News
26 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
ackermann 300   Last week, IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann gave an interview to Süddeutsche Zeitung concerning the recent attack on a UN aid convoy in Syria. Tobias critically assessed the attack and possible consequences for its perpetrators from an international legal perspective. You can access the article by following the [link]

SEPTEMBER 2016

   
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We would like to cordially invite you to the conference:

"Protecting the Unprotected: Humanitarian Action and Human Rights after the World Humanitarian Summit"
21 – 22 September 2016

Situation Kunst – KUBUS, Nevelstr. 29c, 44795 Bochum, Germany

Please follow the [link] for more information and the programme. If you would like to attend the conference, we kindly ask you to register with your full name and organization (if applicable) via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Participation is free.

 


20 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
ramsahye 300   Last week, IFHV research associate Robin Ramsahye presented his PhD outline, plans for case studies and first research findings during our monthly doctoral colloqium. In his thesis on "The Human Right to Land", Robin examines existing land rights in the domestic and international legal spheres, before assessing the dogmatic background, normative content and practical implications of a possible international human right to land. 

SEPTEMBER 2016

   
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Job advertisement: Secretary

The IFHV is currently looking for a secretary (payment according to TV-L E 6, 19,915 hours/week) from 1 November 2016 (permanent contract). The deadline for applications is 16 September 2016.

For further information please see the job advertisement [link].


16 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
ackermann 300   Last week, IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann spoke at the annual conference on "The Diversity of Human Rights", held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Tobias's presentation, given within the framework of this year's theme "Human Rights and Security”, was entitled “On the effects of armed conflict and occupation on property guarantees as established by human rights and investment law”.
You can find more information on the programme [here].

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   New Publication on Knowledge-based Humanitarian Action
Prof. Dennis Dijkzeul co-published an article on knowledge-based action in humanitarian crises togehter with Prof. Dorothea Hilhorst, Prof. Peter Walker, and Volker Gerdesmeier in Caritas International's publication on impact measurement. To read the article, please follow the [link].

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
hofmann 300   Research associate Laura Hofmann authored an article in the latest issue of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies (JIHLS). You can find her article, entitled “Strengthening the principle of distinction? A critical appraisal of the ICRC’s continuous combat function”, [here].

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
luelf 300   IFHV Research Associate Charlotte Luelf gave a presentation on 'International Law Responses to Terrorism' at the seminar 'Wars against Terror' in Cologne. This event took place from 9 to 11 September and was organized by the GRÜNE JUGEND, the Green Party's youth organization.

5 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
nohaip   Today marks the start of the NOHA International Association of UniversitiesIntensive Programme, where students from the next NOHA class meet at NOHA Warsaw to begin their studies with an introduction to international humanitarian action.
We want to welcome all of the new students and hope they have a fun and productive #IP this week!

31 AUGUST 2016

   
heintze 300   Last week's Summer School on International Humanitarian Law in Berlin was a great success!
Organized by the German Red Cross General Secretariat (DRK-Generalsekretariat) and the IFHV, it brought together 26 young jurists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Academics and practitioners provided the participants with an overview of the major aspects of the law of armed conflict.
The IFHV was represented by Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze, who spoke on the relationship between Human Rights Law and the Law of Armed Conflict.

29 AUGUST 2016

   
behlert 300  
We have just published a new Bofax from IFHV student assistant Benedikt Behlert on "Latest Developments in Yemen After the Suspension of Peace Talks". You can find it at [here].

22 AUGUST 2016

   
humanity   Looking back at #WorldHumanitarianDay at the IFHV on Friday, 19 August.

18 AUGUST 2016

   
wright 300   The IFHV would like to welcome its new research associate Will Wright, who will join the NOHA team.
Will completed the NOHA Master in Humanitarian Action in 2015 after semesters in Bochum and Dublin.
He subsequently worked at the NOHA General Secretariat in Brussels. We are glad to have you with us and are looking forward to working with you!

17 AUGUST 2016

   
cold war   We are happy to announce that "From Cold War to Cyber War - The Evolution of the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict over the last 25 Years" by Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze and Prof. Pierre Thielbörger (Eds.), published by Springer, is among the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook Collection in 2015.
The book analyzes new developments concerning the prohibition of the use of force, self-determination of peoples, human rights and human security as well as international coordination of humanitarian assistance.

Please follow the [link] for more information and options to purchase the book.


15 AUGUST 2016

   
Hei joburg k   Last week, Prof Heintze attended the 77th conference of the International Law Association in Johannesburg (South Africa) with the title "International law and state practice - is there a north-sourth divide?" The conference was an opportunity for academics and practitioners to ponder developments in relevant practice of states from both regions, regarding interpretation and application of international law in areas of mutual concern.
The organizers aimed to attract participants from all regions of the world, some of which are under-represented in the work and membership of the ILA.
Prof. Heintze was especially interested in the presentations of African scholers on the contribution of African states to the development and implementation of International Humanitarian Law.

3 AUGUST 2016

   
fordham   The IFHV is the focal point for cooperation between the NOHA Network and Fordham University in New York City.
Last week, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, as director of NOHA Bochum, and Sophie Borel of the NOHA Secretariat met with Brendan Cahill, Executive Director of Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs.
Both sides agreed to intensify cooperation and discussed plans to establish a student and scholar exchange programme. As a first step to increase jointly conducted research, a Fordham scholar will also join the editorial board of NOHA's online Jounal on International Humanitarian Action.
We are looking forward to further projects with you!

2 AUGUST 2016

   
grashoff 300   We would like to thank IFHV Graduate Assistant Frieda Grashoff for her oustanding work over the last four years and wish her all the best for the future. It has been a pleasure to work with you and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

1 AUGUST 2016

   
SumSchool 2016   The IFHV Summer School "Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century" was held from July 25 to July 30 and concluded last Saturday. During the intensive, interdisciplinary programme, a diverse group of 28 German and international students attended lectures, seminars and exercises.
Topics included the humanitarian system's role in alleviating current crises and several public international law themes, with a focus on armed conflict, criminal law, water and sanitation, as well as the plight of refugees and internally displaced people.The students applied and extended their knowledge during a two-day simulation exercise on a fictitious humanitarian crisis. The programme ended with a Career Panel, in which humanitarian practitioners provided students with insights on their organizations and career advice in humanitarian action. We would like to thank RUB's inSTUDIES for generously funding this year's Summer School.

25 JULY 2016

   
thielboerger 300   A new piece by Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielboerger on the possibilities of rehabilitation and compensation of gay men, convicted under former paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code ("Jetzt wird es ernst: Zur Rehabilitierung und Entschädigung von nach § 175 StGB verurteilten Männern"), has been published.
Thielbörger analyzes similarities and differences between a recently published expert opinion by Prof. Dr. Martin Burgi, on the constitutionality of such an endeavour, and a new concept paper by the German Federal Ministry of Justice on a corresponding law.
Please follow this [link] to access the piece

20 JULY 2016

   
hjh kb daad   On 7 and 8 of July, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and research associate Katharina Behmer attended the German Academic Exchange Service's (DAAD) eigth network conference, held in Bonn. The conference offers interested students the opportunity to get in touch with the representatives of more than 70 DAAD offices all over the world and to receive information on exchange options in selected countries.

18 JULY 2016

   
heintze 300   A new textbook on "International Law and Transnational Organized Crime", edited by Pierre Hauck and Sven Peterke, has just been published by Oxford University Press.
Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze and research associate Charlotte Lülf contributed to the book with a chapter on "The UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficing in Persons 2000". Prof. Pierre Thielbörger authored a chapter entitled "The International Law of the Use of Force and Transnational Organised Crime".

Please follow the [link] for more information


15 JULY 2016

   
hakimi   On 13 July, Prof. Baryalai Hakimi of Kabul University spoke at a guest lecture at the IFHV. The presentation, entitled "The Post-War Constitution Of Afghanistan: A Way Towards Stability?" was organized in cooperation with the Institute for Mining and Energy Law.
Prof. Hakimi outlined some of the most important Afghan constitutional provisions and explained how widespread corruption is impeding their successful implementation.

14 JULY 2016

   
fenrich 300   On 12 July, IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich presented research findings of her PhD project during our monthly doctoral colloqium. In her thesis, "The Unexpected Effectiveness of Alternative Human Rights Mechanisms", Katrin Fenrich examines the procedure of diplomatic protection, the compensational practice of international criminal courts and international human rights law mechanisms for undiscovered potential. She thereby seeks to provide input for a more effective protection of Human Rights.

13 JULY 2016

   
ifhv logo   On 5 July, Dr. Jürgen Clemens of Malteser International gave a presentation on his experience at this year's World Humanitarian Summit, held in Istanbul.
The talk preceded the IFHV board of trustee's annual reunion.
It was followed by a lively discussion on the attitudes of NGOs towards the summit, engaging IFHV staff and members of the board of trustees, many of whom work for NGOs in the humanitarian aid sector.

13 JULY 2016

   
ifhv ibe   Presentation (in English) on:

THE POST-WAR CONSTITUTION OF AFGHANISTAN:
A WAY TOWARDS STABILITY?

Assoc. Prof. Baryalai Hakimi

Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Kabul University Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 6 p.m.
IFHV-Seminarraum, Bochumer Fenster, 4. OG
Massenbergstr. 13 B, 44787 Bochum

We kindly ask you to register via E-Mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

12 JULY 2016

   
thielboerger 300   Last week, Professor Dr. Pierre Thielbörger and several of our research associates together with about 30 students of RUB’s Faculty of Law went on an excursion to Berlin. The trip was part of Professor Thielbörger's seminar in international law.
Students participated in a Q&A session with Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Federal Parliament and visited the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), the German Institute for Human Rights (Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte), law firm Hengeler Mueller as well as the Hertie School of Governance. We would like to thank all of our hosts for giving our students the opportunity to gain insights into their important work!

11 JULY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On 29 and 30 June, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, Prof. Dr. Katrin Radtke and Katharina Behmer, attended the conference "Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Herausforderungen der Forschung zu humanitärer Hilfe" at Siegen University. Participants disussed current developments and challenges of humanitarian aid research from an interdisciplinary social science perspective, with a focus on recent publications on the relationship between practice research and theory. In this vein, Prof. Dijkzeul and Prof. Radtke provided initial inputs for a roundtable discussion on humanitarian practice research.

6 JULY 2016

   
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Professor Pierre Thielbörger, together with Professor Mark Dawson (Professor of European Law and Governance at the Hertie School of Governance), has published an article on the Brexit.

Please follow the [link] to access the article on the Hertie School Blog.


5 JULY 2016

   
heintze 300   From 27 to 30 June, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and IFHV research associate Charlotte Lülf participated in the Common Effort Exercise 2016 on the civil-military assessment of the ongoing crisis in Libya at the NATO Cimic-Centre of Excellence (CCOE).
This year's simulation dealt with the strategic engagement with foreign, military and nonmilitary organisations, including the 1 German Netherlands Corps (1 GNC) and the IFHV and closed on 30 June with a ceremony at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
On that same day, Charlotte Lülf and IFHV research associate Katharina Behmer also attended the CCOE'S Change of Command Ceremony. Colonel Wolfgang Paulik was named new Director, in the presence of delegates of the EU, the Diplomatic Corps, the Allied Joint Forced Command Brunssum, the 1 GNC and humanitarian organisations.
Please follow the [link] for more information.

4 JULY 2016

   
thielboerger 300   On 27 and 28 June, 2016, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielboerger gave two presentations on the possibilities of rehabilitation and compensation for gay men convicted under former paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code ("Rehabilitierung und Entschädigung nach Paragraph 175 verurteilter Männer"). These options are currently being discussed by the German government. Prof. Thielboerger's talk focused on the legal situation under German constitutional and public international law.
The presentations were held in Bad Urach, as part of the conference "Späte Rehabilitierung", conducted by the University of Stuttgart, the Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld and the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

JUNE 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE

Summer School 'Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century'

The 2016 summer school will be held between 25 and 30 July.
You can find more information on the annual summer school [here]. The summer school is graciously funded by inSTUDIES, a Ruhr University project aimed at supporting students in creating an individual profile to succeed in their studies and the transfer to the job market.

