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November 2019

   
 nohalogo   Call for Applications - NOHA Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action

Ruhr University Bochum - specific scholarships are available for the NOHA+ programme starting in September 2019.

Apply today!

November 2019

   
ifhv logo   STELLENAUSSCHREIBUNG - JOB ADVERTISEMENT

Am IFHV ist zum 15.01.2020 die Stelle eines Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiters (m/w/d TV-L E 13) mit einer Wochenarbeitszeit von 39,83 Stunden (Vollzeit) befristet auf drei Jahre zu besetzen. Bewerbungsfrist ist der 30.10.2019.
Aufgaben: Eigenständige sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung im Bereich der Humanitären Hilfe, nach Möglichkeit vertreten über eines der Fachgebiete aus Internationalen Beziehungen, Global Governance, Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Anthropologie, Regionalentwicklung oder Gesundheitspolitik / Public Health.

The IFHV is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher (m/f/d payment according to TV-L E 13), starting on 15 January 2020. The position is limited to three years and full time (39.83 weekly hours). The deadline for applications is 30 October 2019.
Your primary task would focus on research and teaching of social sciences at the institute, specifically in the area of global governance and humanitarian action. Additionally, the position entails further responsibilities, including academic coordination of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA Master’s).

Please follow the [link] for details (in German & English).


November 2019

   
ifhv logo   CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of International Peace and Organization / Friedens-Warte
                                                                            
"Aktuelle Herausforderungen für regionale Menschenrechtssysteme: Europa, Amerika, Afrika und die Arabische Welt"

"Current Challenges to Regional Human Rights Systems: Europe, Americas, Africa and the Arab World"

Deadline: 31 January 2020

                                                                                
The focus section of the upcoming issue wishes to approach this topic comparatively from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Possible topics or aspects include, for example:

  • Comparative analysis: differences amongst the regional human rights instruments (Europe; Americas; Africa; Arab World); respective strengths and weaknesses;

  • Achievements in the past: (legal) historical analysis of regional human rights systems and their social context;

  • Current challenges: protection gaps; lack of enforceability;

  • Recent developments: recent jurisprudence or institutional changes, these could include pieces on issues such as migration, environmental issues and resource scarcity, minority rights or other thematic issues;

  • Looking ahead: conclusions from the comparative analyses of the various regional human rights instruments to improve the human rights protection on the international as well as regional level.

Kindly send your contribution (format: .docx, .rtf or, ideally, .doc) in German or English to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 January 2020 for a first review (manuscripts approx. 45,000 to 70,000 characters; also shorter submissions are welcome). For further information, see: friedenswarte.bwv-verlag.de

Please note: the editors also accept general articles on any aspect of peace studies lying outside this issue’s focus.

November 2019

   
ifhv logo   CALL FOR PAPERS:
Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict / Humanitäres Völkerrecht (JILPAC / huV)
“Business and Human Rights”
Deadline: 15 January 2020                                                

We invite submissions of articles focusing on the following topics:
  • Business and Human Rights;
  • Corporate responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law;
  • Legal and voluntary regulation specifically within the food- or the clothing sector
Articles not relating to the special focus of this issue are equally welcome. Contributions can be submitted in English or German. We further welcome conference reports, book reviews (upon request), and case notes. For this issue, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger (Ruhr University Bochum) and Associate Prof. Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Talahma (Birzeit University) will serve as special editors. The issue is supported by the Arab German Young Academy (AGYA).

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://elibrary.bwv-verlag.de/journal/huv

30 October 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Benedikt Behlert and Maximilian Bertamini. You can access "In dubio contra bellum - Why the Prohibition to Use Force will survive Turkey's Operation Peace Spring" through our website [Part 1, Part 2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

22 October 2019

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger was interviewed by Legal Tribune Online and commented on Turkey's military offensive in Northern Syria. Please follow the [link] to access the piece (in German) on why Turkey's actions violate international law.

19 October 2019

   
heintze 300kolossa 300bertamini 300özdemir 300manandhar 300   This weekend, the IFHV, the German Red-Cross Regional Branch of Lower Saxony (DRK-Landesverband Niedersachsen), and the Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony (Nds. Justizministerium) held the long-established annual training seminar "Tagung für Rechtsrefrendare und Konventionsbeauftragte" in Bad Pyrmont. The IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini, Hans-Joachim Heintze, Stephan Koloßa, Özgen Özdemir and Timeela Manandhar presented on IHL and current challenges, including cyber warfare, IHL and the Syrian conflict, the relationship between IHL and international human rights law and international criminal law as a means of enforcing IHL.

17 October 2019

   
masadeh 300   Today, the IFHV's Mais Masadeh presented a research paper on the social ambiguities and ambivalences encompassing the situation of refugees in Germany at the Third DAAD PhD Colloquium, which took place at TU Dortmund. The colloquium series, a cooperative endeavour between the TU's International Office and the DAAD Freundeskreis club, enables international doctoral candidates and guest researchers at the TU, as well as DAAD scholarship holders from throughout the Ruhr area to present their research projects and discuss them with an interdisciplinary audience. The focus lies on fostering dialogue that exceeds disciplinary boundaries, so that presenters can acquire and improve upon competencies in scientific communication.

14 October 2019

   
thielboerger 300kolossa 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger and Stephan Koloßa, together with Christine Utz and Thorsten Holz have just published a new article on the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO). They present initial research findings on the DSGVO's implications for internet services and future potential legislative projects worldwide.

Please follow the [link] to access a preview of the piece.

11 October 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   Many refugees now living in Germany have faced traumatic experiences, before and during their flight as well as after their arrival. Such experiences can lead to mental disorders including depression, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder. As a result, the demand for culture-sensitive diagnosis, as well as measures for prevention and treatment, have grown rapidly. On 10 and 11 October, approximately 70 scholars from seven associations, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, met in Bochum to discuss their collaborative projects in the area of​ ​clinical research. These aim to develop scientifically sound and culturally sensitive approaches to address challenges in the treatment of refugees. As a basis for international comparison and to provide an external perspective, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul gave the introductory lecture on different forms of support for refugees and IDPs in northern Uganda and South Sudan. He indicated that, so far, psychological care only plays a minor role in international aid efforts towards displaced people.

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

1 October 2019

   
heintze 300   At its 2019 reunion, the council in charge of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) elected Professor Therese Murphy (Queen's University Belfast) and the IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze as Deputy Chairpersons. Comprising 41 university representatives, the EMA Council is responsible for the implementation of high-quality teaching during the first semester in Venice and the second semester at one of the member universities.

23 September 2019

   
borgmann 300   In cooperation with their "ResOrt" project partners from the University of Wuppertal, the IFHV’s Professor Dennis Dijkzeul and Carolin Borgmann conducted a Workshop in Wuppertal with representatives of the city's administration, civil protection organisations, charities and neigbourhood organisations. Under the headline „Resililence through social cohesion in Wuppertal“ the participants discussed local risks and challenges, cooperation potential and barriers among the present types of organisations as well as measurements and strategies, which might lead to enhanced of social cohesion in the municipality of Wuppertal. Please follow the [link] for more information on the "ResOrt" project ("Resilienz durch Sozialen Zusammenhalt - Die Rolle von Organisationen).

22 September 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   From 13 to 22 September, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul supported and presented at a Caritas Workshop in Wau, South Sudan. The workshop was based on his earlier evaluations of four local organizations - Caritas Gulu, the Mary Help Association, the Bishop Gassis Relief and Rescue Fund, and the Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate - that work to improve the lot of displaced and marginalized South Sudanese.
The workshop aimed to help the organizations to learn from each other's activities in such areas as vocational training, micro-credit, soap production, and agriculture. In addition, representatives of the four organizations strenghtened their skills in project cycle management and evaluation, particularly in developing indicators that helped them to move from an output- to an outcome- or impact-oriented approach.

22 September 2019

   
ramsahye 300   The IFHV's Robin Ramsahye presented his PhD Project "The Conceptualization of Vulnerable Groups in Human Rights Law through the Prism of Land" at the 3rd Biennale Hamburg Young Scholars' Workshop in International Law. Over two days, 14 PhD candidates from all over the world presented their projects in international law, received feedback from their peers and engaged in extensive discussion. 

18 September 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Rouven Diekjobst, written together with Lennard Dute. You can access "Playing with Fire - Is the aid pledged by the G7 an offer Brazil's President Bolsonaro cannot refuse?" through our [website] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

17 September 2019

   
wrr200919   Today, the IFHV and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, together with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) presented the English language version of the 2019 WorldRiskReport and the WorldRiskIndex to politicians, staff of humanitarian organisations, and members of the interested public at an event in Brussels.

The full report is now available for download. It finds that climate change induced water shortage exacerbates disaster risk and increases societal vulnerability.

16 September 2019

   
behlert 300   The IFHV‘s Benedikt Behlert is starting a Junior Visiting Fellowship at Geneva's Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. His stay is funded by the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research with a Sylff Research Abroad travel grant. During his four months in Geneva, Benedikt will conduct research for his PhD project "The Necessity of a Conversation between the Administration and the Individual – The Relevance of Procedure to International Human Rights".

14 September 2019

   
kolossa 300thielboerger 300   At the 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) in Athens from 12th to 14th September, the IFHV’s Executive Director Professor Pierre Thielbörger organized and chaired two Interest Group Panels on „Human Rights Law beyond Traditional Sovereign Spaces“. In the panel „New Jurisdictional Spaces in Cyberspace“, the IFHV‘s research associate Stephan Kolossa presented his paper on „Multinational Companies and the Rule of Law in Cyberspace“. The annual
ESIL conferences bring together renowned academics and practitioners in international law to discuss one general theme. This year’s topic was „Sovereignty: A concept in flux?“.

13 September 2019

   
borgmann 300   The IFHV's Carolin Borgmann and her project partners from the University of Wuppertal organised two workshops at the annual conference of the Association for Social and Cultural Work (VskA). Entitled "Diversity unites - Unite Diversity! Community work stregthens democracy and respect", the conference brought together a multitude of representatives of neighbourhood organisations and district centers from all over Germany to discuss how community work can contribute to strengthening social cohesion.

13 September 2019

   
ackermann 300   The IFHV's Tobias Ackermann has published a chapter in the special issue "International Investment Law and the Law of Armed Conflict" of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law book series. Tobias' contribution  takes the Russian occupation and annexation of Crimea and ensuing claims by Ukrainian investors against Russia as a starting point to examine the underexplored issue whose, if any, investment treaties apply to occupied territory. Please follow the [link] for more information on the book and to access an abstract of "Investments Under Occupation: The Application of Investment Treaties to Occupied Territory".

12 September 2019

   
WRB 2019 Cover   Today, the IFHV and the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft launched the German-language version of the World Risk Report 2019 in Berlin. This year's focus issue is water supply.

The full report (in German) is available for [download]. See[here] for the press release. Please follow the links below for coverage of the report by major news outlets:

11 September 2019

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Pierre Thielbörger has just published a new article with the German Law Journal. It discusses different aspects of the “essence” concept in international human rights law, namely non-derogability, non-restrictability, and minimum core, juxtaposing it with the concept of essence in European Union fundamental rights. Please follow the [link] to read 'The "Essence" of International Human Rights'.

