» Archive for: June, 2012

Legal Internship Positions (Fall 2012)

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is seeking law or graduate students with a strong background in international law and strong legal research skills, and a good knowledge of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for Fall 2012 Legal Internships. The internship requires fluency in written and spoken English; additional French language skills are strongly preferred. The legal internship is full-time; however, for exceptional candidates based in the Netherlands, part-time internships may also be a possibility.


Press Release by the ICJ: Judgement awaited in the Diallo case on 19 June 2012

On 19 June 2012 the ICJ will deliver its judgment in the case Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Republic of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo).

In November 2010 the ICJ already decided on the merits of the case and found that the DRC, in carrying out the arrest, detention and expulsion of the Guinean national Mr. Diallo in 1995-1996, violated Diallo’s human rights.

The Court also found that the DRC is obliged to provide appropriate reparation, in the form of compensation, to Guinea. In case the parties would fail to reach agreement on the question of compensation within 6 months after the November 2010 Judgment, the ICJ would settle the matter.

The decision on the latter will be made public on 19 June. See ICJ press release for more information.

Call for Abstracts for Seminar

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Vehicles for Social Justice?

2012 Research Seminar of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, organised in collaboration with The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research.

Date of Seminar: Wednesday 21 November 2012, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague

Please click here to download the Call for Abstracts

Constitution Making Process in Zimbabwe: A Human Rights Perspective (Personal Reflections)

By Gift Mwonzora (HDS Alumnus 2010/11)

In October 2009, Zimbabwe found itself preparing for a nation-wide constitution outreach consultation process in a bid to come up with a new ‘people driven constitution’. This came as a result of the fact that Zimbabwe had entered into a coalition (inclusive government) which was brokered by the then South African President Thabo Mbeki as the mediator. In accordance with the transitional agreement that was signed between the three political parties involved – namely ZANU PF,MDC-T and MDC – the need was expressed for  a ‘new home grown  people driven’ constitution ‘by the people’ ‘for the people’. Like the South African model, a Select Committee known as (COPAC)[1] composed of an equal number of legislators drawn from all the political parties represented in parliament was established and tasked to lead the constitution review process.


The African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden is still accepting applications for the ‘Africa Thesis Award’.

The deadline is 15th June.

African and Dutch students who completed their thesis at an African or Dutch university between 15th June 2011 and 15th June 2012 and who are rated with an 8 (80%) or higher, can apply.


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.