25 JUNE 2016

   
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You can now find more information on the IFHV's four recently launched research clusters (International Humanitarian Law+, Refugees & Vulnerable Groups, Networks & Organizations in Humanitarian Crises,  Humanitarian Governance) on our website.

Please follow the [link] for details


20 JUNE 2016

   
meis 300   Mareike Meis has published an article on how media aesthetics and public discourse interact in the perception and interpretation of conflicts as crises using the example of mobile phone videos disseminated via YouTube during the Syrian civil war.

Please follow the [link] to access a free abstract and the full article:

Meis, Mareike (2016): When is a conflict a crisis? On the aesthetics of the Syrian civil war in a social media context. In: Media, War and Conflict. First published on June 15, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1750635216653903.

20 JUNE 2016

   
radtke 300   Prof. Dr. Katrin Radtke represented the IFHV as a new member of the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC), at the global partners' meeting on 14-15 June 2016 hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. The purpose of her visit was to strengthen the collaboration between gFSC and the NOHA programme on curriculum development and training for students as well as determining possible ways of including NOHA students in practice-oriented research activities carried out by the gFSC and its partners.
Prof. Radtke interacted with Mr Rajendra Aryal, Senior Programme Advisor of FAO, and Ms Andrea Düchting, seconded staff from Welthungerhilfe, both members of gFSC Global Support Team on different areas of possible collaboration.
Please follow the [link] for more information on this meeting.

15 JUNE 2016

   
lueder   On 14 June, the association "Friends of the IFHV" ("Verein zur Förderung der Forschung und Lehre zum Friedenssicherungsrecht und zum Humanitären Völkerrecht e.V.") elected its new board.
Dr. Sascha Rolf Lüder (dissemination officer for the German Red Cross in North Rhine-Westphalia) set off the board meeting with a presentation on the importance of cooperation between the German Red Cross and the academic sector in transmitting knowledge on humanitarian law.
Ina Scharrenbach, member of the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia was then elected chairperson of the board. Other board members are: Matthias Conrad, Christoph Schlütermann (both German Red Cross), Katharina Behmer and Charlotte Luelf (both IFHV).
Interested in becoming a member and supporting 'Friends of the IFHV'?
Visit: http://www.ifhv.de/index.php/partners/friends-of-the-ifhv

13 JUNE 2016

   
ackermann 300   Last weekend, IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann gave a presentation entitled „Die Auswirkungen bewaffneter Konflikte auf den internationalen Investitionsschutz“ (The implications of armed conflict on the international investment protection regime).
He provided an ovierview over the currently underresearched ramifications armed conflicts may have on the status and application of investment treaties. The one-hour talk, including a discussion, was an item on the programme of the 17th graduate reunion on international economic law, held on 11 and 12 June at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.

Please follow the [link] for more information on this presentation.

10 JUNE 2016

   
luelf 300   This week, research associate Charlotte Lülf gave a presentation on "War refugees - Climate refugees - Migrants? A challenge to our world's moral and legal obligations" at the Law and Society Annual Conference "AT THE DELTA: Belonging, Place and Visions of Law and Social Change" in New Orleans.

8 JUNE 2016

   
nohalogo   This week, NOHA students from the University of Groningen and the IFHV are taking part in a simulation exercise in Brussels‬. The students assume the roles of different humanitarian actors in the context of a crisis situation. The exercise is an important opportunity for the students to gain a practical understanding of the complexities of handling diverse stakeholders with diverging interests. We would like to wish all NOHA students a great time in Brussels!

8 JUNE 2016

   
weissert 300   We would like to thank IFHV research associate Markus Weissert for his contributiuons to our Institute over the last year and wish him all the best. It has been a pleasure to work with you and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

3 JUNE 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   The first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organizations. Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, together with several other scholars from all over the world, signed a statement for the WHS on the role of research in humanitarian crises, including aid, policy and evaluation.
Please follow the [link] to access the statement.

MAY 2016

   
huber klein   Due to illness, Prof. Huber will not be able to give the lecture. 
It will presumably take place in July. We will announce the new date in due time.

We would like to invite you to the 6th guest lecture of the IFHV Lecture Series on International Law. "Völkerrechtsfreundlichkeit des Grundgesetzes"
("Openness of the German Constitution to International Law")
Richter des Bundesverfassungsgerichts Prof. Dr. Peter M. Huber
(Justice of the German Federal Constitutional Court)

Thursday, 02 June 2016, 16:00–18:00

Host institution:
Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr University Bochum
Venue:

Blue Square (Center of Bochum), 3rd floor, room 02

Ruhr University Bochum, Kortumstr. 90, 44787 Bochum
The lecture will be held in German.
Informal registration via email is appreciated.

More information can be found in the poster [link].


30 MAY 2016

   
rosenow williams 300   We would like to thank IFHV research associate Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams for her oustanding work over the last five years and wish her all the best for her new position at UNICEF. It has been a pleasure to work with you and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

30 MAY 2016

   
ackermann 300   On Wednesday, 25 May, IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann gave a presentation on "The Effects of Armed Conflicts on Bilateral Investment Treaties" at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in Haifa, Israel.

Please follow the [link] for more information on this event.


29 MAY 2016

   
heike montag   We would like to congratulate Heike Montag on the successful defense of her doctoral thesis at the IFHV on 25 May!
Entitled „Pflichten des Sicherheitsrates und der Mitgliedstaaten der Vereinten Nationen zur Friedenskonsolidierung“ [Peacebuilding Obligations of the Security Council and the Member States of the United Nations], the dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr Adelheid Puttler and Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze.

Please follow the [link] for more information on Heike Montag's PhD topic


27 MAY 2016

   
behmer 300   We would like to congratulate IFHV research associate Katharina Behmer, who received this year's
NOHA teaching award in recognition of her outstanding work. The recipient of the NOHA teaching award is determined on the base of a vote, conducted by all NOHA students enrolled at the IFHV during the current and the preceding semester.

24 MAY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On 23 May, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul gave an interview to Nordwestradio on the expectations for and possible outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit, the largest international forum to discuss humanitarian aid, which is currently taking place in Istanbul.

Please follow the [link] to access the interview

24 MAY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   Last week, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul gave an interview to the online magazine "Spektrum der Wissenschaft - Die Woche" on the reasons for the rising number of conflicts in today's world. The interview has now been published as the main topic of the journal's online-edition.

Please follow the [link] for more information.

23 MAY 2016

   
kick start   On 16-18 May 2016, the IFHV and its partners gathered in Dublin at the kick-start meeting for the new Horizon 2020 project "Preparedness and Resilience to adress Urban Violence (Pruv)". Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze and research associates Laura Hofmann and Charlotte Lüllf together with representatives of project partners, among others the Universities of Deusto, Groningen, Dublin and Ghadja Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and international and local non-governmental partners defined objectives and research steps for the upcoming 4 years.

20 MAY 2016

   
page 001   The report "ONE HUMANITY: Shared Responsibility - A European Perspective" has just been published. It is a product of the European Humanitarian Roundtables, a series of consultations co-organised by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) across Europe in February & March 2016. The roundtables served as a build up to this year's World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

Please follow this [link] to access the report.


17 MAY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On 13 May 2016, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul has given an interview to "Spektrum" about his research on conflicts and humanitarian crises. The main question was whether war has become more profitable in economic and/or political terms.

The interview can be found at [here]

 


12 MAY 2016

   
heintze 300   Yesterday Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze attended a Policy Lunch at the Permanent Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union in Brussels. The meeting was organised by the Development and Peace Foundation, in anticipation of the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Prof. Heintze provided input on the EU's role at the WHS. Please follow the [link] for more information on this event

11 MAY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On January  22, 2016 Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul participated in the expert meeting 'Local and International Capacities in eastern DRC', which took place in The Hague.
An article that highlights some of the main issues of the meeting has now been published on the website of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN). Please follow the [link] to access the article

11 MAY 2016

   
heintze 300   Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze is the author of the newest Global Governance Spotlight, published this week by the Development and Peace Foundation.
In "Der Weltgipfel für Humanitäre Hilfe. Triumpf der Menschlichkeit?", Prof. Heintze explains the process of consultations that preceded the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). He then analyzes the report of the United Nations Secretary General on the WHS, as well as his proposal "Agenda for Humanity" - the core document up for discussion during this year's WHS, to be held in Istanbul on 23, 24 May. Prof. Heintze concludes with an outlook for the prospective role of the EU during the summit.

You can access and download the Global Governance Spotlight for free by following the [link]


9 MAY 2016

   
eiuc   The IFHV would like to congratulate Prof. Zdzislaw Kedzia (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan) on his election as President of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice. The Ruhr University is a founding member of the EIUC and will continue to actively participate in the centre's European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA), especially as regards teaching in the fields of human security and international humanitarian law. Adela Antosova, Ana Lopes und Lucie Tosovska, three E.MA students, who are currently spending their second semester of the programme at the IFHV also extend warm congratulations to Prof. Kedzia at their home institution.

9 MAY 2016

   
nohalogo   This month, leaders from politics, development and humanitarian action will meet at the
first World Humanitarian Summit in ‪Istanbul‬ and ‪NOHA‬ will be among them!
Find out more about the United Nations led summit to ‪ReShapeAid‬ &‪ ShareHumanity‬ by visiting: https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/

6 MAY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   Miriam Amine, a PhD student, supervised by Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul at the IFHV and the RUB Social Science School, has just published the results of a country wide Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Survey in Myanmar as well as a baseline report for the German Myanmar Programme on Sustainable Economic Development at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval).
This baseline study examines the pre-intervention situation in the fields of private and financial sector development, vocational education and quality infrastructure and is based on extensive data collection in the country such as an enterprise survey including 2500 SME in 11 cities throughout Myanmar, 59 key informant interviews and a comprehensive literature review.
Please follow the [link] for more information on both publications.

4 MAY 2016

   
lamm 2   The IFHV would like to welcome its two new student assistants, Maximilian Bertamini and Theresa Bosl. Maximilian and Theresa were both members of RUB's 2016 Jessup International Law Moot Court team, which advanced to the competition's international rounds and secured a spot among the world's 32 best teams.
We are glad to have you with us and are looking forward to working with you.

4 MAY 2016

   
heintze 300   In his capacity as a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze participated in the award ceremony for the price "Courage beim Atomausstieg" to the former Japanese Prime Minister H.E. Naozo Kan. After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, then Prime Minister Kan had argued in favor of a nuclear power phase-out for Japan, a position that eventually led him to resign from office.   
The price was awarded by the city of Frankfurt am Main and the Protestant Church of Hesse in the Imperial Hall of the Römer (Frankfurt City Hall).

3 MAY 2016

   
Schoelmerich Axel MN 05   On 2nd of May, the Rector of Ruhr University Bochum, Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich, and IFHV Executive Director Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, signed the institute's new target agreement ("Zielvereinbarung") for the years 2016-2018.
It establishes the IFHV's scientific goals for this period. The new "Zielvereinbarung" will be published on both the rectorate's and the IFHV's websites shortly. The institute looks forward to close cooperation with the new rectorate in the coming years.

3 MAY 2016

   
HuVI Titelseite 12016   JILPAC 1/2016 has just been published. Please click here [Link] for more on information on this issue's content.

2 MAY 2016

   
heintze 300   On April 28, Prof Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze presented the Horizon 2020 project "Preparedness and Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability" during an IFHV research cluster meeting on refugees and vulnerable groups.
For this interdisciplinary endeavour, Ruhr University Bochum will be partnering with the University of Groningen (head of project), University College Dublin, Universidad de Deusto, Universitas Gadjah Mada, as well as private partners Concern Worldwide, Future Analytics and Plan International Limited.
During the meeting, IFHV staff with legal, international relations, political science and social science backgrounds discussed ways for meaningful participation in the project.

APRIL 2016

   
cfa noha scholoarships  

New scholarships available for the 2016/2017 NOHA Master´s

The application form for the 2016/2017 NOHA Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action is now open: [link]
We are pleased to announce that a number of new scholarships are now available for students applying for a place on the NOHA Master’s Programme at Ruhr University Bochum. The call for applications can be accessed [here].
You can find more information on the NOHA Master's Programme on the NOHA website and (especially concerning the NOHA Master's at Ruhr University Bochum) on our website.

