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Researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University (EUR) dr. Jeff Handmaker, Prof. dr. Karin Arts and Prof. dr. Irene van Staveren have published an article that outlines their concerns about the legality and economic risk of investments held by the Dutch pension fund ABP.

ABP, the largest pension fund in the Netherlands, is implicated in serious violations of international law and human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories through its investments in certain financial institutions and companies.

Original English publication:  Jeff Handmaker, Karin Arts and Irene van Staveren, ‘Dutch firm’s settlement investments violate the law and must end’, The Electronic Intifada, 18 February 2014

Dutch version: Jeff Handmaker, Karin Arts en Irene van Staveren, ‘ABP investeringen in illegale nederzettingen zijn juridische en economische risico’s’, Nederlands versie: 25 februari 2014.

Version published in Financieele Dagblad (ingezonden brief), “ABP en Nederzettingen”


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RLPRefugee Law Project’s Position on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

21 February 2014

On 20th December 2013, the Parliament of Uganda passed the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2013. This Bill passed alongside the Anti-Pornography Bill 2013 both of which followed a similar law, the Public Order Management Bill 2013. All three have been widely condemned by human rights defenders and organisations as an affront to human rights and dignity given their far reaching political, social and economic implications to the country. As expected from any such draconian legislation, right thinking members of the Ugandan society generally and pro-human right organizations and activists more directly are already feeling the impacts of the bill. Some individuals and organisations have already been threatened, silenced and branded as promoters of homosexual orientations. As a leading Centre for Justice and Forced Migrants, the Refugee Law Project has on several occasions been identified for its opposition to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and we would like to publicly state our position on this bill:


There are currently two job vacancies at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), which is in the process of hiring staff for its office in The Hague

idloIDLO is an intergovernmental organization that promotes justice, peace and development by providing legal expertise to governments, multilateral and civil society organizations. It seeks to enhance human rights, economic growth and good governance through technical assistance on judicial and legal reform, capacity-building and legal empowerment programs and projects. Bringing together a range of diverse local, national and international stakeholders and working in an enabling rather than directive or prescriptive way, IDLO acts as a catalyst for social change. It prides itself on its flexibility, speed and entrepreneurial spirit. While IDLO works in all developing regions of the world, it has significant operations in countries emerging from conflict. IDLO is the only intergovernmental organization with an exclusive mandate to promote the rule of law. It currently has 27 Member Parties and benefits from the collective wisdom of a prestigious International Advisory Council.

Job vacancies:

Gender Specialist – Fixed term position in The Hague

Senior Research and Learning Officer – Fixed term position in The Hague

To learn more about IDLO, please visit their website www.idlo.int or follow them on Twitter @IDLOnews.

Women’s Day Conference at IHE

Category: Events

10 Feb 2014

WE-greyCome and Celebrate International Women’s Day at UNESCO-IHE

  • 07 Mar 2014
  • 12:00 – 19:00
  • Westvest 7, 2611 AX, Delft, The Netherlands

Programme: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/international-womens-day-conference
Register online: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/node/18419

Two GGSJ Seminars

Category: Events

6 Feb 2014

Please take note of two GGSJ-related events taking place TODAY, 6 February 2014.

RTEmagicC_ISSbuilding.jpgThe first is a Research in Progress seminar of GGSJ researcher Max Regus13.00 -14.00 hours – Room 4.01, entitled:  “A Religious Minority Under Democratic Transition: The Case of Ahmadiyya Group in Indonesia , 2008 – 2012. For more information, click here.

The second event is the continuation of the DRS-GGSJ C3 Seminars, beginning with a talk at 16.15 hrs in the Small Aula by Professor Matthew Watson (Warwick) entitled “Schumpeterian Visions: Countervailing Influences to Crises of Economic Thought”. For more information click here.


“ICC Kenyatta Case: Where Now for Kenya ’s Post-Election Violence Victims?”


Fergal Gaynor, Legal Representative for Victims in the ICC case against Uhuru Kenyatta, discusses reaction among victims of Kenya ’s 2007-08 post-election violence to the postponement of the Kenyan President’s trial

Thursday 6 February 2014, 7pm at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut

SCL Lectures are public and free of charge. Registration is not necessary, seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The views and opinions expressed in or during the Supranational Criminal Law lectures are not necessarily those of the host and/or participating organisations, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.

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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.