Vacancy: IDLO Internship

Category: Opportunities

10 Apr 2016

The Department of Global Initiatives, based at the Hague office of IDLO requires the services of an intern for a period of 6 months.

idloThe successful candidate will work within the Program Development Unit. The Intern will perform the following duties:

1. Assist in conducting country legal and political-economy context assessments;
2. Assist in the development of program proposals, including:

  • Political-economic research
  • Legal research
  • Support to coordination
  • Support development and writing of narratives, logical frameworks, timelines and budgets

3. Assist in planning for, attend and record minutes of meetings:
4. Assist in planning and support scoping missions (from the field or the Hague):
5. Perform related activities and administrative tasks or other similar duties as requested by the Supervisor.

More information available here.

Applications for the Critical Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights (CICCR) are open at

HR4DEV-logoThe course will take place in Ghent from August 28th until September 9th 2016. CICCR maps the potential and limits of a children’s rights approach towards global and local issues concerning the human rights of children. Key themes include a multidisciplinary introduction to children’s rights, contextualizing children’s rights in (local) governance, global challenges to children’s rights in a local context (including diversity, poverty, migration and health), and critical approaches to children’s rights in research, policy and practice. The preliminary programme can now be found here.

The course organizers offer a limited amount of scholarships from VLIR-UOS and UNESCO to candidates who fulfill the application criteria. Scholarship applicants are welcome to submit their application form until April 15th. The deadline for self-funded participants is May 15th. Only complete applications submitted through the website will be considered.

For more information, please refer to

The first issue of the 2016 volume of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, of which SJP Professor Karin Arts is editor-in-chief, has been published.


  • Column on The EU Migration Crisis: What Next? by Thom Brooks
  • Article: Religious Organisations, Internal Autonomy and Other Religious Rights before the European Court of Human Rights and the OSCE by Sylvie Langlaude Doné
  • Article: The Functioning of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights in Practice by Lize R. Glas
  • Article: Somali Piracy and the Human Rights of Seafarers by Sofia Galani
  • New documentation: Recent Publications on International Human Rights

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

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:

Admission is free, but please register via this link.

logoThe International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) is hiring a Communications Coordinator to join the ICVA Secretariat in Geneva.

Details are available on their website

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and their CV, including three references to by 24 January 2016.

Professor Karin Arts has published an article on contemporary human rights challenges in the Netherlands

ArtsEntitled  Reflections on Human Rights in The Netherlands, the article appears in the December 2015 issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (vol. 33/4, pp. 374-381), a B-rated journal in the ranking of the CERES Research School.

The article addresses the following: Currently, in the Netherlands there is quite a bit of food for thought in terms of the state of human rights in the country. In 2015 the human rights record of the Netherlands as regards children’s rights and racial discrimination was scrutinized by the relevant treaty bodies of the United Nations. The assessments and recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reached the Netherlands in a period in which issues concerning racial discrimination and the ongoing influx of asylum seekers have given rise to heated public debates. This article briefly reviews these issues and the conclusions drawn by the two UN treaty bodies. This then serves as a basis for discussing some of the implications of the current debates and treaty body assessments for the role of the State for promoting and protecting human rights and will lead to a plea for greater engagement on the part of the government of the Netherlands.

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.