APRIL 2016

   
flyer drk kurs 2016   Applicationphase for Summerschool on International Humanitarian Law
For the 22nd time, the IFHV and the German Red Cross will offer a Summerschool on International Humanitarian Law, which will take place the 21-27 August 2016 in Berlin.  [link]

APRIL 2016

   
noha cfa   Ruhr University Bochum is pleased to announce that the 2016/2017 NOHA Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action is now accepting applications. Please note that scholarships are available for students who have applied for a place on the NOHA Master’s Programme at Ruhr University Bochum. [PDF]

APRIL 2016

   
noha twitter   Want to become a humanitarian aid worker or work at a humanitarian organisation? Apply now! The application deadline for the NOHA Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) has been extended to 30 April 2016! Further information and the application form can be found at [link]

28 APRIL 2016

   
wiesener 300   IFHV post-doctoral researcher Dr. Cornelius Wiesener gave a presentation on the possiblity of derogations from extra territorial human rights obligations at the IFHV research colloquium to his fellows and interested guests.
Cornelius' findings on this issue were a result of his broader research for his PhD on "The Application and Interplay of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in Peace Operations, with a Particular Focus on the Use of Force". The project was supervised by Prof. Dr. Martin Scheinin at the European University Institute in Florence.

27 APRIL 2016

   
verabschiedung fischer   The IFHV held an informal reception for Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer on the occasion of his retirement on Monday, April 25th. Prof. Fischer played a major role in the 1988 inception of the IFHV. Despite his numerous obligations, among others as Director of the Brussels branch of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Professor at Leiden University and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, as well as his presidency of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice, he has always remained in contact with the Institute.
We would like to thank Prof. Fischer for his many important contributions to the IFHV and wish him all the best for the future.

26 APRIL 2016

   
thielboerger 300   For the next three years, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger will serve as new President of the General Assembly of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). The election took place on 22nd April, in Brussels. Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger follows Prof. Marie-José Domestici-Met in this prestigious position. The General Assembly is the highest authority within the NOHA Association; it is made up of one representative from each of the member universities. The RUB and the IFHV would like to congratulate Prof. Thielbörger on his election and are looking forward to further fruitful cooperation with our NOHA partners.

25 APRIL 2016

   
image2ackermann   IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann gave a presentation at the Bucerius Law Journal Conference on International Investment Law & Arbitration, held on April 22nd and 23rd in Hamburg.
In six panels, researchers from around the world discussed topical issues of investment law and arbitration. Tobias' presentation on 'General Exception Clauses in International Investment Agreements: A Case for Systemic Integration?', was part of a panel on the "Right to Regulate" moderated by R. Doak Bishop (King & Spalding). The corresponding conference paper is to be published in the Bucerius Law Journal. The conference was organized by the Bucerius Law Journal in collaboration with Neil Kaplan QC CBE SBS, R. Doak Bishop, and the German Institution for Arbitration – Young Division (DIS40).
Please follow the link for details: http://law-journal.de/symposium/.

25 APRIL 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On Friday, April 22, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul gave a lecture at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on the background, content and criticism of the UN Secretary General's recent report "One Humanitary: Shared Responsibility". The report was issued for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, which is going to take place in Istanbul on May 23-24 2016.

20 APRIL 2016

   
wiesener 300   The IFHV would like to warmly welcome its new post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Cornelius Wiesener, to the Institute. Dr. Wiesener holds a B.A. in International Relations from the TU Dresden as well as an LL.M. degree from the NUI Galway (Ireland). Most recently, he completed his PhD in law at the European University Institute in Florence on "The Application and Interplay of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law in Peace Operations, with a Particular Focus on the Use of Force" and worked as an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Law.
In Bochum, Dr. Wiesener will be working on several research projects and as a lecturer for the NOHA Masters in Humanitarian Action.

19 APRIL 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   Prof. Dennis Dijkzeul made a research trip to Geneva on April 13 and 14 to discuss two projects. The first one, in cooperation with "CERAH Genève" (Centre d'enseignment et de recherche en action humanitaire de Genève) entails the creation of an "Encyclopedia of Humanitarian Action". A large research project, it will offer a conceptual framework and dynamic platform for academics, practitioners, affected community leaders and policy makers to reflect on humanitarian concepts and practice for the 21st century. The second project involves "Here Geneva", a thinktank, and focuses on exploring the ways in which the mandates of humanitarian organizations influence their roles and impact in crisis situations.

13 APRIL 2016

   
heintze 300   On April 2nd, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke on the issues of compensation claims and enforcement mechanisms in International Humanitarian Law. His presentations were part of a seminar conducted by the German Red Cross Chapter for the State of Hesse, aimed at junior and senior legal practitioners.

12 APRIL 2016

   
thielboerger 300   Researchers of the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, among them Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, have been granted 2,72 million Euros of funding for the research and study programme „Brave New World: Security of People in cyberspace” by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The transdisciplinary program allows for PhD students in engineering, natural sciences, the humanities as well as social sciences to cooperate with practitioners in order to conduct research on social challenges in the cyber context. Aiming at improving cyber security, RUB researchers will cooperate with the Dortmund Technical University and the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Please follow the link below for more information: http://aktuell.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/pm2016/pm00041.html.de

12 APRIL 2016

   
heintze 300   The World Humanitarian Summit in Instanbul (23-24 May) is coming up.
German and international NGOs are currently conducting a number of initiatives leading up to this important event. In this context, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze participated in a Pre-Summit-Information Workshop of the Malteser International relief agency in Cologne last week, speaking on several issues in Humanitarian Action of relevance to the upcoming summit.

11 APRIL 2016

   
luelf 300   IFHV research associates Katharina Behmer and Charlotte Lülf gave a presentation on the active participation of refugees in host societies from an international humanitarian aid perspective.
The presentation was part of the Catholic University of Applied Science's discussion forum on the empowerment of refugees, held in Aachen on April 7th. The discussants explored initiatives to encourage participation of refugees in tackling societal problems, such as integration of other refugees and migrants.

3 APRIL 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul taught a course at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, New York City, on the humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The first part of the course covered the history of the DRC and discussed the historical roots of corruption and the many armed conflicts in the country. The second part of the course centered on the role of humanitarian organizations in the public health system and discussed the limited extent to which these organizations can help to rebuild the DRC's war-torn society.

1 APRIL 2016

   
bofax   New Bofax 486D

A new bofax from Robin Ramsahye and Luisa Skudlarek has been published. Robin Ramsahye and Luisa Skudlarek:  "Das Urteil des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs gegen Jean-Pierre Bemba. Verstärkte Rechtssicherheit bei der Bekämpfung von Sexualverbrechen?".
['The verdict of the International Criminal Court against Jean-Pierre Bemba: A step towards stronger legals security in addressing sexual crimes?']. [PDF]

31 MARCH 2016

   
bofax   New Bofax 485D

A new bofax from Theresa Stollmann has been published. Theresa Stollmann:  "Syrien 5 Jahre nach Beginn des Bürgerkriegs. Bringen die Friedensgespräche neue Impulse?".
['Syria 5 years after the beginning of its Civil War: New impulses through current peace talks?'][PDF]

30 MARCH 2016

   
cup   IFHV research associates Tobias Ackermann and Robin Ramsahye, former participants of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, serve as judges of the International Rounds of the Jessup Competition currently taking place in Washington DC. Placed third in the German National Rounds in Munich, Ruhr-University Bochum is also represented in Washington by a team of five students coached by the Chair of Professor Dr. Adelheid Puttler

29 MARCH 2016

   
ackermann 300   On March 22, 2016, IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann launched the new IFHV research cluster “International Humanitarian Law+”, one of four research clusters established in order to foster the exchange of knowledge at the IFHV. His presentation dealt with a paper he had written together with IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich and presented at Yale Law School’s 2015 Doctoral Scholarship Conference. Entitled “Flexibility in International Law”, this paper addresses modern approaches to international law with regard to international treaties and customary international law, using a case study of the human right to privacy.

24 MARCH 2016

   
heintze 300   Prof. Dr. Heintze has published two articles in German language on the norm of self-determination of peoples. The first article, published by the Walter-Schücking-Institute Kiel, deals with the rights of indigenous peoples. The second one is devoted to theory and practice of self-determination. Both articles are based on presentations given during two conferenes in Kiel and Innsbruck. Heintze, H.-J.: "Indigene Völker als Träger kollektiver Rechte - Kampf um die Zuerkennung des Selbstbestimmungsrechts", in: Nele Matz-Lück, Der Status von Gruppen im Völkerrecht, Veröffentlichungen des Walther-Schücking-Instituts für Internationales Recht an der Universität Kiel, Volume 194, Duncker&Humblot, Berlin 2016, p. 71-97; Heintze, H.-J.: "Selbstbestimmungsrecht als Herausforderung des souveränitätsorientierten Völkerrechts", in: Peter Hilpold (ed.) Autonomie und Selbstbestimmung in Europa und im internationalen Vergleich, Nomos, Baden-Baden 2016, p. 50-67.

21 MARCH 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   Together with Prof. Dr. Dorothea Hilhorst, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul has published a chapter on the instrumentalization of humanitarian action. The authors address the difficult question to which extent humanitarian action needs to be instrumentalized in order to achieve some cooperation by other actors involved in a humanitarian crisis. They distinguish different ways to deal with such instrumentalization in different types of crises. The chapter is part of an edited volume that addresses the challenges of cooperation in humanitarian crises, in which authors, such as Tom Weiss and David Chadler, discuss the problems and opportunities for cooperation in crisis areas. The basis for this volume was laid at the international conference entitled "Humanitarianism and Changing Cultures of Cooperation", which took place from 5–7 June 2014 and was jointly organised by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Duisburg and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen.
Dijkzeul, D. and Hilhorst, D. (2016) 'Instrumentalisation of Aid in Humanitarian Crises: Obstacle or Precondition for Cooperation?' pp. 54-71, Heins, V.M., Koddenbrock K., and Unrau, C. (eds.) (2016) Humanitarianism and Challenges of Cooperation, Routledge, London and New York.

17 MARCH 2016

   
wcaddis   The 4th bi-annual International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) World Conference on Humanitarian Studies was held in Addis Ababa from 5 - 8 March 2016. Under the leitmotif “Changing Crises and the Quest for Adequate Solutions”, a large and diverse number of experts on humanitarian studies from both academia and practice debated current issues and possible solutions affecting the humanitarian world in 53 panels.
IFHV professors Pierre Thielbörger, Dennis Dijkzeul, Hans Joachim Heintze and Katrin Radtke as well as research associates Katharina Behmer, Laura Hofmann and Robin Ramsahye participated in the conference, acting as panel chairs and panelists.

17 MARCH 2016

   
cannataci 2   Prof. Joseph Cannataci (University of Malta & University of Groningen) gave a presentation at the IFHV on “the Right to Privacy after Wikileaks and Snowden” on Tuesday, 15 March before an audience of about 50 people, including students and professors.
“If there is a chip in it, I am interested”. Having thus proclaimed his passion for the topic of privacy in the digital age, Prof. Cannataci went on to pose the question whether privacy is an end in itself or rather a means to an end. Conscious of the absence of any accepted legal definition of the term privacy, he then laid out some of the most important aspects of this right, also referring to a few of the underlying technical issues. Lastly, he gave an overview of his 10 point plan to address the most pressing concerns as regards privacy in the light of current events. Following the presentation, a lively discussion ensued.
We would like to thank Prof. Cannataci for his visit and are looking forward to welcoming Professor Dr. Peter M. Huber, Judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court for this semester’s third guest lecture on 2 June at 4pm at the IFHV.

4 MARCH 2016

   
cannataci   Dear all,
We would like to invite you to the 5th guest lecture of the IFHV Lecture Series on International Law.

"The Right to Privacy after Snowden and Wikileaks"
Prof. Dr. Joe Cannataci (UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 10:00–12:00

Venue:
Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)
IFHV lecture room (4.46–47)
Ruhr University Bochum
Bochumer Fenster (Center of Bochum)
Massenbergstr. 9 B
44787 Bochum

More information can be found in the poster [link]


3 MARCH 2016

   
heintze 300   The open access "Journal of International Humanitarian Action" is now online. It is published by Springer.com and Prof. Dr. Heintze acts as editor in chief. The journal can be purchased [here].

