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The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is currently looking for candidates for Spring and Summer 2013 legal internships, as well as for a part time legal monitoring consultant position. The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for gender justice through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and through domestic mechanisms, including peace negotiations and justice processes. We work with women most affected by the conflict situations under investigation by the ICC.

More information setting out the description of the position and the desired qualifications for the legal internship and for the position of legal monitoring consultant can  be downloaded from their website: http://www.iccwomen.org/news/berichtdetail.php?we_objectID=176.

For more information, contact:

Dieneke de Vos
Assistant Legal Officer
Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice
Noordwal 10
2513 EA Den Haag, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)70 302 9911, Fax: +31 (0)70 392 5270
Website: www.iccwomen.org
Twitter: @4GenderJustice
Email: Dieneke.deVos@iccwomen.org


‘When Judges Violate the Rome Statute: Regulation 55 and the Legal Recharacterization of Facts at the ICC’

Supranational Criminal Law Lecture

Speaker:  Dr. Dov Jacobs, Assistant Professor in International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University

Date and time:  6 February 2013, 7 pm

Venue:  T.M.C. Asser Instituut, R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, The Hague

Jacobs’ blog: http://dovjacobs.blogspot.nl/

‘Visions of Peace’ Symposium

16 November 2012

Report by ISS (SJP) student Janneka Beeksma

In the wake of a recent eruption of attacks (now ceasefire) between Israel and Gaza, it seems appropriate and timely to broaden our understanding of some of the features of the area’s unique tensions.

This year, the Visions of Peace symposium discussed ‘the political economy of occupations.’ The symposium’s focus on the Israeli occupation in Palestine brought a unique perspective to an otherwise much talked-about issue. It  addressed questions (and thus of course posing even more) of the economic and legal dimensions of the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians and why there seems to be little immediate prospect for resolution. In these respects, the topic also revealed some of the more hidden effects the occupation has on the Palestinian population.

The topic was introduced by stressing that occupation entails not just the legal control of territory, but also the absence of peace. Professor Murshed’s explanations made clear that the territory’s occupation seems quite far from any hope of resolution or transformation.

It may seem stark to examine such a deeply troubling ‘absence of peace’ when one is seeking to ‘envision peace.’ However, the symposium was divided into two portions, the latter which concluded with motivating messages of hope that lay in creative approaches to prospects of peace throughout the globe. Three student finalists in the 2012 Visions of Peace thesis prize presented their research, demonstrating their dedication to promote better understandings in the interests of peace. Their thoughtful and innovative theses serve as a reminder that though the complexity of the political economy within which we live can be a source of oppression, such complexity does not mean that the tools of peace are beyond our grasp.

The following will both report on Professor Murshed’s keynote address, Professor van der Borght’s response and the discussion that followed, chaired by Professor Emeritus Hans Opschoor, member of the Advisory Council of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Sciences, concluding with brief summaries of the students’ important reminders of hope.


A new article on the ongoing social justice issue in Bhopal, India has been published, co-written by Christina Sathyamala, an ISS PhD student and epdemiologist

The Supreme Court, in its final order of October 1991, upheld the compensation settlement with Union Carbide which made the Government of India liable for any shortfall in compensation or any new claims from the Bhopal gas victims. Following this order the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) disbanded its medical research on the long-term medical effects of the disaster.

A recent Supreme Court order directs the ICMR to resume that research, but the question that looms is why the ICMR abdicated its ethical mandate and allowed its subordination to a political diktat. Why did the ICMR as an institution allow itself to become an apologist of the Indian state?

The article is available at: http://www.epw.in/perspectives/bhopal-disaster-and-medical-research.html

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has endured for over sixty years despite the efforts of the International community to aid in its resolution. How is the conflict perceived from a perspective of International Law? What is the record of Human Rights violations on both sides?

Come join us (Critical Collective) at the Hague University of Applied Sciences / Haagse Hogeschool for a workshop and discussion to critically address these questions!

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.