8 September 2019

   
kabul k   Between 3 and 8 September, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul taught a course on Project Cycle Management at the Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization in Kabul.
40 Afghan professionals working for Ministries, NGOs, the UN-System and local media attended the course.
During his stay in Kabul, Professor Dijkzeul also carried out research on the (failing) role of international organizations in addressing gender issues in Afghanistan.

1 September 2019

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV‘s Executive Director, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, was awarded a "Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship" for his research on human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law by the European University Institute (EUI) for the fall term.
Professor Thielbörger will conduct his research stay at the EUI in Florence from September to December 2019.
Please follow the [link] for more information on the proposed research.

30 August 2019

   
thielboerger 300manandhar 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger und Timeela Manandhar have just published a piece with Völkerrechtsblog, analysing the Revised Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights.

Please follow the [link] to access "Handschlag oder Kniefall" previously published in English with EJIL: Talk!.

26 August 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Pierre Thielbörger and Timeela Manandhar.
You can access "Una-Fjord-able - Why Trump cannot buy Greenland" through our website [Part 1, Part 2] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

23 August 2019

   
manandhar 300thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger and Timeela Manandhar have just published a piece with EJIL: Talk! Please follow the [link] to read "Bending the Knee or Extending the Hand to Industrial Nations? A Comment on the New Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights".

22 August 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Shaira-Hena Osman and Stephan Koloßa.
You can access "Alle Wege führen nach Dublin - Über die rechtswidrige Rückschiebung eines afghanischen Flüchtlings nach Griechenland" through our [website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

21 August 2019

   
dijkzeul 300brück 300 kolossa 300osman 300   The IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul  is guest editor of the latest issue of the Journal of International Peace and Organization / Die Friedens-Warte. Issue 1-2 2017-2019 also includes pieces by the IFHV's Svea Brück (conference report), Stephan Koloßa and Shaira-Hena Osman (both book reviews).

Please follow the [link] for more information.

19 August 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul gave an interview on his work as an academic in the field of international humanitarian action. He specifically relates some of his experiences of working in crisis regions, as he is set to travel to Afghanistan and South Sudan this September.

Please follow the [link] to access the interview.

14 August 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Robin Ramsahye. You can access "Land and Identity - On India's Revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's Special Constitutional Status" through our [website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

12 August 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Fiza Lee. You can access "Between Policy and Reality - On the Challenges of Being a Refugee in Asia" through our [website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

10 August 2019

   
sumschool2019   This week, twenty-five students from all over the world participated in the IFHV's Summer School "Humanitarian Action". From Monday to Wednesday, students attended introductory lectures and seminars on the humanitarian system, the meaning of (humanitarian) crises, internally displaced people and refugees, international humanitarian and criminal law as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
On Thursday and Friday, they engaged in a humanitarian simulation exercise, representing humanitarian and other actors in a crisis scenario, set in the fictional country of Petoland. Today, the Summer School closed with a general evaluation and a career panel that brought students together with a number of seasoned international humantiarian workers.

19 July 2019

   
bertamini 300osman 300özdemir 300bosl 300manandhar 300   The IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini, Shaira-Hena Osman, Özgen Özdemir and external doctoral students Theresa Bosl and Timeela Manandhar celebrated their graduation at the invitation of Ruhr University's Faculty of Law. As the law graduate with the third highest score of all RUB students, Maximilian delivered part of this year's commencement speech for RUB's law graduates.

Our Institute congratulates its students on their success!

Please follow the [Link] to access photos of the event.

18 July 2019

   
kolossa 300   The IFHV's Stephan Koloßa recently gave media interviews on the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, specifically the case of the Sea Watch 3.

Please follow the links to access the interviews:[Link1], [Link2]

16 July 2019

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger spoke at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) during the 16th annual conference of the Institute's legal section. In his presentation, Professor Thilebörger shed light on new developments regarding business and human rights in International and European law.
He emphasized in particular efforts to draft a new binding treaty on business and human rights as well as to implement the existing United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights via national action plans.

13 July 2019

   
masadeh 300   The IFHV's Mais Masadeh presented her doctoral research on the resilience of victims of war currently living in Germany at the workshop “Politics, Identities and Relationships in the Transatlantic World”, which took place at City University of New York (CUNY) between July 8-13 in NY. The programme was organized and funded by the CUNY Graduate Center, the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, the EU Studies Center, and Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)'s Research School.
Led by Professor Goschler, Dean of the Faculty of History, and Professor Torpey, Director of the R.Bunche Institute, the program focuses on leading a platform of transatlantic research cooperation in interdisciplinary fields and an exchange of academic and professional skills. To ensure continuity, the sixth programme-meeting will convene in July 2020 at RUB, welcoming researchers from American institutions.

5 July 2019

   
meis 300   The IFHV's Mareike Meis successfully defended her doctoral thesis at Ruhr University Bochum's Faculty of Philology. Entitled „Die Ästhetisierung und Politisierung des Todes – Der Syrienkonflikt im Handy-Todesvideo unter einer diffraktiven Perspektive“ [The Aestheticization and Politization of Death – The Syrian Conflict in Mobile Death Videos in a Diffractive Perspective], the dissertation was supervised by
Prof. Dr. Astrid Deuber-Mankowsy (Institute for Media Studies, RUB) and Prof. Dr. Eva Warth (Institute for Media Studies, RUB).
Congratulations!

4 July 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Rouven Diekjobst. You can access "The International Whaling Regime - A Law with no Teeth" through our [website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

1 July 2019

   
berlin28062019k   Last Friday, on 28th of June, 2019, the IFHv’s Executive Director Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, and CHA’s Managing Director, Ralf Südhoff, met  with EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, in Berlin. Topics of discussion were chances and challenges of Humanitarian Action in Germany and Europe, including in particular the role of education for and in humanitarian action.

30 June 2019

   
newsletter1 2019   The Summer Edition of our bi-annual [newsletter] is out, highlighting IFHV
activities from the first half of 2019.

Enjoy the read!

25 June 2019

   
ramsahye 300   Today, the IFHV's Robin Ramsahye presented a research paper at the Manchester International Law Center's first Emerging Scholars WorkshopIn two sets of parallel sessions, eight doctoral students discussed their projects among each other and received feedback from Professors Jean d'Aspremont, Iain Scobbie, Yenkong Hodu, Fabián Cárdenas and Shavana Musa.
The students were also given advice on publishing PhD manuscripts and pursuing an academic career in international law.

19 June 2019

   
borgmann 300   Between 10 and 12 June, the IFHV's Carolin Borgmann participated in the fourth Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) at Uppsala University.
Carolin, and her ResOrt-project partner, Bo Tackenberg sat spoke on the panel “Post disaster resiliency: Planning to meet community needs during the short-term recovery phase”.
Together, they gave a presentation on “Community resilience: 'Lost Letters' for measuring the willingness to provide social support”.
The conference brought together academics and practitioners from various research disciplines, serving as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange on the prevention and mitigation of slow and rapid onset disasters, crisis and disaster management, crisis communication, social networks, and community resilience

17 June 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   The IFHV's Professor Dijkzeul gave a presentation on the evaluation of the Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. The ARM project was carried out by the Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization and evaluated by Professor Dijkzeul and colleagues from Canada and Afghanistan. This project combined human rights monitoring, evidence-based advocacy and capacity building. The discussion at the Ministry focused on the outcomes of ARM and the importance of long-term projects to strengthen human rights in countries such as Afghanistan.

13 June 2019

   
thielboerger 300   Professor Pierre Thielbörger has been reelected President of the General Assembly of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) in this week's election in Brussels.
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 IFHV congratulates Professor Thielbörger on his reelection and look forward to further fruitful cooperation with our NOHA partners.

11 June 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Dijkzeul spoke at Caritas Germany in Freiburg, presenting his food security evaluation of three non-governmental organizations active in South Sudan and Northern Uganda. In particular, participants discussed the evaluation's recommendations, for example on climate change adaptation and agriculture, for the three organizations as well as Caritas Germany. The evaluation will be used as a basis a food security and capacity building workshop that Caritas will hold this autumn in Wau, South Sudan's second city.

6 June 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Dijkzeul gave a lecture on "Strengthening Social Cohesion in Warzones and Refugee Camps" at the Bergische Universiät Wuppertal, chaired by Prof. Frank Fiedrich. Professor Dijkzeul provided participants with insights from his recent research in South Sudan and Northern Uganda. 

6 June 2019

   
kolossa 300   The IFHV's Stephan Koloßa has just published a new piece as part of the Völkerrechtsblog symposium
"The GDPR as a Global Standard-Setter for Data Protection". Please follow the [LINK] to access "The charm of jurisdictions: a modern version of Solomon's judgment?"

5 June 2019

   
u1 HuV nackt 3D   The new issue of "Humanitäres Völkerrecht" (HuV) edited by the IFHV has just been published. This issue's topic is "70 Jahre Genfer Konventionen" - "The Geneva Conventions' 70th anniversary".

Please follow the [link] for details.

4 June 2019

   
rasho   Today, the IFHV and the social sciences department hosted a talk entitled "What comes after ISIS slavery?" with two distinguished guests: Ms Salwa Rasho is a Yazidi survivor who was abducted by ISIS in 2014 along with thousands of other women and children. Now, living safely in Germany, Salwa advocates for victims of war, especially women and children.

Mr. Mirza Dinnayi is the founder of Luftbrücke-Irak, and a human rights activist, who was among those taking the lead to assist many victims of war in Iraq's Kurdish regions.

4 June 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Svea Brück and Julian Pricking. You can access "A Change of Course for the Military Activities Clause - On the ITLOS order in the Case concerning the detention of three Ukrainian vessels" through our website [LINK].

24 May 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Benedikt Behlert and Vanessa Bliecke.
You can access "Us & Them - On xenophobic policies and human rights" through our website [LINK], or on Völkerrechtsblog.

23 May 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published two new Bofaxe by Tassilo Singer. You can access "Retaliatory Strikes as a Reaction to Cyber Attacks - The recent Israeli Airstrike against HamasCyberHQ from an IHL perspective" through our website [Link Part 1], [Link Part 2] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

22 May 2019

   
poster   Today, the fifth session of Platform, a student panel discussion on the topic "Refugees; Challenges and Solutions", was held at the IFHV.
Panelists from Brazil, Spain, Germany and Iran discussed their experiences in working with refugees and tried to picture the situation in their respective regions of origin, thus contributing to a more global approach to migration. The event was supported by NOHA, The Global Campus of Human Rights & Gandom Foundation.

15 May 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   Between 20 April and 13 May, the IFH's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul conducted field research in South Sudan and Uganda, where he studied the progress of three food security projects. Due to conflict and climate change, several regions in South Sudan are becoming more food insecure. In addition, South-Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda also struggle to obtain food.

The first project by Mary Help Association operates in the area of Wau, the second city of South Sudan. The Bishop Gassis Relief and Rescue Fund manages the second project in Agok close to Abyei, an oil rich area disputed between Sudan and South Sudan. Both projects concern pastoralists attempting to transition to a life as farmers. The third project is run by Caritas Gula in two settlement camps for South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda.