2 MARCH 2016

   
behlert 300   RUB's team at this year's Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition placed third in the German national rounds in Munich (25-27 February 2016). With this great success, the five students qualified for the international rounds in Washington DC end of March 2016. The team is coached by the Chair of Professor Dr. Adelheid Puttler, supported by the Centre for International Affairs (ZfI). IFHV student assistant Benedikt Behlert, who is one of five team members, was awarded one of four best oralist awards honoring his outstanding rhetorical skills as third best speaker in the competition. The IFHV congratulates both the team and the coaches for their great success and wishes the best of luck in Washington! 

27 FEBRUARY 2016

   
noha student conference   On February 26, The NOHA course module "Legal Institutions" concluded with the student conference on “Transitional Justice, Displacement and Protection in Humanitarian Emergencies”. Students were asked to present conference papers in four panels, simulating a real life academic conference. We would like to compliment all NOHA students for their papers and presentations, great job everyone!

26 FEBRUARY 2016

   
bofax   New Bofax 484E

A new bofax from Simon Gauseweg has been published. Simon Gauseweg:  "Targeting Hackers AFK. Civilian IT-Experts as Targets in Non-International Armed Conflicts". [PDF]

23 FEBRUARY 2016

   
noha den haag   The second semester NOHA students spent Wednesday and Thursday (17 and 18 February) in The Hague.
The field trip is part of  the course module "Legal Institutions" and includes visits to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court.

22 FEBRUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On 18 February, Prof. Dennis Dijkzeul gave a presentation on the importance of multidisciplinarity in the Summer School "Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century". Organized annually by the IFHV, the summer school offers participants insights into organizational, sociological and legal aspects of humanitarian crises as well as information about career prospects in the field of humanitarian aid. The 2016 summer school is going to to be held between 25 and 30 July.
You can find more information on the annual summer school [here]. The summer school is graciously funded by inSTUDIES, a Ruhr University project aimed at supporting students in creating an individual profile to suceed in their studies and the transfer to the job market. Prof. Dijkzeul's presentation was given as part of inSTUDIE's ongoing discussion rounds to enhance the quality of teaching at Ruhr University.

21 FEBRUARY 2016

   
2016 02 19   On 18-19 February, the annual training seminar "Disseminating the Geneva Conventions" was jointly organized by the IFHV, the German Red Cross Regional branches of North Rhine and Westphalia-Lippe (DRK Landesverbände) and the Ministry of Justice of North Rine-Westphalia in Münster.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Lülf, among others, gave presentations on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law and a Moot Court was held, involving junior lawyers, judges, as well as representatives of the German Armed Forces and the Red Cross.

17 FEBRUARY 2016

   
arnauld   On 16 February 2016, Professor Andreas von Arnauld (Walther-Schücking-Institute for International Law, University of Kiel) held a guest lecture entitled ‘The Islamic State: Thoughts on Statehood in Modern International Law'.
He elaborated on the controversial and topical question whether the Islamic State constitutes a State in the sense of international law, explained why this qualification matters and argued in favor of a pragmatic idealism when dealing with the crises in Syria and Iraq. The first guest lecture in 2016 attracted over 80 interested attendees, including professors of law and related fields, students of international law as well as external guests. The session concluded with an intense discussion of the threat posed by the Islamic State and the legality and feasibility of potential international reactions.The IFHV Lecture Series on International Law is kindly co-sponsored by RUB's Research School Plus and the Förderverein of the IFHV. The next lecture will be held by Professor Joe Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 15 March 2016 (10 am).

12 FEBRUARY 2016

   
noha twitter   The new NOHA semester at the IFHV has started this week. After the initial semester and module introductions, our 18 students and the IFHV staff got together for a meet-and-greet. During the course of the week, the students attended several lectures and discussion rounds on displacement as part of the module on legal institutions. The programme dealt with causes and consequences of forced migration, the ensuing problem of trauma, and refugee protection among others. We wish all NOHA students an enjoyable semester and a great time in Bochum!

12 FEBRUARY 2016

   
thielboerger 300   On February 10, 2016, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger gave a presentation at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (German acronym: IEE) at Ruhr University Bochum on the current refugee situation.
Prof. Thielbörger addressed some of the most pressing issues related to this topic, with a particular focus on the principle of non-refoulement. The talk was given as part of the IEE lecture cycle.

4 FEBRUARY 2016

   
arnault klein   We would like to invite you to our guest lecture on 'The Islamic State: Some Thoughts on Statehood in Modern International Law'.

"Der 'Islamische Staat': Einige Überlegungen zum modernen Völkerrecht"
Prof. Dr. Andreas von Arnauld (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel) [link]

Tuesday, 16 February 2016, 16:00-18:00


Lecture room EG/17
Ruhr University Bochum
Bochumer Fenster (Center of Bochum)
Massenbergstr. 11
44787 Bochum
The lecture will be held in German.

1 FEBRUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On 21 January 2016, Professor Dennis Dijkzeul participated in the International Expert Meeting on 'Local-International Capacity in Humanitarian Aid: Internally Displaced People in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo' in The Hague, The Netherlands. His presentation dealt with the dire situation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the different approaches that the NGOs and the UN System, whose peacekeeping forces carry out armed operations against rebels, have with regard to protecting the IDPs.
The meeting was organized by three Dutch humanitarian NGOs: Cordaid, MSF-Holland, and OXFAM-Novib. During the Dutch Humanitarian Summit, which was a preparation of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (May 2016), representatives of the organizing NGOs noticed that two positions "within the (I)NGO community on how to address the challenges it is currently facing: 1) The first school of thought focuses primarily on strengthening international capacity to safe-guard principled (humanitarian) aid [...] 2) The second school [...] focuses primarily on investing in (sustainable) national/local capacity and on strengthening cooperation among partners." Using the case of the IDPs in the eastern DRC, practitioners and scholars from the DRC, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany discussed ways to transcend or at least deal with these differences positively.

JANUARY 2016

   
shk2016  

Job advertisement: Student Assistant

The IFHV is currently looking for a student assistant commencing 1 April 2016.
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2016.

For further information please see the job advetisement. [link]


31 JANUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul 02   Professor Dennis Dijkzeul has published together with Professor William E. DeMars a chapter on how international relations theory hides NGO politics in a Spanish-language book on international organizations.
DeMars, William E. and Dijkzeul, Dennis (2016) 'Cómo la Teoría de Relaciones Internacionales Esconde la Política de las Organizaciones No Gubernamentales [How International Relations Theory Hides NGO Politics]', pp. 327-357, in: Zamudio, L., Arellano, D. and Culebro, J. (2016) Puentes, fronteras y murallas disciplinarias: en torno a las organizaciones internacionales, CIDE: Ciudad de México. [link]

26 JANUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On 26 January 2016, Professor Dennis Dijkzeul presented a lecture to the new PhD students of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of Ruhr University Bochum on Business Continuity Management in Humanitarian Crises. He emphasized that in situations where states are weak and cannot protect or provide sufficient services to people in need, humanitarian organizations increasingly work in a networked form in order to gain access and continue their work. Using several empirical cases, Professor Dijkzeul discussed the weaknesses and strengths of these networked approaches.

24 JANUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul 01   In 2014, Professor Dennis Dijkzeul was asked by the Inspectie Ontwikkelinssamenwerking en Beleidsevaluatie [Inspection Development Cooperation and Policy Evaluation] of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to act as an independent peer reviewer of the official evaluation of the Dutch humanitarian policy 2009-2014.On 20 January 2016, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Liliane Ploumen, sent the evaluation report Beleidsdoorlichting van de Nederlandse humanitaire hulp 2009-2014 to the Dutch parliament. The report assessed the impact, weaknesses and strengths of Dutch humanitarian policy and provides recommendations. The minister also wrote an official letter to the parliament explaining the extent to which the Dutch government agrees or disagrees with the report, and to what degree it can implement its recommendations. The Dutch parliament will now debate the report's outcomes and recommendations to improve the Dutch role in international humanitarian action. [link]

22 JANUARY 2016

   
duerr   On 20 January 2016, the IFHV awarded the Heiner Dürr Master Paper Prize to Ronja Keweloh for her Masterpaper 'Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Theory and Practice: A Case Study of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Asia'.
This paper was supervised by Dr. Thorsten Klose from the German Red Cross. It has been published as an IFHV Working Paper. The Prize is awarded in memory of Professor Heiner Dürr, who played an important role in the IFHV and developing the NOHA master program. The prize highlights the high relevance, empirical work and theoretical sophistication of the MA-Paper, and is awarded every two years. The prize-money is 1,000 €. Ronja Keweloh was awarded the Prize during a ceremony led by Professor Dennis Dijkzeul. She and the 2014 winner, Johannes Beck, also discussed their Master Papers with the NOHA students. Family members of Professor Dürr were present during the award ceremony.

JANUARY 2016

   
ausschreibung w1 prof en ifhv 2016 seite 1  

Job advertisement: W1-Professor for Global Governance and Humanitarian Action

The IFHV is currently looking for a W1-Professor for Global Governance and Humanitarian Action commencing 1 April 2016 or as early as possible. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016. For further information please see the job advertisement. [English] [German]

(UPDATE: The new deadline for applications is 31 January 2016!)




20 JANUARY 2016

   
thielboerger 300   On January 20, 2016, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger gave a presentation at the faculty of law of Ruhr University Bochum on the current refugee situation before an audience of law students and faculty staff. After outlining the international legal framework covering refugees, he addressed the unsettled situation of climate migrants and the legal implications of refugee operations on the high seas.
After the talk a lively discussion amongst the about 50 participants ensued, dealing among others with the stance of European Union Law on the current actions of EU member states as regards refugees.

15 JANUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul sezgin buch   Professor Dennis Dijkzeul (Professor of Conflict and Organization Research) and Dr. Zeynep Sezgin have published an edited volume on 'The New Humanitarians in International Practice: Emerging Actors and Contested Principles'.

Dennis, Dijkzeul & Sezgin, Zeynep (eds.) (2016) The New Humanitarians in International Practice: Emerging Actors and Contested Principles. Routledge: New York.

About the book:
As humanitarian needs continue to grow rapidly, humanitarian action has become more contested, with new actors entering the field to address unmet needs, but also challenging long-held principles and precepts. This volume provides detailed empirical comparisons between emerging and traditional humanitarian actors. It sheds light on why and how the emerging actors engage in humanitarian crises and how their humanitarian activities are perceived in their transnational organizational environment.

13 JANUARY 2016

   
6 hertwig   A new article by Dr Jana Hertwig, Post-Doctoral Researcher at IFHV, has been published:
„Kampfdrohnenpiloten und PTBS: Fürsorgepflicht des Staates bei psychischen Belastungen der Soldaten in der Bundeswehr“, in: Christof Gramm/Dieter Weingärtner (eds.), Moderne Waffentechnologie. Hält das Recht Schritt?, Nomos, 2015, pp. 178 ff. [Link]

13 JANUARY 2016

   
6 hertwig  

Dr. Jana Hertwig, Post-Doctoral Researcher at IFHV, is one of the authors of the policy paper (January 2016) „‘Weißbücher‘ haben ausgedient! Plädoyer für ein friedens- und sicherheitspolitisches Grundlagendokument der Bundesregierung“. [Link]


8 JANUARY 2016

   
dijkzeul 300  

Professor Dennis Dijkzeul gave a talk on the current refugee situation

On 16 December 2015, Professor Dennis Dijkzeul (Professor of Conflict and Organization Research) gave a talk on 'Humanitäre Krisen gestern und morgen' ['Humanitarian Crises Yesterday and Tomorrow'] within the scope of the RUB lecture cycle on the refugee situation. Professor Dijkzeul discussed in particular the dynamics and causes of humanitarian crises and gave an overview on global trends concerning flight and displacement. He underlined that the situation is indeed a challenge for Germany, but not a globally unique incident, and came to the conclusion that in future humanitarian crises will rather increase as well as the number of displaced people, not least due to climate change. The lecture cycle is commonly organized by the RUB faculties of Law, Social Science, and Management and Economics. The whole talk, which was given in German, can be watched [here].

