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Public Seminar at ISS, sponsored by GGSJ and Greenpeace

oposaDate: Wed, 7 October 2015
Time: 16.15 – 17.30 hrs.
Venue: room 3.01

Tony Oposa, who joins the ISS GGSJ Research Group as a short-term visiting scholar in 2015, is a well-known environmental law activist from the Philippines. His work is internationally noted for the cases he fought to protect the Philippines’ natural patrimony. In 1990, he initiated a case to seek protection of his country’s tropical rainforests. The Oposa case was brought on behalf of both current and future generations of children. It challenged the Philippines’ government practice of issuing massive timber logging concessions licenses, which had among others resulted in rapid deforestation, floods and displacement of indigenous people. Ultimately, Tony won the case and made the Supreme Court of the Philippines formulate the concept of inter-generational responsibility, the right to a balanced and healthful ecology and the notion of inter-generational responsibility to preserve that ecology. The fact that the children involved were recognized in their right to sue, on their own behalf and on behalf of generations yet unborn, was a major achievement for environmental law and legal action. Various other cases and courses of action followed since. At present Tony is among others involved in initiatives to persuade the UN General Assembly to request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (based in The Hague) that would clarify the obligations of states in relation to climate change.

In this seminar Tony will share his stories and experiences in standing up for climate justice for future generations with you. If you are interested in environmental action, legal mobilization and/or children’s rights, please join in!

Contact person: Professor Karin Arts.

There are two forthcoming lunchtime lectures on governance that we would like to bring to your attention

On 1 October 2015, Daphina Misiedjan, a PhD candidate at Utrecht University will present on: The human right to water in Suriname: a paradox of scarcity and abundance

On 8 October 2015, Dr. Nathanael Ali, lecturer and postdoc researcher at Erasmus School of law will present on: Dynamism and the Erosion of Procedural Safeguards in International Governance of Terrorism

Both lectures will be held in room 4.01, from 13 – 14 hrs.

You are very welcome to attend!


Daphina Misiedjan

Nathanael Tilahun Ali


OUPOxford University Press has made more than 30 book chapters, journal articles and pieces of content from online resources freely accessible.

These resources, which include some from the Journal of Refugee Studies are meant to assist those working with refugees on the ground, as well as anyone who would like to know more about the framework of rights and obligations concerning refugees. The collection will be freely accessible at least until the end of 2015, and you can access it here:


You might also be interested in this article on the OUPblog by the JRS’s Editor Khalid Koser, which was published to coincide with the collection.

Can human rights bring social justice?

Worldwide socio-economic inequalities are mounting. While in absolute terms poverty rates are slowly going down, differences in income and wealth are growing. Deprived groups and protest movements mobilize to demand social justice. What do human rights have to offer them?

The latest essay volume in Amnesty International’s Changing Perspectives on Human Rights series, Can human rights bring social justice? focuses on the potential and limits of human rights for social justice and trade-offs in the strategic decisions of human rights NGOs.


The volume contains contributions from, among others, Sara Burke (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), Samuel Moyn (Harvard), Aryeh Neier (formerly Human Rights Watch) and current and former Directors of Amnesty International such as Widney Brown and David Petrasek.

40802The Netherlands International Law Review, Volume 62, Number 2, 2015, has just published a Special Issue on Srebrenica

On Tuesday 11 July 1995, a date which will live in infamy, the town of Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces. In order to commemorate this tragedy so that we will never forget, the Board of Editors of the Netherlands International Law Review invited a select number of authors to contribute to a Special Issue on the Impact of the Fall of Srebrenica (1995-2015) on various areas of public international law.

These areas are: the law relating to the United Nations (peace and security), the law relating to international crimes, the law relating to international responsibility and the law relating to international remedies.

Read Select Articles for Free.

These articles chosen by the managing editor are free to read until September 30th, 2015:

Of Dissonance and Silence; State Responsibility in the Bosnia Genocide Case, Kimberley N. Trapp
Attributing the Conduct of Dutchbat in Srebrenica: the 2014 Judgment of the District Court in the Mothers of Srebrenica Case, Paolo Palchetti
Srebrenica: On Joint Criminal Enterprise, Aiding and Abetting and Command Responsibility, Harmen van der Wilt [OPEN ACCESS]
Lessons Learned from the Srebrenica Massacre: From UN Peacekeeping Reform to Legal Responsibility, Cedric Ryngaert and Nico Schrijver [OPEN ACCESS]

10403630_678851408870055_5379307436009677489_nWe are very pleased to invite you to our upcoming HagueTalk

My link to Peace – Innovative Peace building

This event will highlight creative views on how to set peace and justice in motion.

10 September 2015, 15.30 – 17.00 h

Campus The Hague, LUC Schouwburgstraat 2, The Hague

Nabila Jamshed – Political Affairs secialist OPCW
Melissa Amoros Clark – student fellow at the peace Informatics lab, LUC Dana Ahan – student international law, Qatar
Moderator: Sjoerd Louwaars

Please confirm your presence at register@haguetalks.com

HagueTalks is a new meeting place for creative minds on topics related to peace and justice. We believe that looking at peace and justice from a variety of angles sparks innovative thinking and acting. Join our online discussions. Attend our events or watch them online via livestream. Be the innovative mind that helps set peace and justice in motion.



Human Rights jobs

Category: Opportunities

1 Sep 2015


Please find below the latest vacancies in Human Rights Jobs.

Free to view:

– Program Coordinator/Case Manager for Adult Victim Services Program, DE, USA
– Oceans National Activist Network Fellowship (DC and SF), Greenpeace, USA
– Program Coordinator/Case Manager for Adult Victim Services Program, DE, USA
–  Manager of Integration Programs, DC, USA
– Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager, DC, USA
– Director of Development, DC, USA
–  Major Gifts Manager, DC, USA

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– Advocacy Adviser for Africa, Kenya (password)
– Managing Director, Digital Content & Brand Development, NY, USA (password)
– East Africa Press Officer, Nairobi (password)
– Researcher – Latin America, NY, USA (password)
– Associate Administration Division, NY, USA (password)
– Field Director, DC, USA (password)
– Director of Communications, DC, USA (password)
– Racial and Economic Justice Initiative Manager, DC, USA (password)
– Office Manager, GA, USA (password)
– Executive Assistant , NY, USA (password)
– Development Operations Assistant, CA, USA (password)
– Director of Grants & Donor Communications, CA, USA (password)
– Finance Coordinator, IA, USA (password


The Human Rights Jobs Team

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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.