


Nobel Laureates and Students Discuss Role of Women in Human Rights

By Kerry Kennedy*

CHICAGO, Illinois, U.S., May 3, 2012 (IPS) – Last week, in a lecture hall at the University of Illinois Chicago, 2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi took a reality many of us working in human rights know well, and drove it home with a story from her own nation, a land her government says she is no longer allowed to call home.

She reminded us that women’s rights are a gateway to democracy and to prosperity across society. She spoke about the strength of the feminist movement in Iran, a nation where more than 60 percent of college students are women, and where both men and women understand that by building women’s rights, they strike a blow against government oppression everywhere.

On Day 2 of the 12th Annual Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, at the Women Forging Peace panel, we had the honour of hearing five leaders in human rights talk about the role of women in peace-building, including Ms. Ebadi. Together they spoke about the impact women’s groups have already had on the fight for universal freedom.


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