5 JANUARY 2016

   
thielboerger 300   A new article by Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger and IFHV research associate Robin Ramsahye has just been published in the Journal of International Peace and Organization (Die Friedens-Warte). The article deals with the conscious use of information for the purpose of concealment, disinformation and propaganda in the hotly debated context of hybrid warfare. The authors propose a precise way of determining the threshold between legal and illegal use of information that may in certain cases amount to intervention or even the use of force. More information on "Hybrid Warfare: Between Cyber Attacks and Information Manipulation" can be found here  [Link]

 


23 DECEMBER 2015

   
ifhv logo   Job advertisementThe IFHV is looking for a postdoctoral researcher (payment according to TV-L E 13, 39,83 hours/week) from 1 March 2016 (limited to 3 years).  The deadline for applications is 31 December 2015. For further information please access this [link].

23 DECEMBER 2015

   
gruppe  
The IFHV wishes all its friends and partners a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We sincerely thank you for all the support you have given us this year. We are looking forward to continuing 
our cooperation with you in 2016.

With warm wishes, your IFHV team
 

21 DECEMBER 2015

   
jiha cfp2016  

JIHA Call for Papers

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action is welcoming articles for its first issue of 2016.
The deadline for the receipt of papers is 31 January 2016.

The Journal welcomes:
- Research articles providing an original contribution that deal with empirical findings or theoretical developments
- Commentaries that raise topical issues and reflect on current practices
- Reports from the field that highlight contemporary challenges from currently encountered in high profile cases as well as contributions that highlight 'forgotten' but nevertheless pertinent crises
- Book reviews

Further information concerning the journal and how to submit a manuscript can be found on the journal's website. [link]


20 DECEMBER 2015

   
graduation2015   On Friday, 18 December, the NOHA Master's students celebrated their graduation at the Blue Square in Bochum. We would like to congratulate the NOHA Bochum class of 2015 and wish them all the best in their future endeavours!

16 DECEMBER 2015

   
bofax483d   New Bofax 483D

A new bofax from Dr. Stefanie Haumer on the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has been published. Stefanie Haumer: 'Die 32. Internationale Konferenz des Roten Kreuzes und Roten Halbmonds' ['The 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent'] [PDF]

11 DECEMBER 2015

   
hybrid warfare  

Issue 2/2015 of "Ethics and Armed Forces" has been published.

In the new edition of “Ethics and Armed Forces”, respected authors in scientific and academic fields controversially discuss the international topic of “Hybrid Warfare – Enemies at a Loss?” Is our international law still adequate? What new security-policy and ethical decisions will the EU, NATO and individual countries need to take in the future? Highly controversial topics in the new e-journal include “Myths of the Hybrid War”, “EU-wide Security Networks” and “Media Battlefields”.

You may find all essays and abstracts in English and German to download for free on this [link].


5 DECEMBER 2015

   
yale  
New Haven, CT
IFHV research associates Tobias Ackermann and Katrin Fenrich presented a paper at Yale Law School’s 2015 Doctoral Scholarship Conference, which took place from 4 to 5 December 2015. The paper deals, inter alia, with the right to self-defense against terrorists and the human right to privacy in the digital age. Twenty-seven presentations were given on various topics on law and related fields by doctoral students from sixteen different universities. For more details on the conference, see https://www.facebook.com/YLSDoctoralConference/.

23 NOVEMBER 2015

   
behlert 300   NOHA student Tatjana Bojarski and IFHV student assistant Benedikt Behlert were awarded scholarships of the National Scholarship Program (‘Deutschlandstipendium’) for outstanding study achievements and special commitment.

23 NOVEMBER 2015

   
convention  

A new commentary on the 1949 Geneva Conventions has been published.

Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta and Marco Sassòli (eds.) (2015) The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary. Oxford University Press. [link]
The book is the first commentary in over fifty years on the four 1949 Geneva Conventions, the cornerstones of International Humanitarian Law. It interprets the Conventions' provisions as they are operating, with reference to judicial decisions, state practice, and the Conventions' cross cutting issues with other fields of international law.

Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and IFHV research associate Charlotte Lülf contributed to the commentary with a chapter on the Special Rules concerning Children in Armed Conflicts.
Hans-Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Lülf (2015) 'Special Rules on Children'. In: The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary, edited by Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta and Marco Sassòli. Oxford University Press.

20 NOVEMBER 2015

   
kneipengespräche   Professor Dennis Dijkzeul (Professor of Conflict and Organization Research) participated in the first 'pub talks' of the Ruhr University Bochum on 17 November 2015.
Approximately 100 guests discussed with experts the current humanitarian crises, in particular the ongoing refugee crisis and conflicts in Arab countries. [link]

19 NOVEMBER 2015

   
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An interview with Professor Dennis Dijkzeul (Professor of Conflict and Organization Research) on the challenges of humanitarian action and the role of research has been published.

Raffaela Römer: 'Über die Schwierigkeiten der humanitären Hilfe: Im Gespräch mit Dennis Dijkzeul' ['On the Challenges of Humanitarian Action: An Interview with Dennis Dijkzeul'] [link]

 19 NOVEMBER 2015

   
kring 300   An article from IFHV research associate Franziska Kring on a recent judgment of the German Federal Administrative Court concerning the prohibition of the association ‘Farben für Waisenkinder e.V.’ that supports the Hezbollah has been published by Legal Tribune Online.

Franziska Kring: ‘Kein Spendensammeln für Hisbollah’

[Germany bans group funding Hezbollah][link]



18 NOVEMBER 2015

   
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IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich gave an interview on Legal Tribune Online regarding the latest events in Paris.
 
Katrin Fenrich: 'Paris-Attentat und Völkerrecht: Ist Frankreich im Krieg?'
['The Paris Attacks and International Law: Is France at War?']
[link]

9 NOVEMBER 2015

   
ifhv stellenangebot sekretariat   9 November 2015

Job advertisement (restricted to RUB staff!)
The IFHV is currently looking for a secretary with 10 hours per week from (for the time being) 1 January to 30 June 2016
Deadline for applications is 20 November 2015. 
Further information can be found in the advertisement. [link]

7 NOVEMBER 2015

   
cnect 2014 15 1   New C'nect (Issue 18)

Issue 18 of C’nect, the student magazine of the NOHA Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action, has been published. 
 
This edition of C’nect is devoted to employment and internships. [link]

4 NOVEMBER 2015

   
thielboerger 300   A commentary by Professor Pierre Thielbörger on cyber warfare and the conscious use of data has been published. Although the manipulation of data, especially in situations of armed conflict, is likely to pose a significant threat to international peace and security, international law does not seem to be well-equipped to counter this new form of propaganda. Pierre Thielbörger: ‘Legal Implications of the Conscious Manipulation of Data’ [link]

2 NOVEMBER 2015

   
thielboerger 300   A new article on the project of Professor Pierre Thielbörger and his colleagues, entitled 'Water Scarcity as Driver for Armed Conflict or Peaceful Cooperation?' has been published. Funded by the European Commission, the project focuses on the correlation between water scarcity and international security, specifically with regard to the UN Security Council. Julia Weiler: 'Water Scarcity – Cause for War or Peace? Not Just an Environmental Issue' [link]

30 OCTOBER 2015

   
bofax   New Bofax 482D

A new bofax from Tobias Ackermann and Benedikt Behlert on consequences of the US bombardment of the MSF hospital in Kunduz has been published. Tobias Ackermann and Benedikt Behlert: 'Konsequenzen aus der Bombardierung des MSF-Krankenhauses in Kundus?' [link]

28 OCTOBER 2015

   
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New Bofax 481E

A new Bofax from Carolin Funke on the International Criminal Court's efforts to open investigations of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war has been published.

Carolin Funke:'International Criminal Court Seeks Authorization from the Pre-trial Chamber to Open Investigations of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War' [link]


28 OCTOBER 2015

   
buch krw 102015   A new book edited by Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams (IFHV) and François Gemenne on 'Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration' has been published. Rosenow-Williams, Kerstin and Gemenne, François (eds.) (2016) Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration. Routledge: London and New York. [link]

About the book:

Over the past decade, international organizations (IOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have increasingly focused their efforts on the plight of environmental migrants in both industrialized and developing countries. However, to date very few studies have analysed the influence and rhetoric of advocacy groups in the debates on environmental migration.
'Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration' fills this lacuna by drawing together and examining the related themes of climate change and environmental degradation, migration and organizational studies to provide a fresh perspective on their increasing relevance.

21 OCTOBER 2015

   
thielboerger 300   Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger has been elected as new permanent member in the selection committee for PhD scholarships of the German Academic Merit Foundation ("Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes"). Starting from October 1st, 2015, his election is valid for the next four years and is renewable once. The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes currently grants around 1000 scholarships to highly talented young researchers of all disciplines to support their ambitious PhD projects.

 15 OCTOBER 2015

   
bofax   New Bofax 480E
A new Bofax from Benedikt Behlert on the bombing of a MSF hospital in Kunduz has been published.Benedikt Behlert: "The Bombing of a Hospital in Kunduz – 'A Grave Violation of International Humanitarian Law‘?“ [link]

14 OCTOBER 2015

   
bpm2015   The IFHV conducted a training seminar on "Disseminating International Humanitarian Law" for junior lawyers and dissemination officers in cooperation with the German Red Cross regional branch of Niedersachsen and the Ministry of Justice of Niedersachsen (Tagung fuer Rechtsreferendare und Konventionsbeauftragte des IFHV, DRK Landesverbandes Niedersachsen e.V. und des Niedersaechsischen Justizministeriums). The seminar was held from 9 to 10 October 2015, in Bad Pyrmont. Presentations were given among others by Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze on current challenges of IHL and research associates Robin Ramsahye and Tobias Ackermann on enforcement mechanisms and claims for damages.

13 OCTOBER 2015

   
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New Bofax 479D

A new Bofax from Elisabeth Meurer on the first judgment according to the Code of Crimes against International Law of the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart (Germany) has been published.

Elisabeth Meurer: 'OLG Stuttgart: Erstes Urteil nach dem Völkerstrafgesetzbuch. Zwischen Theorie und Praxis' [link]


8 OCTOBER 2015

   
berlin   On 1st and 2nd of October 2015, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, Professor Uwe Andersen and Katharina Behmer visited together with a group of RUB-students the Bundestag, the Bundesrat und the Kanzleramt in Berlin. They had been invited by Dr. Norbert Lammert (CDU) who is also a honorary Professor at RUB. The students met inter alia German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel (CDU) and Minister of State for Culture and Media Professor Angelika Grütters (CDU) (photo). Other speakers included Peer Steinbrück (SPD), Bärbel Höhn (Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen), Katja Kipping (Die Linke) and Max Straubinger (CSU). The students discussed a broad variety of topics with the politicians, including the current refugee crisis, ongoing military conflicts and 25 years of German unity.

5 OCTOBER 2015

   
dd bonn 16092015   On 16 September 2015, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul (IFHV) and Karl Otto Zentel (Secretary-General of CARE Gemany-Luxembourg) were guests at the sixth 'UN at 70'- lecture at the University of Bonn. Professor Dijkzeul gave a talk on 'New Humanitarian Actors and the UN'. After a comment by Mr. Zentel both guests discussed their thoughts with the audience. The lecture series is co-organised by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (fiw) and the Liaison Office International Academic Sciences of the UN City of Bonn. [more information]

 4 OCTOBER 2015

   
bofax   A new Bofax from Simon Gauseweg on the planned cyber arms control agreement between the US and China has been published.

Simon Gauseweg: 'A First Cyber Arms Control Accord? A (Planned) Agreement between the U.S. and China under Scrutiny' [link]

1 OCTOBER 2015

   
workingpaper   A new IFHV Working Paper by Ronja Keweloh has been published:

Ronja Keweloh’s revised NOHA master thesis, titled ‘Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Theory and Practice: A Case Study of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Asia’, seeks to explore the coherence of guidance and practices on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. More specifically, it analyses how different National Societies in both their role as Host National Society and as Partner National Society are implementing policies and guidelines of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the local level. Countries discussed include Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tajikistan and Vietnam. To complement the research findings, the perspective of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre is considered as well. The Working Paper thus contributes to supporting greater uniformity and coherence of integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation approaches and practices within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. [PDF]

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
bofax   A new Bofax from IFHV research associate Laura Hofmann on the ICC’s investigation into the destruction of cultural and religious monuments in Timbuktu, Mali.

Laura Hofmann: ‘The Prosecutor v Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi: The first case to be brought before the ICC concerning alleged war crimes regarding the destruction of historical and religious monuments’.

