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Thesis-Prize-2016You are cordially invited to attend the annual awarding of the MA Thesis Prize “Visions on Peace” to a student who wrote an excellent thesis on peace and security issues.

The event will take place at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Haagse Hogeschool), Room 0v.3.3.7, Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN The Hague.

Registration starts at 13:00 and at 17:00 the event will be concluded with drinks. See the attached announcement.

Quitting the ICC

Category: Events

10 Nov 2016

A roundtable discussion at the Asser Institute

logo_asser_horizontalBurundi, South Africa and Gambia have signaled their intent to quit the ICC, shocking the international community, with dramatic implications for the Court, for international criminal law, and for the international community. The issues in play are varied and complex: South Africa has raised conflicts among international legal regimes; Gambia has raised racial politics of international criminal justice. In the meantime, the Court presses forward in its quest to end impunity and restore trust in its mandate and operations, against increasingly potent charges of neo-colonialism. Our roundtable discusses implications of the latest developments.

Roundtable participants:

Prof.dr. Harmen van der Wilt (University of Amsterdam)
Dr. Dov Jacobs (Leiden University)
Dr. Marieke de Hoon (Public International Law & Policy Group; Free University Amsterdam)
Sofia Stolk (Free University Amsterdam)
Phyllis Livaha (Erasmus University College)

moderated by: Geoff Gordon (T.M.C. Asser Institute)

When: Friday, 11 November, 15:00-16:30
Where: T.M.C. Asser Institute, R. J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, The Hague

To register, please send an e-mail with your name, organisation and affiliation to conferencemanager@asser.nl.


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Read also a blog post by Jeff Handmaker.

ul_logo_printStarting in October 2016, this monthly speaker series will feature renowned Dutch and  international socio-legal scholars.

Each speaker will give an hour long lecture about their own social-legal research in which specific attention will be paid to the use of socio-legal research methods.

Over the course of 9 months, there will be 9 speakers from different countries, addressing 3 questions, each critically focusing on different areas of the law (criminal law, migration law, torts law, etc.)

The Leiden Socio-Legal Lecture Series is part of the multidisciplinary research profile area Interaction between Legal Systems.

Questions to be addressed are:

(1)    what does socio-legal research mean to you (theoretically and/or methodologically speaking)?,
(2)    why can the study of the law benefit from such a perspective and how did it help you in your own research?  and – to make it a realistic series and not just a picture perfect representation –
(3)    what were the challenges of doing socio-legal research?

After each lecture there will be plenty of time and room to engage in discussion with the speaker and with each other.

Click “more” for an overview of the lectures (can be subject to change): More

Movies that Matter 2016

Category: Events

2 Mar 2016

From 18-26 March 2016, the annual Movies that Matter film festival will run in The Hague.

logo-mtm-en-website-2016-ukSponsored by the Dutch Section of Amnesty International, the MtM festival presents several ground-breaking films, as well as the subjects and makers of these films together in a week of screenings, debates, masterclasses and more.

The 2016 programme is now online.

image004One of the highlighted events this year is a Masterclass with Serge Bremmertz, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, taking place on Wednesday 23 March 2016, from 16.00 – 17.15 hrs. Entrance is free, but registration is required via camerajustitia@moviesthatmatter.nl

In general, students receive a substantial discount at the festival. In addition, ISS has been able to arrange a limited number of further, discounted tickets for ISS-registered students. Contact Martin Blok for further information.

The NGO International Lawyers for West Papua will organize a conference on the 10th of March 2016 at the Humanity House in The Hague.

OILWPpen this link for more information and registration.

For more information about the issue, see here.


Human Rights Weekend

Category: Events

21 Jan 2016


The Power of One

Human Rights Watch organizes the Human Rights Weekend every year at the Balie in Amsterdam. This year it will be held from January 29 until the 31st.

The program will be full with films, debates and masterclasses. It would be great if ISS via social media and the website could get attention for the weekend.

The entire program is in Dutch and in English online on the website of de Balie:

Program & Tickets and via Twitter as well as Facebook


Human rights specialist Navi Pillay will give the 2016 Mandeville lecture and receive an honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University Rotterdam

Navanethem Pillay United Nations, former High Commissioner for Human Rights. Image by UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre

The lecture will take place in the University Aula at the EUR Woudestein campus on 9 June 2016.

The South African human rights lawyer was United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations from 2008 to 2014. She previously served as the first non-white judge at the South African High Court, President of the Rwanda tribunal and judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Fight against inequality, injustice and violence

Honorary Supervisors Kirsten Henrard, Professor of Human Rights at the Erasmus School of Law, and Karin Arts, Professor of International Law and Development from the International Institute of Social Studies, will present the honorary doctorate.

The title is being given to Pillay because of her ‘long-term fight against inequality, injustice and violence’. During her career, the South African lawyer has acted for vulnerable groups of women, minorities, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender persons.

The Mandeville lecture is an initiative from the university, the Rotterdam business community and the Erasmus Trust Fund. An official honorary doctorate is also connected to the ceremony from this year. The distinction is intended as a token of appreciation of the invited speaker’s services to society.

Previous laureates include Jean-Claude Trichet, Lilian Gonçalves and Carla Del Ponte

World Storytelling at ISS

Category: Events

6 Jan 2016


You are kindly invited to join the annual World Storytelling afternoon at the ISS Atrium on Saturday 16 January at 14:00 hrs. This is a co-production with the International Literature Festival Winternachten (Writers Unlimited) The Hague, with active participation of ISS students and staff, namely SJP teaching staff member Kees Biekart.

Participants will share their stories on this year’s topic: “with the best of intentions”. The atmosphere is informal and participants create an encouraging setting in which stories (max 5 minutes) from all over the world are shared. Special guest this year is the novelist Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe. For more information: http://www.iss.nl/news_events/iss_news/detail/article/79260-world-storytelling/

Admission is free, but please register via this link.


In November 2015, ISS Student of Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives, Rajin Alqallih, participated in a conference as a keynote speaker.

The event was organised by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) in The Hague as a keynote speaker and took place at Humanity House.

Here are some photos of the event.




Refugee Law Project director Dr. Chris Dolan will lead a discussion on sexual violence again men in conflict settings.

refugee-law-project-logoA short presentation and discussion with Dr. Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project at the School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda, will be preceded by a film screening from the Refugee Law Project’s series “Journeys to Activism”, each just over 5 minutes long.

This event is being co-sponsored by the ISS teaching major in Social Justice Perspectives and the ISS research programme in Governance, Globalization and Social Justice.

Venue:  ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, Den Haag
Room:  3.14
Date:   20 November 2015
Time:   16.15-17.45


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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.