Professor Dijkzeul found that although the projects are being well executed and have positive effects, climate change and  ongoing violence in some areas are reducing their impact. Food insecurity remains an issue that is difficult to address.

10 May 2019

   
ackermann 300   The IFHV's Tobias Ackermann is one of five recipients of the Wilhelm-und-Günter-Esser-Stiftung's doctoral scholarships, which enable PhD candidates to focus on completing their doctoral theses. RUB Rector Professor Axel Schölmerich and Birgit Fischer, chairwoman of "Gesellschaft der Freunde der RUB" awarded the scholarships at an event held at RUB's blue square.

Please follow the [link] for more information.

06 May 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Benedikt Behlert on the introduction of application fees in U.S. asylum law.

You can access "Give me your money, you tired, poor and huddled masses!" through our website [Link] or on Völkerrechtsblog.

03 May 2019

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention".
Its latest issue (1/2019) on "Revisiting the Life and Work of Raphaël Lemkin" has just been published.

Please follow the [link] to access the complete issue.

28 April 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published two new Bofaxe by the IFHV's Pierre Thielbörger and Özgen Özdemir on the ICC decision to block an Afghanistan investigation. You can access "Nun sag', wie hast du's mit Gerechtigkeit?" - Zur Gretchenfrage des IStGH, keine Afghanistan-Ermittlungen einzuleiten through our website (Link Part 1, Link Part 2) or on Völkerrechtsblog.

18 April 2019

   
özdemir 300thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger and Özgen Özdemir have just published a new piece with Legal Tribune Online. Please follow the [link] to read "Afghanistan-Fall: Politische Belastungsprobe für IStGH" (The Politics of the Afghanistan Case: The ICC put to the test)

12 April 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini and Stephan Schultz.
You can access "Keeping it clean (part 2) - On the protection of outer space as part of the environment" through our website or on Völkerrechtsblog.

11 April 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini and Stephan Schultz.
You can access "Keeping it clean (part 1) - On the prohibition on the use of force in an ASAT context" through our website or on Völkerrechtsblog.

10 April 2019

   
rosenow williams 300beckmann 300zimmermann 300   The IFHV's Kerstin Rosenow-Williams, Alina Bergedieck and Inga Zimmermann have just published an article entitled "Human Security Perspectives on Refugee Children in Germany". The article is part of the journal Children & Society's special issue on "Children at Risk in the 20th and 21st Century".
The authors analyze challenges and solutions for the situation of accompanied children in refugee accommodations along the seven human security dimensions economy, environment, food, health, personal, community and political rights, focusing in particular on developments since 2014.

The article (Rosenow-Williams, Kerstin; Zimmermann, Inga; Bergedieck, Alina (2019): Human Security Perspectives on Refugee Children in Germany. In: Children & Society 33 (3), S. 253–269. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12330.) can be accessed [here].

9 April 2019

   
kolossa 300   Today, the IFHV in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) hosted the 9th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance. Held in Bochum for the second time, the event was chaired by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa.
Participants used the opportunity to present and discuss their research in several disciplines, including law and social sciences.

9 April 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   Together with his colleagues, Prof. Dr. Dorothea Hilhorst and Peter Heintze, the IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul published an opinion piece in the Dutch quality newspaper "De Volksrant" on the hardship of Venezuelan refugees in Curacao.
In this context, the piece also explained the somewhat complicated relationship between the governments of Curacao and the Dutch government, who are both part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Please follow the [link] to read "The Netherlands need to meet its duty of care in Curacao" (in Dutch).

Update: The piece can now also be [accessed] in English.

4 April 2019

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Thielbörger chaired a discussion panel marking the presentation of the German Federal Foreign Office's strategy on humanitarian aid abroad for the period of 2019 to 2023.
The panel session on „Humanitäre Hilfe im Wandel – globale Entwicklungen und die Herausforderung humanitären Zugangs“ (humanitarian aid in flux - global developments and the challenge of humanitarian access) was held at the Foreign Office's Berlin headquarters and was attended by around 200 guests, including members of the Bundestag as well as representatives of ministries and humanitarian organizations.

Please follow the [link] to access the strategy paper.

3 April 2019

   
kimep s   The IFHV is now cooperating with KIMEP University Almaty, Kazahkstan in organising research stays for graduate students of KIMEP and Ruhr-Universität Bochum respectively. The planned research outcomes undertaken by NOHA students in Kazakhstan and Kazhak students in Bochum will be jointly published.

The cooperation builds on a workshop on water scarcity in Central Asia, which was held from 25 February to 1 March at the IFHV. The event, which brought KIMEP professors and students to Bochum was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of its East-West-Dialogue programme. Given the number of conflicts in Central Asia at both international and national levels, the aim is to establish forms of dialogue through higher education, to promote understanding and develop solutions.

28 March 2019

   
heintze 300   The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze gave an interview to "Deutsche Welle" for an article on the German government's conduct vis-à-vis Venezuela's Juan Guaidó.

Please follow the [link] to read "Für Guaidó, aber gegen Gebauer":

26 March 2019

   
dijborg   The IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul and Carolin Borgmann together with their (ResOrt consortial) research partners from University Wuppertal and the German Red Cross General Secretariat conducted a Workshop on “Resilience through social cohesion in the municipality of Münster” at the German Red cross office Münster. Together with invited representatives from local government, charities, neighbourhood organisations and civil protection organisations they discussed permanent, acute and potential local challenges, crises and disasters, as well as the local resources, (potential) strategies and actions to strengthen social cohesion as well as intra- and intergovernmental cooperation.

Please follow the [link] for more information.

22 March 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by Timeela Manandhar and Özgen Özdemir. You can access "Responsibility to Punish - Zur Verantwortung Deutschlands für deutsche IS-Kämpfer" through our [website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

21 March 2019

   
dijkzeul 300   The IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, together with Prof. Dr. Kristin Bergtora Sandvik has edited a special issue of "Disasters" on Humantiarian Governance. Humanitarian Governance is still an understudied topic. The special issue, based on presentations at the 2016 World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in Addis Ababa addresses this gap in the literature.

Please follow the [link] for an overview of the special issue's content.

20 March 2019

   
thielboerger 300   This week, the IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielboerger spoke at the conference on "Nationalism as a challenge to the European Project" at the University of Tübingen. The event brought together experts from the fields of philosophy, politics, social sciene, law and media to discuss a range of theories regarding nationalism.
In his presentation, Professor Thielboerger addressed the legal notions of territorial integrity, self-determination and related doctrines, which he assessed in light of international and European law. He focused on highlighting similarities and differences in the frameworks' respective approaches towards nationalism, and suggested ways of how to address nationalism within the EU.

14 March 2019

   
wp9 1   We have published a new IFHV Working Paper! In her paper, entitled “The Marginalization of Girls Associated with Armed Groups: A Qualitative Field Study of the Gender-Based Challenges in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Intervention in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo”, Astrid Sevrin investigates challenges to reintegrate children formerly associated with armed groups into civilian life, and to prevent their re-recruitment.
The Working Paper examines the security-oriented approach of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Intervention in North Kivu and its potential impact on the conflict, with a focus on barriers girls face in accessing DDR programmes and in reintegrating their communities. [link]

5 March 2019

   
bofax19   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini and Rouven Diekjobst.
You can access "Trading Blows - On the military tensions between India and Pakistan" on our [website] or on [Völkerrechtsblog].

5 March 2019

   
ifhv logo   We are happy to announce a new collaboration between the IFHV and Völkerrechtsblog. Our Bofaxe, academic snapshots of up-to-the minute news in international law as produced by international law researchers at the IFHV and affiliated scholars will from now on be published on the blog.

Please follow the [link] for more information

2 March 2019

   
WorkshopTA   The IFHV's Tobias Ackermann, together with Sebastian Wuschka, organised an expert workshop on "The Role of International Investment Law in Armed Conflicts, Disputed Territories, and 'Frozen' Conflicts". The event was held on 1 and 2 March at Ruhr University's "Blue Square" and kindly sponsored by RUB Research School. In three panels, chaired by Professor Marco Sassòli (University of Geneva), Professor Pierre Thielbörger (IFHV) and Dr. Isabella Risini (RUB), emerging and established scholars and practitioners presented their research, which was subjected to extensive discussion. Speakers included Professor Christina Binder (University of the German Federal Armed Forces Munich) and newly elected UN Human Rights Committee member Professor Vasilka Sancin (University of Ljubljana).

1 March 2019

   
LunchTalk   Today, the lunch talk "Karrieren im Internationalen Recht" (Careers in International Law) was held at the IFHV. Dr. Tillmann Rudolf Braun (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), Dr. Nadine Lederer (Hogan Lovells, Munich) and Professor Karsten Nowrot (University of Hamburg) provided interested students and PhD candidates with insights into their career paths in academia and practice.
The event was moderated and organised by Tobias Ackermann and Sebastian Wuschka and kindly sponsored by RUB Research School.

25 February 2019

   
prassdikjo   RUB's team at this year's Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition placed fourth in the German national rounds in Hamburg (21-23 February 2019). The team was coached by the Chair of Professor Dr. Adelheid Puttler and the Centre for International Affairs (ZfI). The IFHV's Rouven Diekjobst and Judith Prasse were part of the team that only had to surrender to the national champions (Hertie School of Governance) in the semi finals.

The IFHV congratulates both the RUB team and the coaches on their great success!

21 February 2019

   
bergezim   The IFHV's Alina Bergedieck and Inga Zimmermann gave a presentation entitled `Addressing the multi-layered security situation in refugee accommodations: Shifting responsibilities to the local level?´ at the workshop `The Migration – Security Nexus from a Transnational Perspective´.
The event of the British International Studies Association and the Working Group on the "International Politics of Migration, Refugees and Diasporas"  
was organized by Foteini Kalantzi and Maria Koinova and took place at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

12 February 2019

   
car   The IFHV's Professor Katrin Radtke has just returned from the Central African Republic, where she visited a number of projects conducted by NGO Welthungerhilfe in and around the capital Bangui.

As one of a few organizations operating in this highly volatile context, Welthungerhilfe has recently started to implement sustainable development projects in order to promote the link between relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD).

28 January 2019

   
nohastudents2018   Last week, NOHA students across the network finished their first semester.

We would like to say goodbye to all NOHA students who spent the semester at the IFHV in Bochum and wish them the best moving forward with the programme.

25 January 2019

   
masadeh 300   The IFHV's Mais Masadeh presented a research paper entitled “The ‘Arrival: The Migration of Female Yazidi Survivors of the Islamic State to Germany” at the European Sociological Association's conference of the Research Network "Sociology of Migration" (RN35), held on 24 and 25 January in Strasbourg, France. In her paper, Mais discusses the concept of Ankommen within the transnational life-experiences of Yazidi women currently living in Germany. The paper concludes that, due to a faltering integration process, they are still in the process of building and expanding their social networks that remain limited to a few access points (social workers, religious communities and voluntary civic society).

Please follow the [link] to access the conference programme.