[PDF]

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
twitter   The IFHV is now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NOHA_IFHV
Follow us for information on the Institute and the NOHA Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action.

26 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
noha inauguration2015  

NOHA Inauguration Ceremony

On 22 September, the NOHA 2015/2016 inauguration ceremony was held. Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger and
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze were delighted to welcome 22 new NOHA students to Bochum. Guest speaker Ulrike von Pilar of Doctors without Borders subsequently shared insights from her year long experience in Humanitarian Assistance with the students.
She highlighted major challenges humanitarian action faces today, such as the instrumentalization and politicization of humanitarian aid and the problem of unintended consequences of aid campaigns. She also addressed the tendency of governments and donors to concentrate their aid efforts on situations receiving widespread media attention while neglecting "forgotten crises", like the conflict in the Central African Republic.
Following a lively discussion, several NOHA Alumni took the opportunity to welcome the students into the NOHA community. The event concluded with a reception, an occasion for students and IFHV staff to get to know each other.

18 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
workingpaper   A new IFHV Working Paper by Benedikt Behlert has been published:

Benedikt Behlert's revised seminar paper, titled ‘Die Unabhängigkeit der Krim: Annexion oder Sezession?’ (‘Crimea's Independence: Annexation or Secession?’), seeks to answer the question whether the events in Crimea in spring 2014 constituted an annexation or a secession. After a discussion of the general notion of these two terms, the findings are applied to the situation in Crimea. The paper concludes that Crimea's independence was indeed an illegal annexation and calls on the international community to decide on an appropriate reaction to this unlawful act in accordance with the principle of ‘ex iniuria ius non oritur’ ('illegal acts cannot create law').

The paper can be accessed here: [PDF]


16 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
weissert   On 15 September 2015, IFHV research associate Markus Weissert presented his recently completed PhD at the IFHV research colloquium to his fellows and interested guests.
Entitled "Memories of Violence, Dreams of Development - Memorialization Initiatives in the Peruvian Andes", it focuses on the role of memorialization initiatives in transitional justice
processes for which Mr. Weissert conducted longterm fieldwork in the Ayacucho region of Peru.
The project was supervised by Prof. Dr. Sven Chojnacki at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Free University Berlin and Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans J. Gießmann, Director of the Berghof Foundation.

 14 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
thielboerger 300  
Two new articles by Professor Dr. Pierre Thielbörger have recently been published. More information on "Grün ist die Hoffnung - und der Krieg?" and "Zur Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht in Gießen" can be found here:
 

8 SEPTEMBER 2015
   
noha statement  
The Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) has released a statement on the current situation of refugees in Europe. [PDF]

7 SEPTEMBER 2015

   
ip 2015   The NOHA academic year has started today with an opening ceremony at the Warsaw Intensive Programme (IP) to welcome this year's new students. The IP is the inter-university introductory module of the NOHA Master's Programme. Participants include 150 incoming students and 30 members of academic staff from across Europe.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Prof. Dr. Katrin Radtke, Katharina Behmer and Laura Hofmann represented NOHA Bochum at this event.

31 AUGUST 2015

   
hq muenster 2015   On the 27 of August, Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Luelf attended the ceremonial act for the
20th anniversary of the 1 German-Netherlands Corps and its 10 years partnership with the City of Muenster (NRW).  Lord Mayor of the City of Münster, Markus Lewe and the Commander of the 1 Corps, Volker R. Halbauer, wellcomed H.M King of the Netherlands Willem- Alexander and the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft, at the historic city hall for a parade at the Principalmarkt, the handover of a battle steamer and a Corps’ Bivouac at the Headquarters.

 20 AUGUST 2015

   
summer school 2015 gruppe  
IFHV Summer School 'Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century' (3–8 August 2015)

The number and intensity of humanitarian crises is increasing rapidly. Addressing these crises is one of the main contemporary challenges of our time. At the IFHV, 30 students from four continents participated in the 3rd Summer School on Humanitarian Action. The Summer School provided an intensive introduction to the demanding field of humanitarian action. From Monday (3 August) to Wednesday (5 August) the students heard a series of lectures and provided brief presentations on the social and legal aspects of these crises. On Thursday and Friday (6–7 August), they applied their new knowledge in a simulation of an international humanitarian response. Finally, on Saturday (8 August), they received information on getting started in humanitarian organizations during the career panel. The ensuing evaluation showed how positive the students were about this intensive week, in which they made their first steps towards becoming humanitarian professionals. [Flyer][more information]

20 AUGUST 2015

   
non state actors   A chapter by Hans-Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Lülf on 'Non-State Actors under International Humanitarian Law' was published in the edited volumen 'Non-State Actors under International Law', Studies in International Law Series Vol. 55, Noortmann/Reinisch/Ryngaert (Eds.), Hart Publishing, Oxford 2015.

12 AUGUST 2015

   
workingpaper  
A new IFHV Working Paper by J. Lily Gardener has been published:
 
J. Lily Gardener's revised NOHA master thesis, titled ‘Under the Ash Cloud: Gender distinctions in the resilience of Kemiri community towards Mount Merapi volcanic activity’, seeks to explore the resilience of the inhabitants of the Indonesian village Kemiri, situated 8 km away from Mount Merapi’s crater. More specifically, it focuses on how gender relations affect people’s resilience towards volcanic eruptions at the community level. While acknowledging the intersectionality with factors such as age, ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status when determining vulnerabilities and capacities of communities, the aim of this paper is to examine whether women and men differ in how they experience, respond to, and recover from disasters.
 

06 AUGUST 2015

   
blue square klein   Invitation for Panel Discussion 'Career Paths in Humanitarian Action and Development'

Speakers:
- Nazik Raouf, Médecins Sans Frontières
- Nina Stücke, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund 
- Rajesh Pawar, Indian Army
- Reinhard Micheel, Aktion Canchanabury

Saturday, 8 August 2015, 10:00–13:00

Building:
Blue Square
Kortumstr. 90
44787 Bochum
Room 2/02

The panel discussion will be held in English.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rub.ifhv

27 JULY 2015

   
bofax  

New Bofax (476D):

A new Bofax from Natalie Meißner (Legal trainee at the IFHV) on the Iran Nuclear Deal has been published.
Natalie Meißner: 'Eine Chance für den Nahen Osten? – Das Iran-Atomabkommen' [link]


23 JULY 2015

   
Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien Logo  

The IFHV contributes to the activities of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies ('Zentrum für Mittelmeerstudien') of the Ruhr University Bochum. The Centre has just published the 'Handbuch der Mediterranistik' ('Handbook of Mediterranean Studies'). The book contains articles on the different scientific disciplines dealing with the problems of the Mediterranean. Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze's article is devoted to international law.

Dabag, M., Haller, D., Jaspert, N. and Lichtenberger, A. (eds.) (2015) Handbuch der Mediterranistik: Systematische Mittelmeerforschung und disziplinäre Zugänge. Ferdinand Schöningh: Paderborn.

Members of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies: [link]

Publications of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies: [link]



20 JULY 2015

   
kring 300   Franziska Kring participated in Utrecht Summer School

From 6 to 17 July 2015, IFHV research associate Franziska Kring pursued the course 'Climate Change Governance' as a part of Utrecht Summer School in the Netherlands. This course gave her the opportunity to attend many interesting lectures on climate change in relation to development and governance. She further attended the LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development which took place from 8 to 10 July in Utrecht. The Climate Change Panel gave her a complete overview of current academic and policy debates related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.





17 JULY 2015

   
Refugee Survey Quarterly 34 2   A new article by Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams and Katharina Behmer has been published:

Rosenow-Williams, K. and Behmer, K. (2015) 'A Gendered Human Security Perspective on Humanitarian Action in IDP and Refugee Protection', in: Refugee Survey Quarterly, pp. 1-23.

[link]







   



07 JULY 2015

 
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Laura Hofmann presented her PhD proposal
On 7 July 2015, IFHV research associate Laura Hofmann presented her PhD proposal in the IFHV research colloquium to her fellows and interested guests. Her topic focuses on the protection and safeguarding of cultural property in light of its deliberate destruction by non-state actors. Her PhD project will be supervised by Professor Pierre Thielbörger.


MAY / JUNE 2015

sumsch 2015  

The IFHV Summer School 'Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century' will take place from 3 to 8 August 2015 in Bochum. Students should apply online with a short motivation letter in English and a short CV.
Deadline for application is 12 June 2015. [Flyer] [more information]

Link: Registration Form

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
25 JUNE 2015

 
heintze 300   Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze gave an interview to Deutschlandradio Kultur on the EU approach concerning the refugee crisis. Against the background of the proposed restrictions by Hungary he explained the mechanisms of refugee law and the Dublin Conventions. [link]

24 JUNE 2015

 
kuratoriumssitzung 24062015   On 24 June 2015, the Board of Trustees ('Kuratorium') of the IFHV met for its annual meeting. The Executive Director of the IFHV gave an overview about the activities of the Institute in the last 12 months. The Board of Trustees welcomed the results in the fields of research and teaching. The IFHV Management highly appreciated the  exchange on new trends and topics in the practice of humanitarian action, which are to enrich the NOHA Master's Curriculum.

22 JUNE 2015  

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On 16 June 2015, the IFHV and the German Institute for Human Rights ('Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte') held an expert workshop in Berlin entitled 'Human Rights in Armed Conflict – an Impossibility?'. Experts on three panels discussed the topics from different angles.

The first panel, dealing with the normative bases of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, included presentations by Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze on the overlaps of both frameworks and by IFHV research associate Charlotte Lülf on the interplay between human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law.

In the second panel, representatives of aid organizations such as the Red Cross, Amnesty International and Doctors without Borders shared insights on the implications of this academic discussion in actual crisis scenarios.

The third panel addressed the application of both legal frameworks by courts. Professor Pierre Thielbörger outlined the possibilities of members of the ‘Islamic State’ being indicted by the International Criminal Court. IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann summarized the approach of German courts as regards compensation for civilian victims of attacks in conflict situations, discussing the Distomo, Varvarin and Kundus cases.

We would like to thank all speakers and participants for their input and the German Institute for Human Rights for hosting this event.


11 JUNE 2015

 
blaupause klein  

On 6 June 2015, the Ruhr University Bochum celebrated its 50thbirthday. As part of the BlauPause, several kilometers of the Universitätsstraße were closed to traffic to make way for a display of hundreds of stalls and tables where the different faculties and institutes showcased their contributions to the university’s excellence in teaching and research.

The IFHV table offered visitors the opportunity to receive information on the institute’s NOHA Master’s Programme and research work. The highlight undoubtedly was an interactive simulation game, dealing with the urbanistic challenges of constructing a refugee camp in war and disaster zones. NOHA guest lecturer Professor Dr. med. Joachim Gardemann illustrated the many aspects of implementing humanitarian aid in the field for the interested audience, also sharing first hand experience from his recent missions with the Red Cross to Sierra Leone and Syria among others.

We would like to thank Professor Gardemann and all participants for making this event a great success.


10 JUNE 2015

 
peace review  

A new article by Dr. Kerstin Rosenow-Williams and Katharina Behmer has been published:

Rosenow-Williams, K. & Behmer, K. (2015) 'Gendered Environmental Security in IDP and Refugee Camps', in: Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 27(2), pp. 188-195.

[link]


9 JUNE 2015
 

ipsen
 

The IFHV congratulates its founding director, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. em. Knut Ipsen, on the occasion of his
80th Birthday.

Born in 1935, Knut Ipsen began studying law in Kiel, Germany, in 1959. After having completed his legal studies, he dedicated himself first to his doctoral thesis on the legal basis and the institutionalization of Atlantic-WestEuropean defense mechanisms and later to his habilitation thesis dealing with biological and chemical weapons in international law. Knut Ipsen went on to become a professor of law at Ruhr University Bochum in 1974 and served as the university’s president from 1979 to 1989. He became the founding director of the IFHV in 1988 with a vision to establish the institute as a leading academic institution to conduct research on international conflicts and provide solutions to resolve them.
Knut Ipsen also served, among others, as President of the German Red Cross between 1994 and 2003, as a founding president of the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) between 1991 and 1993 and is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. His book (“Völkerrecht”) is until today one of the leading German text books on public international law.


