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Human Rights Essay Award

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19 Dec 2014

Human Rights Essay Award – Call for Submissions

logo_white_blueAre you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 39 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses. For detailed guidelines about the award please visit: www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm or contact us at: hracademy@wcl.american.edu


The International Crimes Division of Uganda, the first domestic international crimes court in Africa

Seminar: Wednesday 21 January 2015, 7pm at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut

Harriet Ssali Lule, Deputy Registrar of the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court of Uganda

The ICD is the first international crimes court to be set up in Africa, mainly to try perpetrators of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war led by Joseph Kony.

Since the ICD was set up in 2008, the court has embarked on a case against one of the LRA’s top commanders, Thomas Kwoyelo. The case, which is pending on a constitutional petition before the Supreme Court, will have great impact on the jurisprudence in Uganda if returned to the ICD for prosecution. The judgment is expected in early 2015.

As the Thomas Kwoyelo case and Joseph Kony arrest are still pending, the ICD has been very busy setting up the various infrastructures necessary for an international crimes court to run efficiently. Namely, the Rules of Procedure and Evidence (RPE) which were recently completed and the launch of the Rules is to take place in early 2015.

This lecture will delve into these and other issues related to Uganda’s ICD.



Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality
16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference

Call for Papers Deadline: 15.01.2015


9am – 5pm, Saturday 7 March 2015
Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham

We would like to announce that the deadline for the call for papers for the 16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality has been extended to Thursday 15 January 2015.   More

On Human Rights Day, 10th December we may spare a thought for those Alumni working in Conflict areas.

10 December is also National Victims Day in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, not all our Alumni go on to have an easy life, or can focus on their careers. Those who live in conflict zones may have more pressing priorities. When he was studying at ISS, Hadi Marifat was a TEDx speaker in The Hague Peace Palace in 2013.  He sends this report from Afghanistan:

HadiAs US and international troops reduce their direct military role in Afghanistan, and remain behind for some more years to ‘ assist and advise’ the national forces, alumni, Hadi Marifat (Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies, 2012-2013) reports on how some NGOs have tried to work to protect civilians in Afghanistan.  As reported in the media, suicide attacks have increased in Kabul in recent months. Though no-one was hurt this time, windows in the offices where Hadi works were recently shattered. More

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.