23 January 2019

   
zimmermann 300   Today, the IFHV´s Inga Zimmermann gave a presentation on "Flucht und Geschlecht" at the workshop "Integration von Menschen mit Fluchterfahrung in NRW", organized by Dr. Anna Mratschkowski. Master students presented results from their research seminar on integration of refugees in North Rhine-Westphalia, focusing on the role of education, social capital, labour market integration and networks.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the workshop.


19 January 2019

   
bertifri   Today, Bochum's central Dr. Ruer Square was transformed into a disaster response unit. Participants set up a field hospital and attended workshops on current issues in humanitarian action, including the use of social media and the application of 3D Printers in situations of crisis. In this context, the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini and Marius Fritz spoke on the application of International Humanitarian Law to situations occuring in Outer Space.

The exercise was jointly coordinated by the German Red Cross local branches of Bochum and Westfalen-Lippe (DRK Kreisverband Bochum e.V., DRK-Landesverband Westfalen-Lippe e.V.), the Medical Faculty of WWU Münster, the University of Applied Sciences Münster and the IFHV’s NOHA Programme.

Please follow the [link] for details on the event.

19 January 2019    
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger gave a panel presentation, entitled "The Principle of Proportionality in German, European and International Law: Comparative Observations" at the Conference "Das Rechte Maß aus arabischer und deutscher Perspektive". Organized by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), the panel was part of the "Salon Sophie Charlotte" at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste.

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


18 January 2019

   
zimmermann 300   Today, the IFHV´s Inga Zimmermann gave an introductory keynote speech at the student conference "Geschlecht erforschen - Männlichkeiten und Subjektivierung", held at the University of Osnabrück. Inga's speech was entitled "Männerherzen sind stärker als Frauenherzen - Flucht und Männlichkeit in deutschen Kommunen".
The conference, organized by Prof.-Vertr. Dr. Katrin Huxel, Prof.-Vertr. Dr. Judith von der Heyde and Judith Conrads, enabled master students to present results from their respective research seminars.

Please follow the [link] to access the conference programme.

17 January 2019

   
geiss d   Professor Robin Geiß, LL.M. (NYU) spent two days at the IFHV. Yesterday, he held a guest lecture  on "Cybersicherheit und Völkerrecht" (Cyber Security and International Law) before students, doctoral candidates and post doctoral researchers in law and related fields. One of the leading experts on this topical issue, Professor Geiß spoke about possible responses of international law to cyber attacks, global hacker campaigns and hybrid operations in view of manipulating public opinion. The event was organized in cooperation with RUB's Faculty of Law's Zentrum für Internationales (ZFI).
Following the lecture and continuing today, he discussed a range of doctoral projects with several of the institute's PhD candidates, providing them with sustained feedback and input regarding different stages of their work. Professor Geiß's stay at the IFHV was kindly sponsored by a Visiting International Professor (VIP) Grant of RUB's Research School.  

17 January 2019

   
textbook   "International Humanitarian Action - NOHA Textbook" is part of Springer's Highlights in Law 2018 as one of the most downloaded new books in the field.
Edited by the IFHV's Professors Hans-Joachim Heintze and Pierre Thielbörger, the book examines a wide range of issues pertaining to humanitarian action in five parts, presented by specialists from different academic fields. The respective sections reflect the five core modules of the NOHA Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action: World Politics, International Law, Public Health, Anthropology and Management.

For more information, please follow the [link].


9 January 2019

   
funke 300   The IFHV’s Carolin Funke participated in a Technical Steering Committee Meeting within the project “Leave no one behind! Mainstreaming of Disability in Humanitarian Action”. The meeting took place at the Berlin Representation Office of Handicap International e.V. (HI), together with a representative of the Christoffel-Blindenmission e.V. (CBM). The project, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, seeks to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities in German humanitarian action.

27 December 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention". Its latest issue (3/2018) on "Justice and the Prevention of Genocide“ has just been published.

Please follow the [link] to access the complete issue.

24 December 2018

   
ifhv logo   The IFHV team wishes all its friends and partners Happy Holidays! We sincerely thank you for all the support you have given us this year.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2019 and continuing our cooperation with you.

23 December 2018

   
dijkzeul 300   The IFHV's Professor Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul, together with his colleague, Dr. Bwimana Aembe, has just published the paper "Humanitarian Governance and the Consequences of the State-fragility Discourse in the [Democratic Republic of Congo] DRC's Health Sector."
The Overseas Development Institute published the paper as part of its Working Paper series on "Researching livelihoods and services affected by conflict" for the Sustainable Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC). This consortium was funded by UK aid from the UK Government, Irish Aid and the European Commission.

Please follow the [link] to acces the paper.


21 December 2018

   
Dec2   The new issue of "Humanitäres Völkerrecht" (HuV) edited by the IFHV has just been published.
This issue's topic is "Mittel und Methoden der Konflikt- und Kriegsführung" - "Means and methods of (armed) conflicts".

20 December 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by Dr. Jana Hertwig on sexualized violence in today's armed conflicts. You can now [access] "Sexualisierte Gewalt in heutigen bewaffneten Konflikten".

19 December 2018

   
gudehus 300   Today, the IFHV's Christian Gudehus held a research seminar on "Practices of Violence" at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. After discussing what practice is and why it may be worthwhile to use the concept in the field of violence research, Christian explored the many problems of translating theory into empirical research, presenting a collaborative net-based research approach.

18 December 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Theresa Bosl on the prospects of peace talks in Stockholm between the government of Yemen and the Huthi rebels.

You can access "Eine neue Hoffnung für den Jemen? Zum Beginn der Friedensgespräche in Stockholm" [here]

17 December 2018

   
krause 300   Today, the Global Compact on Refugees was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The IFHV's Professor Ulrike Krause has just authored a piece on the Compact's potential to enhance international protection of refugees, Please follow the [link] to read "Nicht mächtig, aber zukunftsträchtig: Zum Potenzial des globalen Flüchtlingspakts"

17 December 2018

   
Dec1   From 16 to 17 December, the IFHV's Prof. Robert Heinsch, Christian Gudehus, and Timeela Manandhar participated in the 4th Annual IHL Clinic Exchange Conference at Università Roma Tre, Italy.
The conference provided an opportunity to exchange information and best practices with International Humanitarian Law Clinics from around the world, and to present the work and results of the newly established Bochum IHL Clinic. The exchange between existing and new IHL Clinics was facilitated by the Law and Policy Forum of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss Embassy to Italy.

16 December 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus has published a piece with the Journal of Perpetrator Research. Please follow the [link] to access "Some remarks on the label, field, and heuristics of Perpetrator Research"

15 December 2018

   
dijborg   The IFHV 's Carolin Borgman and Professor Dennis Dijkzeul co-authored a report on a workshop Carolin held in September as part of the research project “Resilience through social cohesion – the role of organisations” (ResOrt).

Please follow the [link] to access "Nachbarschaft im Wandel - Sozialer Zusammenhalt und Bewältigung von Umbrüchen"

14 December 2018

   
gudehus 300   Today, the IFHV's Christian Gudehus held a workshop on working with qualitative data analysis (QDA), specifically using the software MAXQDA, in the context of historical research at the C2DH - Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History in Esch-sur-Alzette. QDA methods are used to manually classify text segments based on a custom-made system of codes and using text interpretation. Participants also reflected on the integration of qualitative data analysis in the research workflow and its value as a research method.

13 December 2018

   
dijborg   On 12 and 13 December, the IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul and Carolin Borgman took part in the kick-off network meeting of the funding line “Zusammenhalt stärken in Zeiten von Krisen und Umbrüchen” (Strengthening social cohesion in times of crises and change) of the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)).
Together with their project consortium colleagues from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and the German Red Cross, they presented preliminary research findings from their project “Resilience through social cohesion – the role of organisations" (ResOrt). They also discussed options for future cooperation with representatives of the other funded projects.

4 December 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini on tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Please follow the [LINK] to read "Stille Wasser sind tief… Zur völkerrechtlichen Lage des Konflikts im flachsten Meer der Welt".

1 December 2018

   
Prof Dr Ipsen k   On 29 and 30 November, the IFHV celebrated its 30th anniversary with an international conference, attended by a number of renowened academics from the fields of law and social sciences as well as leading practitioners. Through panel discussions and keynote speeches, the event looked back at specific problems of the last 30 years in the realms of law and politics of peace and armed conflict, connecting them to current challenges. Issues discussed included the potential for a new “cold war”, challenges facing the International Criminal Court (ICC), terrorism twenty years after "9/11", customary humanitarian law 15 years after the groundbreaking ICRC study on the matter, the humanitarian situation in Libya and Syria seven years after the “Arab Spring", the refugee “crisis” in Germany as well as cyberspace and international law. The IFHV was privileged to welcome Prof. Dr. Bertram Schmitt (Judge at the ICC), Prof. Dr. Knut Ipsen (founder of the IFHV, former Rector at RUB and former President of the Red Cross) as well as Prof. Dr. Axel Schölmerich (current Rector at RUB) as guests of honour.

30 November 2018

   
behlert 300   The IFHV's Benedikt Behlert authored a piece for the Verfassungsblog. Please follow the [link] to read
"The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration – Hope for our Constitutive Commitments?".

29 November 2018

   
ifhv logo   On November 29th and 30th the IFHV will celebrate its 30 year anniversary with a conference on "The Past, Present and Future of the International Law and Politics of Peace and Armed Conflict". Please find the programme [here].

27 November 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Marius Fritz on an action of four Pakistani citizens against German business KiK, currently before the regional court of Dortmund. Please follow the [LINK] to read "Die Causa KiK Verantwortlichkeit von Unternehmen für Menschenrechtsverletzungen durch Zulieferer".

19 November 2018

   
beh ifhv risk2   The WorldRiskReport was released today, one day before Universal Children’s Day, by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft.
One of the report’s key major findings: Children are particularly at risk of physical injury and death during disaster resulting from extreme natural events such as earthquakes and cyclones. In the chaos following disasters, the rights of young people guaranteed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child are often neglected to the point of criminality.

A key part of the report is dedicated to the WorldRiskIndex 2018, which indicates the risk of an extreme natural event leading to a disaster for 172 countries. The calculation formula takes into account a country’s exposure towards natural hazards and its societal vulnerability. The WorldRiskIndex shows that island nations are particularly at risk. Among the 15 countries with the highest risk are nine island nations, Vanuatu being the country with the highest risk index value worldwide. In terms of vulnerability, the WorldRiskIndex 2018 shows a hotspot in Africa as 13 of the 15 countries with the highest societal vulnerability are on the African continent.

13 November 2018

   
20181113k   Today, Dr. Michael Riegner, post-doctoral researcher at the Humboldt University Berlin, speaks at the IFHV on „Menschenrechtliche Unternehmensverantwortung und Transitional Justice: Der Fall Volkswagen“ („Human rights obligations for corporations and transitional justice: The case of Volkswagen“). The presentation is part of the IFHV's research cluster on „IHL Plus“.


13 November 2018

   
20181109k   The IFHV's Professor Robert Heinsch and student members of the Bochum International Humanitarian Law Clinic participated in a workshop for IHL Clinics, organized by the German Red Cross and held in Berlin from 8 to 10 November. Presentations were given by Robert Heinsch, several members of the Red Cross, the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and the Federal Ministry of Defense (Bundesverteidigungsministerium).