5 JUNE 2015

 
blaupause  

The Ruhr University Bochum is celebrating its 50th birthday.
On 6 June (11:00–18:00), a five-kilometer stretch of the Universitätsstraße will be closed to traffic and turned into a party district.
The IFHV will be part of the so-called 'BlauPause'. You can find us at table 16 (close to underground station 'Markstraße').

Link: https://www.blaupause-rub.de

We have prepared a simulation game for you illustrating the urbanistic challenges of constructing a refugee camp. 
The simulation game, which will be implemented by NOHA guest lecturer Professor Joachim Gardemann, will begin at 11:30, 13:00 and 15:00.


2 JUNE 2015  
ifhv fv  
Christoph Strässer, member of the German Bundestag, visited the IFHV

Christoph Strässer, chairman of the association 'Friends of the IFHV' ('Verein zur Förderung der Forschung und Lehre zum Friedenssicherungsrecht und zum Humanitären Völkerrecht e.V.') and Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, visited the IFHV on the occasion of the association's annual general meeting. During this meeting, the members also adopted a reform to the association’s statute.

Interested in becoming a member of 'Friends of the IFHV'?
Visit: http://www.ifhv.de/index.php/partners/friends-of-the-ifhv


2 JUNE 2015

 
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Guest Lecture in International Law by Professor Kirsten Schmalenbach (01 June 2015)

On 01 June 2015, Professor Kirsten Schmalenbach from the Paris Lodron University (Salzburg, Austria) scintillated with a presentation on the ‘Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations’. Professor Schmalenbach forged the bridge from the legal framework to the question of factual compliance pointing out multiple lacunas within the international community’s undertakings to this end.

The IFHV's Executive Director, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, together with IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich introduced the well-known expert on public international law and her oeuvre to the interested audience. Taking up on the success of the previous guest lectures, the third presentation equally attracted over 40 participants and was concluded with an intense debate about the judicial and political need for action in this controversial area of international law.

After Professor Petersmann’s lecture on 'Transatlantic Free Trade Agreements' and Professor de Wet’s elaboration on 'Interventions by Invitation', Professor Schmalenbach’s presentation completed this semester’s IFHV Guest Lecture Series on International Law. The next guest lecture is scheduled for the winter semester starting in October 2015.

The IFHV Lecture Series on International Law is kindly co-sponsored by RUB's Research School Plus and the association 'Friends of the IFHV' ('Verein zur Förderung der Forschung und Lehre zum Friedenssicherungsrecht und zum Humanitären Völkerrecht e.V.').


2 JUNE 2015

 
kimep  
Professor Heintze organized seminars in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze organized together with Professor Kebayev a series of seminars on the teaching of international law at the KIMEP-University in Almaty (Kazakhstan). Students from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan took part.

31 MAY 2015

 
thielboerger 300   NOHA Bochum Teaching Award

This year was the first year students were invited to present the NOHA Teaching Award as a means of recognising and celebrating outstanding teaching.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the NOHA Teaching Award 2015 is Professor Pierre Thielbörger. The results show that the 2014-2015 NOHA Ruhr University Bochum students have voted Dr. Rita Schäfer second place and Dr. Markus Moke and Charlotte Lülf third place. Congratulations!

We would like to thank the recipient and the nominees for their invaluable teaching efforts!


31 MAY 2015
 
common effort 2015  

IFHV Participation in Common Effort 2015
As representatives of the IFHV, Charlotte Lülf and Katharina Behmer took part in the Common Effort 2015, the yearly exercise of the 1st German Netherlands Corps intended to build effective interaction between civil and military organizations in international missions. As keynote speakers, German Secretary of Defence, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, and Lieutenant General Volker R. Halbauer attended the high-level event. On the occasion of the exercise 24 representatives of diverse military, civilian, aid and governmental organizations including the IFHV signed a declaration to build relevant networks as framework for the Common Effort Community.


29 MAY 2015

 
bofax  

New Bofax (475D):


A new bofax from Susanne Hirscher on the results of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Susanne Hirscher: 'Ergebnisse der NPT-Überprüfungskonferenz' [link]

27 MAY 2015

 
heintze 300  
IFHV in the Media

Professor Heintze gave the Allgemeine Zeitung an interview on the European Union's refugee policy. [link]
'Völkerrechtler Prof. Heintze über Flüchtlingspolitik in der EU: "Quote ein richtiger Schritt"'

26 MAY 2015

 
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New Bofax (474D):
 
A new Bofax from Katharina Allendorf on the EU plan for military interventions against 'refugee boats'.

Katharina Allendorf: 'Militärische Intervention gegen Flüchtlingsboote? Ein Vorschlag der EU-Außenbeauftragte vor dem UN-Sicherheitsrat' [link]


24 MAY 2015

 
thielboerger 300  

A new article by Professor Pierre Thielbörger has been published:
Thielbörger, P. (2015) 'Re-Conceptualizing the Human Right to Water: A Pledge for a Hybrid Approach', in: Human Rights Law Review.

[link]


21 MAY 2015

 
workshop  

We would like to invite you to an expert workshop organized by the IFHV and the German Institute for Human Rights ('Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte'):

'Menschenrechte im bewaffneten Konflikt – eine Unmöglichkeit?'
['Human Rights in Armed Conflict – an Impossibility?']

Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 10:00-17:00
Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte
Zimmerstr. 26/27
10969 Berlin


Deadline for registration: 1 June 2015


[link]


18 MAY 2015

 
schmalenbach  

We would like to invite you to our next guest lecture in international law: 


'Menschenrechtsbindung von Unternehmen'
['Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations']

Prof. Dr. Kirsten Schmalenbach (University of Salzburg)

Monday, 1 June 2015, 16:00-18:00
IFHV lecture room 4.46-47

The lecture will be held in German.

[link]

18 MAY 2015
 
hjhriga   Professor Heintze presented last week in Riga the NOHA approach concerning the teaching of international humanitarian law (IHL) against the background of the Ukraine conflict during the 'Seminar on Humanitarian Action and IHL: Perspectives on Ukraine'.
The seminar formed part of the initiatives taken under the Latvian presidency of the Council of European Union, with the purpose of demonstrating the strong commitment of both the Baltic region and the European Union to upholding the norms of IHL and promoting best practice in humanitarian assistance.
The keynote speech was given by Neal Walker, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ukraine. The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, NOHA and the Riga Graduate School of Law.

15 MAY 2015

 
satzung  
New IFHV Statute
The new IFHV statute was approved by the RUB senate last week, and has now been published. The new statute characterizes the IFHV as an independent and central research institute within Ruhr University Bochum. It emphasizes the institute’s interdisciplinary approach to study situations of peace and armed conflict including in particular the disciplines of law, social sciences and geo sciences. The statute also highlights the institute’s international and regional networks which are consistently enhanced in the areas of research, teaching and information dissemination through intensive cooperation with other highly regarded academic institutions and practitioners in Germany, Europe and the world.
The statute can be accessed here: [link]

13 MAY 2015

 
dewet   Guest Lecture in International Law by Professor Erika de Wet (12 May 2015)

On 12 May 2015, Professor Erika de Wet from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) elaborated in detail on the highly disputed topic of 'The Modern Practice of Interventions by Invitation in African States and Its Implications for the Prohibition of the Use of Force'.

The IFHV's Executive Director, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, together with IFHV research associate Robin Ramsahye introduced the well known expert on public international law to the interested audience. Taking up on the success of Professor Petersmann's inaugural presentation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the second lecture equally attracted over 40 participants and was concluded with an intense debate about the most recent developments in this important area of international law.

The IFHV Lecture Series on International Law is kindly co-sponsored by RUB's Research School Plus and the Förderverein of the IFHV.

The next lecture will be held by Professor Kirsten Schmalenbach (University of Salzburg, Austria) on 1 June 2015
(4-6 pm) on the issue of 'Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations'
('Menschenrechtsbindung von Unternehmen').

11 MAY 2015

 
fenrich 300   IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich was awarded a PhD scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. Her PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger focuses on Alternative Human Rights Mechanisms.

9 MAY 2015

 
heintze 300   Last week, Professor Heintze gave a presentation on the obligation of states to solve disputes by peaceful means at the NATO School of Azerbaijan in Baku.

8 MAY 2015

 
sum prep 2015  

Last week, Professor Heintze took part on a discussion on the preparation of the World Humanitarian Summit
(May 2016 in Istanbul). The discussion was organized by the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The head of the secretariat of the summit, Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, gave an overview of the preparation activities. She supported the viewpoint of Professor Heintze that stronger mechanisms of implementation of International Humanitarian Law are needed.

More information on the World Humanitarian Summit can be found here: [link]

6 MAY 2015

   
flyer drk  

Reminder:

The 21st Summer School in International Law, which is organized by the German Red Cross and the IFHV, will take place from 2 to 8 August 2015 in Berlin. Deadline for applications is 15 May 2015. Please follow the link for more information: [link]


23 APRIL 2015

   
dewett  

We would like to invite you to a guest lecture in international law:

'The Modern Practice of Intervention by Invitation in African States and Its Implications for the Prohibition of the Use of Force'

Prof. Dr. Erika de Wet, LL.M. (Harvard), University of Pretoria Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 15:30-17:30
IFHV lecture room 4.46-47
[link]


23 APRIL 2015

   
bofax  
New Bofax (473D):
 
A new Bofax from IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich on the recent political developments and military interventions by neighbouring states in Yemen.
 
Katrin Fenrich: 'Auf den "Sturm der Entschlossenheit" folgt die "Wiederherstellung der Hoffnung": Jemen zwischen Demokratie und Effektivität' [link]
   

22 APRIL 2015

   
petersmann  

Guest Lecture in International Law by Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann (21 April 2015)

On 21 April 2015, Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) inaugurated the freshly launched ‘IFHV Lecture Series on International Law’. The leading expert in the field of international economic law addressed the question:
‘Do Transatlantic Free Trade Agreements Risk Undermining Democracy?’ The IFHV’s executive director, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, together with IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann extended a warm welcome to Professor Petersmann and introduced the guest and his oeuvre to the audience of about 50 participants. Following Professor Petersmann’s profound and comprehensive explanation concerning the diverse concepts of democracy and their influence on the agreements’ legitimacy, a controversial and fruitful discussion concluded the evening.

The lecture series is kindly co-sponsored by RUB’s Research School Plus and the Förderverein of the IFHV. The next lecture in the series will be held by Professor Erika de Wet, University of Pretoria (South Africa), on 12 May 2015 (6–8 pm) on the topic of recent military interventions in Africa.


22 APRIL 2015

   
bofax   New Bofax (472D):
 
A new Bofax from Dr. Stefanie Haumer about the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (27 April to 22 May 2015 in New York).
 
Stefanie Haumer: 'Zur NPT-Überprüfungskonferenz' [link]

22 APRIL 2015

   
heintze 300   Prof. Heintze presents his views on the membership of Palestine to the Statute of the International Criminal Court in a short statement for the Legal Tribune online [link]

17 APRIL 2015

   
bofax  
New Bofax (471E):
 
Emily Neilson: 'Children, Not Soldiers: The Ongoing Use of Child Soldiers' [link]

16 APRIL 2015

   
bofax  
New Bofax (470E):
 
Lara Eckstein: 'Applying Double Standards: The Preliminary Ruling of the European Court of Justice on Conditions of Granting Asylum to Deserters' [link]

15 APRIL 2015

   
notfallvorsorge  

The latest issue of the journal 'Notfallvorsorge' (1/2015) contains an article on the NOHA Master at Ruhr University Bochum (pp. 6-10). The issue is not yet online available. [link]

 


14 APRIL 2015
   
lck  

We would like to invite you to our guest lecture in international law on
'International Economic Law in the 21st Century:
Do Transatlantic Trade Agreements Risk Undermining Democracy?
',
held by Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015, 16:00–18:00

IFHV lecture room (4.46–47)
Ruhr University Bochum
Bochumer Fenster (Center of Bochum)
Massenbergstr. 9 B
44787 Bochum

[more]


14 APRIL 2015

   
heintze 300  

Prof Heintze took part in Workshop
"Crimea and Civil Society: Challenges, Antagonisms and Models of Cooperation for Ukraine and Russia" (9th-10th April).
The Workshop was organized by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research Duisburg and Prof. Heintze gave a presentation on issues of minority protection and the right to self-determination.


