Special Lectures (Archive)

Guest Lectures on Human Rights

  • Chris Dolan

  • Antonio Oposa

  • Ghadija Vallie

  • Cees Flinterman

  • Omar Barghouti

  • Oktay Durukan

  • Ineke Boerefijn

  • Wibo van Rossum

  • SJP Conference: 100 Years ANC


Dr. Chris Dolan

On 20 November 2015, ISS organises a short presentation and discussion led by 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.


Mr. Antonio Oposa

On 7 October 2015, renowned Philippines lawyer and Environmental law activist from the Philippines, Mr. Antonio Oposa, shared his stories and experiences standing up for climate justice for future generations.

Oposa’s talk has been archived in a video (caveat: not professionally produced).

On 19 September 2011, we welcomed South African human rights activist and social justice campaigner Ms. Ghadija Vallie to the ISS.

Ms. Vallie gave two masterclasses on “Using Knowledge for Human Rights and Social Justice” and “Gaining Knowledge for Human Rights and Social Justice” for ISS students following the Human Rights, Development and Social Justice specialisation in the graduating classes of 2011 and 2012.

In November 2009, Ms. Vallie co-organised with ISS the conference Mobilizing social justice – Unlocking the potential for structural change. See the conference information pack. The results of this conference led directly to a book published by Pretoria University Law Press entitled Mobilising Social Justice in South Africa: Perspectives from researchers and practitioners, the full contents of which can be downloaded for free.

In June 2011 Ms. Vallie published an article with Bangani Ngeleza on some of her work and life experiences for DevISSues magazine, which can be downloaded here. She was also interviewed by Adri Nieuwhof in an interview that is available here.


On 20 April 2011, Professor Cees Flinterman gave a guest lecture as part of the HDS-4303 Course. He is an honorary professor of human rights since November 2007. Before that he was inter alia director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and Director of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research. He is currently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and was previously a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

A podcast of the 20 April 2011 Flinterman lecture is available as part 1 and part 2.



Palestinian scholar and human rights advocate Mr. Omar Barghouti has spoken on several occasions at the ISS and has published in the magazine DevISSues in a special issue on Academia and Engagement (Vol 10/No 1/May 2008). On 20 February 2012, he gave a presentation and entered into a debate at De Balie in Amsterdam.

A video recording of this debate is available online.





Oktay Durukan (in the middle)

On 17 February 2012, the ISS and 3R Foundation co-organised a small seminar on “Turkey’s Asylum and Migration Reforms, and the EU”. The speaker was Oktay Durukan of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assemby (HCA) in Istanbul. Marieke van Eik, an attorney with Bohler Advocaten in Amsterdam, also shared her reflections. Jeff Handmaker  moderated the event.

For more information about the 3R Foundation, visit: www.stichting3r.nl (Dutch and English) and about the project: www.stichting3r.nl/onze-projecten/matra

The event was broadcast live on the web through UStream and was publicised through Twitter and Facebook. A video recording of the seminar is available on Youtube.




Dr. Ineke Boerefijn is well known in the field of human rights in The Netherlands and internationally. For more than 25 years she worked for the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in the Law Faculty of Utrecht University. She held the ‘Opzij Chair’ at the Centre for Gender and Diversity (Maastricht University) from 2006-2008, and in 2008-2009 she was the Julius Stone Visiting Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, and the Australian Human Rights Centre. She has also been an editor of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten, the Dutch journal of human rights and of the International Studies Journal (Iran), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Human Rights of Åbo Akademi University. She has furthermore served as Rapporteur of the Committee on International Human Rights Law and Practice of the International Law Association (ILA).

On 9 November 2009, Ineke Boerefijn presented a Development Research Seminar at the ISS on Combating impunity for violence against women in post-conflict situations.

A recording of her seminar is available here.



Dr. Wibo van Rossum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Theory at Utrecht University and is also attached to the Erasmus School of Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Most of his research has focussed on the interplay between immigrant legal cultures and Dutch legal culture. He is also interested in researching the legal profession, exploring developments among lawyers, judges and public prosecutors pertaining to cultural diversity conflicts in multicultural society. He hopes to trace changes and transformations in their ‘common sense knowledge’ of what is regarded as appropriate behaviour related to multicultural conflicts in law. For more information, see: www.wibovanrossum.nl

On 19 May 2009, Wibo van Rossum presented a Development Research Seminar entitled Toward a Multicultural Legitimacy of Law.

A recording of his seminar is available here.

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 Conference: 100 Years ANC, 10 September 2012

Logo of the Africa Studies Centre

On 10 September 2012, the Africa Studies Centre (ASC) at the University of Leiden, together with the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University (ISS) and ISS-SCHOLAS, organised a one-day conference to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ANC.

Final Programme.  See conference papers, presentations, photos and other materials below!

Participants included:

  • H.E. Ambassador Goosen (South African Embassy in The Hague)
  • Tom Lodge (University of Limerick)
  • Sakhela Buhlungu (University of Pretoria)
  • Freek Schiphorst (ISS)
  • Ineke van Kessel (ASC)
  • Stephen Ellis (ASC/VU, confirmed)
  • Jeff Handmaker (ISS/Wits School of Law)
  • Erik Bähre (University of Leiden)
  • Susan Newman (ISS)
  • Kier Schuringa (International Institute of Social History)
  • Heather Hughes (University of Lincoln)
  • Peter Waterman (Independent Scholar)
  • Robert Ross (University of Leiden)

Thank you for visiting the (post) conference blog!

Ineke van Kessel (ASC), Jeff Handmaker (ISS) and Thandiwe Matthews (ISS-SCHOLAS)
Conference Organisers

A Selection of Conference Presentations and Related Materials

Additional Background Materials

Photos from the Conference



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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.