12 November 2018

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Thielbörger participated in the panel discussion “Necessary Evil: How to fix finance by saving human rights”. On the same panel, Professor David Kinley (University of Sydney) presented his new book published recently with Oxford University Press. Other discussants were Dr. Daniel Augenstein (University of Tilburg) and Dr. Carolijn Terwindt (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, ECCHR). The event took place in the forum of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and was attended by around 60 guests from academia, the public sector and civil society.

7 November 2018

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Thielbörger was elected by the RUB law faculty’s academic council (Fakultätsrat) as new co-director of the Center for International Affairs (Zentrum für Internationales, ZFI). The ZFI is part of the Dean's Office (Dekanat) and at the same time the faculty's central unit for all international affairs, including exchange programmes (Erasmus and others), RUB's LL.M. programme and its very successful, recently developed Anglo-American Law and Language Certificate Programme. The IFHV congratulates Professor Thielbörger on his election and looks forward to cooperation with the ZFI!

5 November 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus has just published an entry on "Gewalt", in: Carlos Kölbl, Anna Sieben (eds.). Stichwörter zur Kulturpsychologie. Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag 2018, 175-180.

Please follow the [link] to access the book's table of content and introduction.

31 October 2018

   
heinsch 300   The IFHV's Professor Robert Heinsch gave an interview to "Deutsche Welle" for an article on the trial of Rwandan nationals before German courts under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Please follow the [link] to read "Ruanda-Prozess: Funktioniert das Weltstrafrecht in Deutschland?"

30 October 2018

   
thielboerger 300   From 24 to 30 October, the IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger attended the annual conference and general assembly of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) in Cairo, Egypt. Professor Thielbörger's academic proposal for the research project "SUP-PRESS? The Crisis of the Freedom of Speech in Europe and the Arab World" won this year's AGYA "Idea Competition" - decided by vote of the AGYA general assembly amongst the many submitted proposals.
The Academy will fund the project to be exercised in the years 2018-2019. The project will address recent incidents of physical violence and threats against journalists and different forms of governmental and societal suppression of freedom of speech which have occurred over the last years - both in Europe and in the Arab world.

26 October 2018

   
funke 300   The IFHV's Carolin Funke, together with Tamar Bolkvadze of the Danish Refugee Council published a paper in the October issue of Forced Migration review (FMR). Carolin's piece, entitled "Work in progress: the Guiding Principles in Georgia" deals with the difficulties of implementing the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement in Georgia, despite their long history of support in the country.

Please follow the [link] to access FMR Issue 59.

23 October 2018

   
ifhv logo   Today, Professor Stefan Peters of Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen held a guest lecture at the IFHV, addressing "The Colombian Peace Process - Results and Perspectives". Stefan Peters holds a chair for peace studies at Gießen's Faculty of Law and serves as Academic Director of the German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ), seated in Bogotá.

19 October 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention".
Its latest issue (2/2018) on "Images And Collective Violence: Function, Use And Memory“ has just been published.

Please follow the [link] to access the complete issue.

19 October 2018

   
kolossa 300   The IFHV's Stephan Koloßa spoke at the ITechLaw 2018 European Conference, organized by the International Technology Law Association and held in Milan from 17 to 19 October. Stephan's presentation "Innovation or ePrivacy, You Can't Have It All, Can You?" was part of the panel session "Biometrics: Consent and Governance of our Most Personal Data".

Please follow the [link] for more information on the conference.

19 October 2018

   
Hof102018   Today, the IFHV’s PhD candidate Laura Hofmann and University College Dublin’s Dr. Ronan McDermott presented their working paper on the international legal protection of cultural heritage vis-à-vis the challenge of rapid urbanization at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen’s 7th “International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals” workshop.

Further information on this year’s workshop, entitled “Sustainable, Safe and Resilient Urban Settlements: The Right to the City & Urban Inclusivity”, can be found [here].

The working paper was presented within the framework of the joint Horizon2020 "Preparedness and Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV)" project.

15 October 2018

   
fotojet   Today, Caitlin McEvoy, PhD Candidate at Uppsala University spoke at the IFHV on „Fear in Post-genocide Phnom Penh and the Challenge of Education for Peace“. The presentation was given as part of the IFHV's research cluster on "Collective Violence".

13 October 2018

   
heihokora   This weekend, the IFHV, the German Red-Cross Regional Branch of Lower Saxony (DRK-Landesverband Niedersachsen), and the Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony (Nds. Justizministerium) held the long-established annual training seminar "Tagung für Rechtsrefrendare und Konventionsbeauftragte" in Bad Pyrmont.
The IFHV's Hans-Joachim Heintze, Laura Hofmann, Stephan Koloßa, and Robin Ramsahye presented on the application of IHL in Syria, the protection of cultural heritage in (armed) conflicts, current challenges of IHL, and international criminal law respectively. The IFHV is grateful to Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Gardemann of FH Münster and Patrick Kuebart of the Max-Planck-Stiftung für Internationalen Frieden und Rechtsstaatlichkeit for their insightful contributions to the dissemination seminar.

8 October 2018

   
thielboerger 300   Today, Professor Thielbörger chaired the panel "The Legal Accountability of the European Central Bank (ECB): The Limits of Procedural Review" in Berlin. Discussants of the panel included Miro Prek, Judge at the EU General Court of Justice, Doris König, Judge at the Bundesverfassungsgericht, as well as Chiara Zilioli, Director General Legal Services of the ECB. The panel discussed limits and possibilities of legal accountability within the EU, with a special focus on the legal accountability of the ECB as required by European Law and German Constitutional Law.

6 October 2018

   
krazibe   Several IFHV researchers participated in the second Conference of Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung,
a multi-disciplinary network of scholars in Germany focusing on forced migration, flight and asylum.

Professor Ulrike Krause organised a panel on "Gender, Flucht und Geflüchtete“ and was elected to the board of Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung. Doctoral candidates Benedikt Behlert and Inga Zimmermann spoke in panel sessions on human rights and asylum laws as well as masculinity in the context of flight, respectively.

The event was held between 4 and 6 October at Zentrum Flucht und Migration, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

Please follow the [link] for more information, including a detailed programme.

5 October 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by Sebastian Wuschka on the International Court of Justice's order regarding US sanctions against Iran. Please follow the [LINK] to read "Das Ende der Freundschaft: Zum IGH-Beschluss vom 3.10.2018 (Iran v. USA)".

3 October 2018

   
heintze 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke on "Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity in International Law" at the conference on "Separatism as a Challenge to International Order", held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The conference, organized by the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM), gathered experts to discuss the issue of separatism with a focus on Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.

27 September 2018

   
wp8 1   We have published a new IFHV Working Paper by NOHA Master's Alumna Lara Horstmann. The paper, entitled “Ready to Change Perspective? How a Changed Perspective on Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) Can Tackle the Weakness of Development Assistance in Protracted Crises” can be accessed here [link].

26 September 2018

   
ihlc 2018   This year, the first semester of the IFHV's Bochum International Humanitarian Law Clinic brought together a number of NOHA master students and students of Ruhr University Bochum's Faculty of Law. Under the supervision of Professor Dr. Robert Heinsch (DAAD Visiting Professor at the IFHV), the students conducted research on real life projects with the International Committee of the Red Cross, a national Red Cross Society and Médecins
Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). We look forward to next semester's clininc work with a new student cohort.

15 September 2018

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielboerger chaired a panel session "On Universality and Rights" within the European Society of International Law (ESIL)'s Human Rights Interest Group Workshop "The Universality Challenge to Human Rights Law: A Sword, A Shield, or Neither?". The workshop was part of ESIL's 14th Anniversary Conference on International Law and Universality, held in Manchester, UK, from 13-15 September.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the conference.

10 September 2018

   
maisagdd   Today, the IFHV's Mais Masadeh gave a paper presentation entitled “Coping beyond the Camp(s): Examining the lives of survivors enslaved by the Islamic State” at the international workshop of the The Right Livelihood College - Campus Bonn. The paper discussed initial findings and observations from Mais' field work. The event was funded by the Association of German Development Services (AGdD) and the DAAD and organized by the University of Bonn's Center for Development Research (ZEF).

9 September 2018

   
maishj   The IFHV's Mais Masadeh was selected as a Right Livelihood Junior Scientist at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and The Right Livelihood College (RLC) at the University of Bonn. RLC is a global capacity building initiative of Universities and awards the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. RLC promotes transdisciplinary research on sustainable development and social justice.
More information on RLC can be found [here]

The photo shows Mais with Hina Jilani, prominent Pakistani human rights advocate and Alternative Nobel Prize Awardee.

8 September 2018

   
dijkzeul 300   On 7 and 8 September, Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul and Dr. Margit Fauser organized an author's conference for the edited volume "Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs" at the IFHV.
An international group of authors discussed the roles and activities of Diaspora Organizations (DOs) in transnational development cooperation, humanitarian work, peace and conflict, struggles for labour rights and citizenship. An edited volume on this conference will be published in the Routledge Global Institutions Series in 2019. The conference was sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation.

6 September 2018

   
kolossa 300   The IFHV's Stephan Koloßa presented and discussed current progress of his Ph.D. research on the human right to privacy at the 2nd NRW-Forschungskolleg SecHuman summer school on “Usability, Cybercrime and Ethics of Cybersecurity”, held at Ruhr University Bochum from 3 to 6 September. The interdisciplinary audience was composed of inter alia computer science experts, criminologists, and lawyers; amongst them Dr. Alice Hutchings, Dr. Daniel R. Thomas (both Cambridge University) and Sara Correia (Swansea University).

More information on the summer school can be found [here]

31 August 2018    
hofmann 300   This week, the IFHV's PhD candidate Laura Hofmann participated in the summer school "Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law", organised by Leiden University and its Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague.

Further information on the summer school can be found [here].

25 August 2018

   
zimmermann 300   The IFHV's Inga Zimmermann gave a paper presentation on “Organizational Implementation of German Refugee Legislation – Communal Case Studies from a Human Security Perspective" at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference. The conference, organized by the ECPR, was held in Hamburg between 22 and 25 August.

14 August 2018

   
kolossa 300   Legal Tribune Online (LTO) has just published a new piece by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa.
Please follow the [link] to access "Gibt es ein Recht auf den sicheren Hafen?".

10 August 2018

   
heiho   Within the framework of the Horizon2020 project "Preparedness & Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV)", the IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and PhD candidate Laura Hofmann traveled to Plan International Headquarters in Woking, England for a meeting with their project partners. The IFHV is responsible for the project's work package III concerning legal frameworks for urban vulnerability and resilience.

6 August 2018

   
beh ifhv risk   The report "Risikoanalyse und Katastrophenprävention" has just been published [LINK]. It presents results of the symposium "Risk Analysis and Disaster Prevention", organized by the IFHV and Alliance Development Works (Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft) in Berlin on 2 November 2017. Participants addressed the role of risk analysis for the prevention of humanitarian disasters and discussed ways to increase benefits and applicability of risk analysis. Contributors were experts in law, social sciences, natural sciences, journalism, politics, economics and the practice of development cooperation. The report summarizes panel discussions and gathers suggestions developed during the workshops. We sincerely thank all participants for their contributions.