12 APRIL 2015

   
fenrich 300  

IFHV in the Media:

IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich gave Deutschlandradio Kultur an interview on Greece's demands for World War II reparations against Germany.

'Reparationen an Griechenland: "Moralisch ist noch Luft nach oben"'

[link]


12 APRIL 2015

   
joiha   New Online Journal:

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action is a peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of research relating to all aspects of humanitarian action.

The Journal welcomes submissions in all disciplines of relevance to humanitarian action, including disciplines as diverse as anthropology, international relations, law, public health and management. In particular, submissions that are multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary in nature are welcomed. The Journal is aimed at and seeks the perspective of academics, government and organisation officials, and practitioners in the field of humanitarian action. The Journal thus encourages submissions that not only address theoretical issues but also take into account the practical challenges encountered before, during and after humanitarian crises as well as the measures needed to address them.

The Journal welcomes:

  • Research articles providing an original contribution that deal with empirical findings or theoretical developments
  • Commentaries that raise topical issues and reflect on current practices
  • Reports from the field that highlight contemporary challenges currently encountered in high profile cases as well as contributions that highlight “forgotten” but nevertheless pertinent crises
  • Book reviews

12 APRIL 2015

   
nomos 2015  

New Article:

Prof. Heintze is the author of an article on the legal status of the Crimea which was published in the book "Wissenschaft, Verwaltung und Politik als Beruf" (Nomos Baden-Baden 2015). Editors of the book are Dieter Hart/Franz Müntefering and Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The book constitutes a Liber amicorum for Volker Kröning for his 70th Birthday. Volker Kröning was for a eight years term the head of the IFHV-Förderverein and the IFHV owes him great support of its activities.


10 APRIL 2015

   
heintze 300  

IFHV on tour:

Prof. Heintze gave lectures on "Transitional Justice" at the European Inter University Centre in Venice on 23 March. The participants were students of DE.MA Master, an interdisciplinary and action oriented Human Rights Master Programme jointly run by six universities from Marroco, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunesia with the active support of the EU and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.


6 APRIL 2015

   
meis 300  

IFHV in the media:

IFHV research associate Mareike Meis gave an interview on Deutschlandfunk's "Markt und Medien" on moblie phone videos in the Syrian Civil War. To listen to the radio report "Handyvideos - Den Tod dokumentieren", please follow this [link].


5 APRIL 2015

   
humanitarian action   New Book co-editet by the IFHV:

Prof. Heintze is one of the editors and authors of the 577 pages book which contains 19 contributions of leading experts in the field of humanitarian assistance. The laws governing humanitarian action stand at the intersection of several fields of international law, regional agreements, soft law and domestic law. Through in-depth case studies and analyses, expert scholars and practitioners come together to offer interdisciplinary approaches which include contributions from legal policy, international relations and philosophical perspectives. Providing invaluable overviews  and insights, this collection of essays sheds light on the subject and makes sense of the various elements involved to elucidate the foundations of law and policy of humanitarian action. It has been published by the Cambrigde University press and costs 90 Pounds.


3 APRIL 2015

   
20ynoha   New Book, edited by the IFHV:

Pat Gibbons/Hans-Joachim Heintze (eds.)

The Humanitarian Challenge
20 Years European Network on Humanitarian Actions (NOHA)
Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
286 pp.

The book celebrates and reflects on the achievements over the past two decades if NOHA in which the RUB is a member since the start of the Master programme in 1993. It allows also a look forward and to consider the future of humanitarian action. The bokk contains 14 articles by scholars of the participating twelfe universities, among them Prof. Heintze and Dr. Moke reesenting the RUB-IFHV.

2 APRIL 2015

   
heintze 300   Ettlingen:

The 25th Conference on International Law in Ettlingen, Germany, took place from 20 to 21 March 2015. Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and IFHV research associates Charlotte Lülf and Katharina Behmer participated in the conference, which was organized by the German Red Cross in cooperation with the IFHV. Prof. Heintze moderated the discussion of the speakers in the afternoon of the first day. Stefan Sohm's (German Federal Ministry of Defence) report on the recently established steering committee on new weapons and methods of warfare, which is an instrument for the monitoring of article 36, was a highlight of the 25th conference. Furthermore, Ass. Prof. Rachel E. VanLandingham's (Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles) input contributed to an international debate. The final discussion was enriched by Prof. Thomas Elßner's (Philosophic-Theological University Vallendar) interdisciplinary view on the topic of 'violence'. Most of the lectures will be published in the next issue of our Journal on International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (JILPAC). [Link]


2 APRIL 2015     
muenster 2015   Münster:

The regional branch of the German Red Cross in North Rhine and Westphalia-Lippe conducted in cooperation with the IFHV and the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia the 'Seminar on Current Challenges to International Humanitarian Law for Junior Lawyers, Judges, Officials and Members of the Armed Forces' for the 40th time. The Seminar was held from 19 to 20 March 2015 in Münster, Germany. This year's focus was on issues of refugee protection and the fight against Ebola. Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and IFHV research associate Charlotte Lülf gave presentations on International Refugee Law and Current Challenges of International Humanitarian Law and organized a Moot Court on International Criminal Law that was performed by the participants.


2 APRIL 2015

   
bofax   New Bofax (469D):

A new Bofax from IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann on Russia's delivery of nuclear threat to Denmark.
Tobias Ackermann: 'Russische Drohungen gegen Dänemark: Kriegsrhetorik verstößt gegen Gewaltverbot' [link]


1 APRIL 2015
   
noha0  

Apply now!

Want to become a humanitarian aid worker or work at a humanitarian organization? Late applications to the Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) can be submitted until Thursday, 30 April 2015 [here]

NOHA Alumni tell their story... Why NOHA? Why Bochum? [link]


MARCH 2015

   
stellenausschreibung   We would like to announce a job advertisement at our Institute. We are looking for a student assistant
(10 hours/week) from 1 May 2015 (limited until 30 November 2015). The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

Please follow the link to see the full job advertisement: [link]

24 MARCH 2015  

   
article pt ta  

A new article by Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger and IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann has been published in the latest issue of the German Law Journal: 'On the Constitutionality of a Hauptausschuss (Main Committee) in the German Bundestag'.

At end of 2013, the German parliamant took - with the votes of its two biggest factions and future members of the great coalition - a unique step in the Bundestag's history: It established a so-called Hauptausschuss (Main Committee) which was intended to serve as a preliminary body dealing with the most urgent tasks until a new government would finally be formed. The article examines the constitutionality of this Main Committee.

[link]


24 MARCH 2015

   
science meets ruhr   The Global Young Faculty (GYF) of the Mercator Foundation will publish soon its illustrated book 'Wissenschaft trifft Kohlenpott' ('Science meets the Ruhr region'). IFHV research associate Dr. Jana Hertwig is member of the GYF and co-editor of the book. [link]



19 MARCH 2015

 
bofax  

New Bofax (468E):

Tilman Rodenhäuser: 'The Involvement of “Mercenaries” in the Armed Conflict in Nigeria' [link]


17 MARCH 2015

   
bofax  

New Bofax (467D):

A new Bofax from IFHV intern Karim Agdouche on Russia's withdrawal from the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE).

Karim Agdouche: 'Kreml kündigt KSE-Vertrag auf: Das Ende eines Symbols des Friedens zwischen Ost und West' [link]


17 MARCH 2015
   
flyer drk   The 21st Summer School in International Law, which is organized by the German Red Cross and the IFHV, will take place from 2 to 8 August 2015 in Berlin. Deadline for applications is 15 May 2015. Please follow the link for more information: [link]

16 MARCH 2015

   
kring 300   IFHV research associate Franziska Kring was awarded a PhD scholarship from the research foundation 'Friedrich Ebert Stiftung'. Her PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger focuses on the applicability of the Responsibility to Protect to climate change.

16 MARCH 2015

   
1 kroening   The Institute congratulates Mr. Volker Kröning on his 70th birthday. Mr. Kröning was the head of our Förderverein for quite a long period and enabled at lot of publications and scientific events by ideal and financial support. We congratulate and wish him good health and further professional success. The picture shows him (left) with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Knut Ipsen, the founder of the IFHV.

10 MARCH 2015

   
1 dd   Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul and Prof. Dr. William E. DeMars have published their new edited volume
"The NGO Challenge for IR Theory" in the Routledge Global Institutions Series.

This new volume on NGOs provides a root and branch critique of how all the major IR theories overlook the politics of NGOs. Redeploying core themes of power and practice, it provides an in-depth understanding of the global order, locating the ‘bridging’ role that NGOs play for many issues and across many societies. The chapters offer new insights into the strategies and impacts of NGOs in international affairs, and the conclusion synthesizes the various ways in which NGOs force radical reorientations of IR theory. This book should be read by any student or scholar of international relations.

Anthony F. Lang, Jr., Chair in International Political Theory and Director of the Centre for Global Constitutionalism, University of St Andrews

NGOs have been challenging international relations theory for some time, and this essential volume clearly articulates the many ways it has. More importantly, it also charts a path for future theorizing.

Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University

[more information]

4 MARCH 2015

   
funke 300   An article by PhD student Carolin Funke on Putin's policy of expansion in the Southern Caucasus. [link]

3 MARCH 2015

   
meis 300   RUBIN Article "Dying in front of the camera": IFHV research associate Mareike Meis analyses mobile phone videos from conflicts in the Iran and Syria. [link]

26 FEBRUARY 2015

   
ackermann 300   New Bofax (466D):

A new Bofax from IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann on the alleged use of cluster bombs in the conflict in Ukraine.

Tobias Ackermann: "Zum mutmaßlichen Einsatz von Streubomben im Ukraine-Konflikt"
[link]

25 FEBRUARY 2015

   
fenrich 300   New Bofax (465D):

A new Bofax from IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich on Greece's new demands for World War II reparations
against Germany.

Katrin Fenrich: "Das deutsch-griechische Reparationskarussell …und jährlich grüßt das Murmeltier"
[link]

21 FEBRUARY 2015

   
noha0   Want to become a humanitarian aid worker or work at a humanitarian organization? Apply now! The deadline for application to the Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) is 15 March 2015! Please find more information [here].

21 FEBRUARY 2015
   
 studienstiftung   

In March 2015, Professor Pierre Thielbörger will teach a spring academy for the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in Annecy, France. Together with Professor Andreas von Arnauld and Sinthiou Buszewski (both Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel), he will teach a one week intensive course on 'Independence and Secession' for young scholars of the 'Studienstiftung'. The academy includes a trip to Geneva to visit the United Nations. Please find further information [here].

20 FEBRUARY 2015

 

stellenausschreibung  

The IFHV is currently looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Humanitarian Studies or International Law (full time), starting from 1 June 2015. The deadline for application is 15 March 2015. Please follow the links to see the full job advertisement: [more information in english] / [more information in german].


18 FEBRUARY 2015

 

fenrich 300   IFHV research associate Katrin Fenrich writes in The Legal Tribune Online on Greece's new demands for World War II reparations against Germany. [link]


 19 JANUARY 2015

 

ramsahye 300
 
  IFHV research associate Robin Ramsahye writes a new Bofax on Palestine's accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. [link]

 

IFHV research associates Katharina Behmer and Charlotte Lülf gave a presentation on the active participation of refugees in host societies from an international humanitarian aid perspective.
The presentation was part of the Catholic University of Applied Science's discussion forum on the empowerment of refugees, held in Aachen on April 7th. The discussants explored initiatives to encourage participation of refugees in tackling societal problems, such as integration of other refugees and migrants.
 
Please follow the link for more information:
The IFHV Summer School "Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century" was held from July 25 to July 30 and concluded last Saturday. 
During the intensive, interdisciplinary programme, a diverse group of 28 German and international students attended lectures, seminars and exercises. 
Topics included the humanitarian system's role in alleviating current crises and several public international law themes, with a focus on armed conflict, criminal law, water and sanitation, as well as the plight of refugees and internally displaced people.

The students applied and extended their knowledge during a two-day simulation exercise on a fictitious humanitarian crisis.
The programme ended with a Career Panel, in which humanitarian practitioners provided students with insights on their organizations and career advice in humanitarian action. We would like to thank RUB's inSTUDIES for generously funding this year's Summer School.