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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.


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.

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]

Upcoming Event in November #1

Category: Events

23 Oct 2014

Marshall Islands vs. the Nine Nuclear Nations

Tuesday 20 November Lunch seminar @ Humanity House (10 euros, incl. lunch), 12:00 – 13:30Source

The Marshall Islands may seem like a tropical paradise, but in reality it is a big nuclear disaster. Serving as nuclear testing ground, where multiple nuclear bombs were detonated, the islands’ population suffers the consequences of health, cultural and environmental damage.



Researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University (EUR) dr. Jeff Handmaker, Prof. dr. Karin Arts and Prof. dr. Irene van Staveren have published an article that outlines their concerns about the legality and economic risk of investments held by the Dutch pension fund ABP.

ABP, the largest pension fund in the Netherlands, is implicated in serious violations of international law and human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories through its investments in certain financial institutions and companies.

Original English publication:  Jeff Handmaker, Karin Arts and Irene van Staveren, ‘Dutch firm’s settlement investments violate the law and must end’, The Electronic Intifada, 18 February 2014

Dutch version: Jeff Handmaker, Karin Arts en Irene van Staveren, ‘ABP investeringen in illegale nederzettingen zijn juridische en economische risico’s’, Nederlands versie: 25 februari 2014.

Version published in Financieele Dagblad (ingezonden brief), “ABP en Nederzettingen”


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