4 August 2018

   
ifhv logo   The IFHV Summer School "Humanitarian Action" was held at the Institute between 30 July and 4 August under the direction of Professor Dennis Dijkzeul. Eighteen students from Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Nigeria, Pakistan and the US attended courses on the set-up of the humanitarian system, international law, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
Students also carried out a simulation exercise, addressing a fictitious humanitarian crisis. Lastly, a career panel, including Médecins Sans Frontières and Aktion Canchanabury e.V. discussed career opportunities as well as difficulties in the humanitarian sector. The Deutsches Rotes Kreuz and the Bochum Fire Department provided information on volunteer training programmes.

31 July 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Robin Ramsahye. Please follow the [LINK] to read "Der Fall Sami. A: Zwischen 'Abschiebung' und 'Zurückholung'"

30 July 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa. Please follow the [LINK] to read "Zum Abschuss eines syrischen Kampfjets durch Israel".

28 July 2018

   
dijkzeul 300   From July 22 to 28, the IFHV's Professor Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul worked in Gulu, Northern Uganda, to help Caritas Gulu with its strategy formulation. Professor Dijkzeul and humanitarian staff members visited the Lamwo refugee camp and conducted a strategic analysis of Caritas Gulu's work, changes in its environment and future plans.

 24 July 2018

   
heintze 300   Within the framework of the Horizon2020 project "Preparedness & Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV)", the IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and PhD candidate Laura Hofmann traveled to University College Dublin (UCD) for a meeting with their project partners.

The IFHV is responsible for the project's work package III concerning legal frameworks for urban resilience.

21 July 2018

   
dijkzeul 300   Between 2 and 21 July, the IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul carried out field research regarding the critical situation of internally displaced people (IDPs), lacking security, protection and food, in several camps in and around Juba, capital of South Sudan. Accompanying the activities of DMIDMI, an Indian Roman Catholic relief organization, which supports IDPs and their source communities, he provided recommendations on how to improve the degree of food security for both IDPS and the communities hosting them and helped review future strategies.

21 July 2018

   
rosenow williams 300   The IFHV's Alina Bergedieck, Kerstin Rosenow-Williams and Inga Zimmermann presented two papers, “Human Security Perspectives of Refugee Children in Germany” and "Gendered Organizational Perspectives on Human Security of Refugees in Germany" at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology. The conference "Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities" was organised by the International Sociological Association and held in Toronto, Canada, from 15 - 21 July

20 July 2018

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Dr. Pierre Thielbörger spoke at the conference “A Treaty for Business and Human Rights: History, Background, Elements” at Humboldt University Berlin.
His contribution dealt with “Due Diligence Obligations of Corporations” focusing on the vagueness of corporate obligations owed and the lack of national implementation.The conference, held on 19 and 20 July, was co-organized by the host institution as well as the University of Johannesburg and the University Erlangen-Nuremberg

11 July 2018

   
horn 300   The IFHV's Jonas Horn gave a paper presentation about “Human Security Perspectives on
Refugee Children in Germany” at the workshop "Arbeit und Kooperation asylbezogener Organisationen für die Aufnahme und Integration von Flüchtlingen in Bochum".
The workshop, organised by RUB's Chair of Sociology (Organisation, Migration, Participation),
was held in Bochum on 11 July.

10 July 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus, together with Sebastian Wessels has just published a book chapter on "Symbolischer Interaktionismus", in: Oliver Decker (ed.). Sozialpsychologie und Sozialtheorie. Band 1: Zugänge. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2018, 93-106.

29 June 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger and Lucas Dawson.
Please follow the [LINK] to read "America (and its Allies) First – Human Rights Second: On the US’ Decision to leave the UN Human Rights Council".

28 June 2018

   
ifhv logo   Today, members of the IFHV´s research project "Organisational Perspectives on Human Security Standards for Refugees in Germany" (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation) organised the second networking event to bring together various researchers on forced migration which are centred at Ruhr University Bochum.
In today's session, several researchers presented findings from projects centred on the municipality of Bochum. Participants also discussed the organisation of upcoming networking events and opportunities for potential cooperation with other stakeholders. Interested RUB members who are not yet part of the network mailing list are welcome to contact
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28 June 2018

   
newsletterse18   The Summer Edition of our bi-annual [newsletter] is out, highlighting IFHV
activities from the first half of 2018.

Enjoy the read!

27 June 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa on the legality of States reacting in kind to cyber attacks.  
Please follow the [LINK] to read "„Hackback“ – Darf Deutschland zurückschlagen?"

26 June 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Robin Ramsahye. Please follow the [LINK] to read "Boris Becker: Diplomatische Immunität als Sonderbotschafter der Zentralafrikanischen Republik (ZAR)? ".

25 June 2018

   
bertamini 300   The IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini, together with Professor Thomas Feltes and Katrin List authored a contribution for the edited volume "Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education", just published by Springer. The chapter is entitled "Refugees and Social/Criminal Behaviour: More Refugees, More Offenders, More Crime? Critical Comments with Data from Germany". It addresses the development of crimes committed by and against refugees in light of the 2015/2016 mass migrations to Germany and deals with the paradox of citizens' personal impressions of sharp rises in crime, while in fact the crime rates for most offences are constantly declining. Special emphasis is put on violence against refugee women and on challenges that have to be overcome to better their situations.

22 June 2018

   
masade 300   Today, the IFHV's Mais Masadeh visited the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School to learn more about its work on human security and, in this context, discuss future cooperation through team work studies and research. Under its human security pillar, the Carr Center conducts research on modern slavery, which focuses on the causes permitting human trafficking to flourish in order to develop data-driven
policy strategies to address this issue.

21 June 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's Maximilian Bertamini on the recent joint-statement by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Please follow the [link] to read "Das Trump-Kim-Statement: Ein echter Schritt in Richtung Frieden?".

20 June 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention".
Its latest issue has just been published and includes the following contributions:

  • Paul N. Avakian: Denial in Other Forms – The Case of Guatemala
  • Laura Backie & Nick Hitchcott: ‘I am Rwanda’: Unity and Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda
  • Maria Cheung, Torsten Trey, David Matas, and Richard An: Cold Genocide: Falun Gong in China
  • Duco Heijs: The Gardening States: Comparing State Repression of Ethnic Minorities in the Soviet Union and Turkey, 1908-1945
  • Gerard Saucier & Laura Akers: Democidal Thinking: Patterns in the Mindset behind Organized Mass Killings

Please follow the [link] to access the complete issue.


19 June 2018

   
zimmerberge   The IFHV´s Alina Bergedieck and Inga Zimmermann spoke at the 5th NRW Round Table „Forschung Flucht und Integration“, presenting their first research results on human security standards for refugee children in Germany.
The event was organised in cooperation between Ruhr University Bochum and connectNRW. Other speakers included Prof. Dr. Ingke Gockenjan (RUB), Matthias Kornman (Stiftung Deutsches Forum für Kriminalprävention), and Martin Wentorf (Ministry of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia). ConnectNRW supports the exchange of humanities, social and cultural scientists with each other and beyond with other disciplines and practitioners. You can find further information at https://www.connectnrw.de/

18 June 2018

   
krause 300   The IFHV's Ulrike Krause authored the state-of-research paper "Gewalterfahrungen von Geflüchteten" (Refugees' experiences of violence) and the policy brief "Geflüchtete vor Gewalt schützen" (Protecting refugees from violence).
Please follow the links to access the pieces (in German), which form part of the joint research project "Flucht: Forschung und Transfer", as well as a press release and a brief summary of the research.

[State-of-Research Papier - Gewalterfahrungen von Geflüchteten]

[Policy Brief - Geflüchtete vor Gewalt schützen]

[Pressemitteilung]

[MIGAZIN-Gastbeitrag]

1 June 2018

   
masade 300   The IFHV's Mais Masadeh participated in the PhD workshop “Innovative Approaches to Qualitative Analysis” held between 28 May and 1 June at Aarhus University, Denmark. She presented her research and discussed challenges and solutions of documenting narration of victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery.
The intensive workshop focused on narrative inquiry and biographical methods in social sciences research.

23 May 2018

   
behlert 300   Today, the IFHV's Benedikt Behlert spoke at an event of Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachsen on the issue of providing German residence permits to the families of refugees.
Benedikt outlined the legal framework and commented on the potential implications of a German draft law to set the number of family members to receive permits at 1000 per month.
Other discussants included Yasmin Fahimi, member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and Karim Alwasiti, consultant at Flüchtlingsrat Niedersachen.

22 May 2018

   
krause 300   The IFHV's Professor Ulrike Krause authored a piece on the "Global Compact on Refugees", which was just published by the FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog of Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung. Please follow the [link] to access the piece.

17 May 2018

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Executive Director, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, spoke at the conference “The ‘Essence’ of Fundamental Rights in EU Law” in Leuven (Belgium). The conference was co-hosted by KU Leuven, the London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE and the Hertie School of Governance. Professor Thielbörger’s presentation addressed the question “Is the Concept of “Essence” of Fundamental Rights mirrored in International Human Rights Law?”. The conference brought together international academics from various states and high-level representatives of the European institutions, including the European Parliament, as well as advocate generals and judges from the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court of the European Union.

17 May 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus has just published a book chapter on "Violence as Action", in: Timothy Williams, Susanne Buckley-Zistel (eds.) Perpetrators and Perpetration of Mass Violence. Dynamics, Motivations and Concepts. Abingdon: Routledge 2018, 36-57.

15 May 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by Sebastian Wuschka on the recent arbitral award in the arbitration between Everest  Estate  et  al.  and an Russia  (PCA  Case  No.  2015-36). Please follow the [link] to read "Schiedsgericht verurteilt Russland wegen Enteignungen auf der Krim".

15 May 2018

   
heintze 300   The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze is a contributing author to the following edited volume that has just been published: The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. A Commentary, R. Hofmann/T. Malloy/D. Rein (eds.), Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden/Boston 2018.

9 May 2018

   
luelf 300   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf just published a chapter on "The Protection of (Foreign) Investment during Belligerent Occupation – Considerations on International Humanitarian Law and International Investment Law" in: B. Baade, L. Mührel, and A. Petrov (eds.), International Humanitarian Law in Areas of Limited Statehood – Adaptable and Legitimate or Rigid and Unreasonable? (Nomos 2018)

8 May 2018

   
luelf 300   Today, the IFHV's Charlotte Lülf participated in the opening ceremony of the Research Academy Ruhr at the Stiftung Mercator in Essen. The Research Academy Ruhr is a newly institutionalised platform of the University Alliance Ruhr (Universitätsallianz Ruhr - UA Ruhr) to provide and develop perspectives and joint programmes for young researchers [link].

4 May 2018

   
krause 300   The IFHV's Prof. Ulrike Krause's gave a presentation on “Forced Migration, Conflict, Violence: Gender-sensitive reading of Developments in Sub-Sahara Africa” at the conference “Peace and Conflict Studies: Perspectives from the Global South”.
The event, organised by Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter, was held at the University of Erfurt's Willy Brandt School of Public Policy on 3 and 4 May.

3 May 2018

   
ifhv logo   Today, a special networking meeting was held at the IFHV between Institute and representatives of RUB's social science faculty and several civil protection organisations, such as the Bochum fire department, German Red Cross, German Live Saving Association, Maltese Order and Workers’ Samaritan Federation. The participants explored possible forms of cooperation to render volunteer engagement more attractive for students. Points of discussion included obtaining credit points for volunteer work, potential BA or MA thesis topics, the possibility of internships and prospective benefits from specific training courses provided by the organisations.

3 May 2018

   
hague k   The IFHV's current NOHA students spent the day in the Hague, visiting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court - ICC. At the ICC, they met with Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan for a Q&A session.

The field trip is part of the second semester course module "Legal Institutions".

2 May 2018

   
thielboerger 300   Professor Dr. Pierre Thielbörger just published the article "Propaganda-blindes Völkerrecht?" in the edited collection "Propaganda als neue außen-  und sicherheitspolitische Herausforderung" published by the Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.
The volume is part of the series "Schriften des Hellmuth-Loening-Zentrums für Staatswissenschaften Jena", edited by Professor Torsten Oppelland of the Hellmuth-Loening-Zentrum of the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena. In the article, Professor Thelbörger distinguishes several (old and new) forms of propaganda in international relations and discusses their (il-)legality under public international law.

28 APRIL 2018

   
thielboerger 300   On 27 April 2018Professor Dr. Pierre Thielbörger participated in the panel discussion on "Marriage Equality" at Ruhr University Bochum. The panel consisting of Professor Marc Perlin (Suffolk University Boston) and Professor Pierre Thielbörger (Ruhr University Bochum) discussed marriage equality from a constitutional perspective, comparing in particular the US and German constitutional situation. The panelists engaged the question how over the time the law and constitutional case law in Germany and in the US has developed and which comparisons can be drawn between the two legal orders in this regard. The event was moderated by Dr. Judit Beke-Martos of the Center for International Affairs of RUB's law faculty and attended by about 40 to 50 participants.

26 APRIL 2018

   
dijkzeul 300   From 21 to 26 April, the IFHV's Prof. Dennis Dijkzeul delivered a Certified Course on Program / Project Cycle Management and Evaluation at the APPRO - Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization in Kabul, Afganistan.
30 Afghan professionals from civil society organizations, UN organizations, the media and public institutions attended the course, which is part of an ongoing cooperation between APPRO and the IFHV.

26 APRIL 2018

   
fotojet   Today, Mirza Dinnayi gave a presentation at the IFHV on “The ongoing Genocide of the Yazidis”. Dinnayi is the founder and director of Luftbrücke Irak, a humanitarian organization that works to provide mental-health and legal support to Iraqi victims of torture in Germany.
The talk was held as part of the IFHV's research cluster on "Collective Violence".

17 APRIL 2018

   
mais ppe2018   The IFHV's, Mais Masadeh participated in the 8th Annual International Conference on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, held between 16 and 17 April in Brussels. The discussions focused on European strategies to combat human trafficking, developing mechanisms to improve cooperation and information sharing, strengthening multi-agency responses and safeguarding victims. Mais presented her own reearch during the initial pre-conference meeting and discussed possible research collaborations with participants.

11 APRIL 2018

   
dijborg   In the context of their research project “Resilience through social cohesion – the role of organisations” (ResOrt), the IFHV’s Professor Dennis Dijkzeul and research asscociate Carolin Borgmann attended the project's second official consortium meeting at the German Red Cross General Secretariat in Berlin on 10/11 April. The project partners recapitulated the first six month of the project, planned the next working steps and presented current research findings.

10 APRIL 2018

   
kolossa 300   Today, the IFHV in cooperation with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) hosted the 6th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance. Held in Bochum for the first time, the event was chaired by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa. Participants used the opportunity to present and discuss their research in disciplines ranging from law to social sciences and even literature.

1 APRIL 2018

   
heinsch 300   The IFHV would like to welcome Professor Robert Heinsch of Leiden University, who joins the IFHV as DAAD Visiting Professor.
This semester, he will set up the Bochum International Humanitarian Law Clininc. The IHL Clinic allows selected students to apply legal theory to real-world situations by conducting research on projects for real life cooperation partners, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the German Red Cross and humanitarian non-governmental organizations.

We are glad to have you with us and look forward to working with you!


23 MARCH 2018

   
heintze 300   The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke at Andalas University of Padang (Sumatra, Indonesia) and gave a presentation on autonomy rules worldwide and the internal dimension of the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination.
The overarching conference, held between 21 and 23 March dealt with decentralisation and legal autonomy frameworks in the interest of protecting minorities, with a focus on the situation of Indonesia.

23 MARCH 2018

   
pellowska   Darina Pellowska, associated Ph.D. candidate at the IFHV, participated at the third NEEDS Conference (Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies), held between 21 and 23 March in Amsterdam. She presented her paper “Towards Conceptualizing Humanitarian Aid Diversion – A Social Network Approach” as part of the panel “Aidnography - The Everyday Practices Of Humanitarian Assistance”.

15 MARCH 2018

   
luelf 300   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf conducted four "Powertrainings on Humanitarian Law" with the association directors of the German Red Cross-regional branch of Lower Saxony (DRK Verbandsgeschäftsführertagung Niedersachsen). Charlotte gave a presentation on current challenges of the laws of armed conflict and discussed the role of the Red Cross and Red Rescent Movement with participants.

14 MARCH 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a Bofax by Jan-Phillip Graf.
Please follow the [link] to read "Ost-Ghouta – das neue Aleppo? Bewertung der humanitären Lage".

08 MARCH 2018

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger gave tagesschau.de an interview about the conflict in Syria, involving multiple State parties and non-State actors. He explained the international legal framework regulating such military action and commented on specific acts currently taking place in Syria.

Please follow the [link] to access "Grenzen des Völkerrechts - Wer darf was in Syrien" (in German).

08 MARCH 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention".
Its latest issue on „Global Approaches to Atrocity Prevention“ has just been published.

Please follow the [link] to access the complete issue.

20 FEBRUARY 2018

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus has just published a book chapter on "Violence Studies: Social Theoretical Considerations of War Crimes" in 'War Crimes Trials and Investigations. A Multi-Disciplinary Introduction', Jonathan Waterlow, Jacques Schumacher (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2018, 193-226.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the book.

20 FEBRUARY 2018

   
fotojet   Today, Roland Moerland, Assistant Professor of Criminology at Maastricht University's Faculty of Law gave a presentation at the IFHV on „The Violence of Denial: The Role of Denial in the Perpetration of Gross Human Rights Violations.“
The talk was held as part of the IFHV's research cluster on "Collective Violence".

19 FEBRUARY 2018

   
sylff kickoff   Today, the SYLFF-Mikrokolleg on Forced Migration was launched at RUB Research School. Following opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Dean of RUB Research Schol, Dr. Benjamin Etzold of the BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) provided an introduction to "Key Perspectives in Forced Migration Studies".

The four SYLFF fellows, Benedikt Behlert, Corinna Land, UK Mong Marma and Robin Ramsahye then presented their PhD projects. Benedikt and Robin's legal dissertations are supervised by Prof. Pierre Thielbörger, Corinna and UK's sociological theses are directed by Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz.

16 FEBRUARY 2018

   
holue   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf and Laura Hofmann spoke at the annual training seminar "Disseminating the Geneva Conventions", jointly organized by the IFHV, the German Red Cross Regional branches of North Rhine and Westphalia-Lippe (DRK Landesverband Nordrhein e.V., DRK-Landesverband Westfalen-Lippe e.V.) and the Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia (Justizministerium NRW) in Münster on 15 and 16 February.
Charlotte and Laura gave presentations on international criminal law, including the organisation of an ICL moot court, and international humanitarian law respectively.
We would like to warmly thank our partners and all participants for making the event a success!

13 FEBRUARY 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax from the IFHV’s student assistant Marius Fritz.
To read "Operation Olivenzweig und die völkerrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland", follow this [link].

12 FEBRUARY 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax by the IFHV's own Tobias Ackermann.
You can read "Humanitäres Völkerrecht und Rüstungspolitik im neuen Koalitionsvertrag" [here].

09 FEBRUARY 2018

   
thumbnail   This week the IFHV welcomed its second semester students with a meet-and-greet between staff and our 15 new students from the NOHA International Association of Universities, the students hit the ground running with classes in Advanced Management.
We wish all our students an enjoyable semester and a great time in Bochum and beyond!

07 FEBRUARY 2018

   
bofax   We have just published a Bofax by the IFHV's current intern Jan-Phillip Graf.
Please follow the [link] to read "Wirklich 'one of the worst deals in history'? Zur Zukunft des Atomabkommens mit Iran".

05 FEBRUARY 2018

   
krause   The IFHV would like to welcome its new Junior Professor for Global Governance and Humanitarian Action, Ulrike Krause. She was appointed by RUB Rector Professor Axel Schölmerich in the presence of the IFHV's Prof. Thielbörger in January and joined the Institute on 1 February.

We are glad to have you with us and look forward to working with you!

01 FEBRUARY 2018

   
beackora   Today, the IFHV hosted the fourth instalment in our "Young International Law Workshop Series" (YIL). Dr. Valentina Azarova (Centre for Global Public Law, Koç University) and Assistant Professor Emma Irving (Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University) joined doctoral students Tobias Ackermann, Benedikt Behlert, Stephan Koloßa and Robin Ramsahye to provide feedback on upcoming conference papers, thesis exposés and PhD chapters.
They also shared insights on academic writing, from the early stages of an article or doctoral thesis to the final stretch.

We would like to warmly thank our two guests for kindly participating in our workshop!


30 JANUARY 2018

   
vernetzung   Today, members of the IFHV´s research project "Organisational Perspectives on Human Security Standards for Refugees in Germany" (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation) organised a networking event to bring together various research projects on forced migration which are centred at Ruhr University Bochum. Participants decided to set up common communication channels and agreed to further cooperation via networking events.

27 JANUARY 2018

   
muenster 2018   We are in Münster today at Master and More!

Come by our stand to say hi and learn more about the NOHA International Association of Universities Programme we offer in Bochum.

26 JANUARY 2018

   
noha students 2018   Congratulations to the NOHA Bochum class of 2016/17!

While not all of our graduates could be in Bochum for the graduation, we were happy to celebrate with those who could make it.
We want to wish all of the graduates from NOHA sincere congratulations on a job well done, good luck with all of your future endeavours and don’t forget to come back and visit!

24 JANUARY 2018

   
behlert 300   IFHV research associate Benedikt Behlert gave [Migazin an interview] about possible international legal problems with the suspension of family reunification for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in Germany.

22 JANUARY 2018

   
behlert 300  

The IFHV's Benedikt Behlert authored a piece for Verfassungsblog on potential international legal constraints regarding the suspension of family reunification for forced migrants in Germany.

Please follow the [link] to access the publication


18 JANUARY 2018

   
bofax   We have just published our 500th Bofax from Taxiarchis Fiskatoris of Philipps-Universität Marburg.
Please follow the [link] to read "The Road to the Activation of the ICC’s Jurisdiction over the Crime of Aggression".

18 JANUARY 2018

   
heintze 300   Today, the IFHV's Prof. Hans-Joachim Heintze participated in presenting intermediate results in the efforts of setting up a code of ethical practices for businesses and humanitarian actors engaged in the field of humanitarian aid.
The initiative CSRhumanitär - "Die Wirtschaft als Partner in der humanitären Hilfe" is conducted in cooperation with the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and Aktion Deutschland Hilft under the auspices of Dr. Bärbel Kofler MdB, German Representative for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Action and Michael Brand MdB, Chair of the German Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarian Action.

13 JANUARY 2018

   
praxisuebungbochum   Today, Bochum's central Dr. Ruer Square was transformed into a disaster response unit, including a field hospital and a water treatment plant. An elaborate emergency response exercise provided interested participants and the public with an understanding as well as hands-on experience of the tasks of international aid workers.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, former president of the German Bundestag, joined the exercise as a guest speaker. The event was jointly coordinated by the German Red Cross local branches of Bochum and Westfalen-Lippe, RUB's Medical Faculty, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, the University of Applied Sciences Münster and the IFHV's NOHA Programme.

Please follow the links for details and news media coverage:

https://www1.wdr.de/mediathek/video/sendungen/lokalzeit/video-kompakt-20468.html
https://www.fh-muenster.de/humanitaere-hilfe/aktuelles/humanitaere-hilfe-bochum.php
https://vimeo.com/251545476


11 JANUARY 2018

   
bultmann   Today, Dr. Daniel Bultmann of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin's Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAWW) gave a presentation at the IFHV on „Habitus, Macht und (Re)Integration. Mechanismen der Reproduktion und des Übergans in kambodschanischen Guerillagruppen“. The talk was held as part of the IFHV's research cluster on "Collective Violence".

10 JANUARY 2018

   
ifhv logo   A new edition of our journal, Humanitäres Völkerrecht Informationsschriften (engl. Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict), has just been published!

Information on the journal can be found on our [web site]!

1 JANUARY 2018

   
 nohalogo   Admission for the NOHA+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action (2018-2020) is now open!

Information on Erasmus Mundus scholarships, application requirement and deadlines can be found [here] on the official NOHA web site.

Visit our web site for further information on the NOHA+ Programme at the IFHV, including scholarships and student testimonials at: http://www.ifhv.de/index.php/noha-master.

23 DECEMBER 2017

   
wp7 1   In her Working Paper entitled "Should Peace Be Built by Delivering Justice? An Assessment of the Duty to Prosecute Crimes against International Law", Eva Mihalik addresses the duty to prosecute international crimes and how judicial mechanisms affect transitional justice processes in war-torn societies. The Working Paper uses the case study of post-conflict Kosovo to present insightful conclusions on how hybrid models of judicial and non-judicial mechanisms can be used to reconcile the need for criminal justice with that of peace consolidation. [link]

19 DECEMBER 2017

   
luelf 300   We would like to congratulate the IFHv's Charlotte Lülf on the successful defense of her doctoral thesis!
Entitled „Fleeing Conflict to Europe - A Legal Assessment", the dissertation, prepared for the degree of Doctor of Law, was supervised by Professors Hans-Joachim Heintze and Pierre Thielbörger.

18 DECEMBER 2017

   
fekri   We would like to thank IFHV research associates and PhD candidates Katrin Fenrich and Franziska Kring for their oustanding work over the last three years and wish them all the best.
It has been a pleasure to work with you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

09 DECEMBER 2017

   
siegburg   Despite the cold and the snow, we made it to Siegburg today for Engagement Weltweit!
Come by our stand and say hi or learn more about the NOHA Master's Programme we offer in Bochum.
At 2 o’clock, coordinator and NOHA graduate Will Wright speaks about the Programme in a panel discussion on professionalisation.

08 DECEMBER 2017

   
akfe   The IFHV's Tobias Ackermann and Katrin Fenrich gave a presentation at the 10th Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, held at Melbourne Law School on 7 and 8 December.
Katrin and Tobias spoke at the first panel "Assessing the Temporalities of Law" with a presentation entitled "Does Time Sculpture Law? The Temporal Element in the Advancement of Public International Law".

Please follow the [link] for more information on the forum, which annually brings together research students from a range of disciplines to engage with social, political, theoretical, and methodological issues raised by law and legal theory.

05 DECEMBER 2017

   
gudehus 300   Today, the IFHV's Christian Gudehus gave an interview for Deutschlandradio Kultur on the topic of "Murmeln der Erinnerung" - Wie vermittelt man Geschichte mit Chatbots? (How to transmit history via chatbots?).
Please follow the [link] to access the broadcast (in German).

01 DECEMBER 2017

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax from the IFHV’s own Stephan Koloßa on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia's judgment in the case against Ratko Mladić.

Please follow the [link] to read "Ratko Mladić acquitted of genocide"

27 NOVEMBER 2017

   
heintze 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke at the Forum "CrossCulture Programme Refugees and Migration" of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and held in Berlin. The forum discusses questions of migration and displacement, particularly the humane management of these issues with a special focus on Africa and Germany. In his presentation, Professor Heintze addressed definitions and legal concepts of forced displacement and migration.

24 NOVEMBER 2017

   
heiho   Today, the IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and research associate Laura Hofmann participated in the Mid-Term Review of the Horizon2020 project "Preparedness & Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability (PRUV)", held in Dublin, Ireland, presenting their preliminary findings.
The IFHV is responsible for the project's work package III concerning legal frameworks for urban resilience.

21 NOVEMBER 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus gave an introduction to the social scientific research on collective violence. The presentation was held within the framework of the recently created IFHV research cluster "Collective Violence: Occurence, Consequences, Prevention".
The cluster is specifically interested in the factors, dynamics, and motivations that lead to collective violence, including genocide, massacres and pogroms.

15 NOVEMBER 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus participated in a panel discussion on "Politics of Remembering/Politics of Forgetting" at the conference "Memories, Memorials, Memorializations". The event was held at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in New Delhi, India from 13 to 15 November 2017.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the event and to access the programme schedule.

15 NOVEMBER 2017

   
dijkzeul 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul gave the keynote speech at "Voices from East Asia: Civil Society Actors in Environmental Protection, Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Assistance Governance", held at Ruhr University Bochum. The workshop was organised by RUB's Faculty for East Asian Politics. Drawing on his expertise on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Professor Dijkzeul illustrated and analyzed the shortcomings of International Relations Theory for understanding NGOs.

14 NOVEMBER 2017

   
bofax   We just published a new Bofax! You can read the Bofax, entitled 'Fatou Bensouda requests judicial authorisation to commence an investigation into the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan',
by the IFHV's Katrin Fenrich [here].

14 NOVEMBER 2017

   
horstmann 300   Today, the IFHV's Lara Horstmann presented on the WorldRiskReport at our monthly research colloquium.
Just recently, the IFHV has become the new partner of the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft in publishing the annual WorldRiskReport. Besides an annually changing thematic focus, the report includes the WorldRiskIndex. The Index is a tool to measure the risk of an extreme natural event developing into a disaster. It is calculated for 171 countries on national level.
The first joint report between the IFHV and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft will be the WorldRiskReport 2018.

13 NOVEMBER 2017

   
thielboerger 300   We are pleased to share that the IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielbörger has been elected into the coordinating committee of the European Society of International Law's (ESIL) Interest Group of International Human Rights Law.
Further information on the IHRL Interest Group can be found here: esil-sedi.eu/node/1102
and at: esil-ihrl-blog.tumblr.com/

12 NOVEMBER 2017

   
ramsahye 300   ​This weekend, the IFHV's Robin Ramsahye participated at Yale University's annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference. The event brought together doctoral students in three wheels (International Law; Law, Society, History; Law Politics, Theory) for a two day workshop, in which participants provided comments and feedback regarding each other's papers and research projects.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the conference.


10 NOVEMBER 2017

   
dijkzeul 300   On Friday, the IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul gave a presentation at the Annual African Law Association conference, with the overall theme "Armed Conflict in Afrcia: Legal and Political Measures for Protecting Displaced People and Preventing Forced Migration".
In his contribution, entitled "The Contested Humanitarian Principles", Prof. Dijkzeul explained how the principle of humanity is used, if not abused, in humanitarian crises by non-traditional actors, which have other motives, such as making a profit for private military security companies or promoting Ghandian ideals for a local Indian NGO. To better understand the traditional humanitarian principles, he described the tension between their normative and their causal claims in the multi-actor environment of humanitarian crises. He further desribed how in the diverse humanitarian arena many actors compete with each other. Prof. Dijkzeul ended his presentation with the conclusion that humanitarian organizations need to be politically informed in order not be politcally driven. The humantiarian actors can then play an a-political game with the principles in order to safeguard as much as possible access and safety for themselves and the people in need. Paradoxically, this a-political game is, in the end, also a politcal game.

09 NOVEMBER 2017

   
zimmermann 300   The IFHV's Inga Zimmermann participated in the workshop "Changing Societies – Migration, Integration, Participation" at the Maison Suger in Paris. The interdisciplinary workshop was organised within the framework of the Franco-German Programme "Changing Societies", together with the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de L'Homme (FMSH).
The workshop brought together researchers from different disciplines to work on a central issue of our time: the challenge of migration and its effects on integration and participation.
Further information can be found at: wzb.eu/de/veranstaltungen/changing-societies-migration-integration-participation-0

07 NOVEMBER 2017

   
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  The IFHV's Katrin Radtke, Lara Horstmann, Pierre Thielbörger, Hans-Joachim Heintze and Dennis Dijkzeul participated at the "Fachtagung Risikoanalyse und Katastrophenprävention" RiKa 2017 in Berlin. The conference was organised by the IFHV and Bündnis Entiwicklung Hilft who are jointly going to publish the World Risk Report from 2018 onwards. NOHA was represented through its president Joost Herman.

Our roles where diverse: Pierre Thielbörger opened the conference together with Simone Pott, spokeswomen of the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft, Katrin Radtke presented parts of the World Risk Report 2017, Lara Horstmann chaired the workshop ´Analyszing risks- but how?´ and Dennis Dijkzeul gave an input on ´What is risk?´. The conference was closed by Hans-Joachim Heintze and Peter Mucke, the managing director of Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft.

We are looking forward to the new cooperation with Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft and the first joint edition of the World Risk Report in 2018!

Find the World Risk Report 2017 at: http://www.weltrisikobericht.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WRB2017_online3.pdf.

For further information visit http://www.weltrisikobericht.de/english/.

Newspaper articles and reporting on our conference include:

07 NOVEMBER 2017

   
zimmermann 300   Last weekend, the IFHV's Inga Zimmermann held a blockseminar on "(Hu)Man Security: Flight and Masculinity" in Hamburg. Part of the Master in Peace and Security Studies (MPS) and organised in cooperation with Kathrin Rupprecht, the seminar comprised an exercise on methodological work and a number of interviews. The programme is offered by the IFHV's long standing partner, the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg.

02 NOVEMBER 2017

   
lueko   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf hosted the annual meeting of the German Red Cross' "4. Tagung für Justitiare und Konventionsbeauftragte der Kreisverbände im Bereich des DRK in Nordrhein-Westfalen". The IFHV's Stephan Koloßa gave a presentation on "The New EU Common Defense and Security Policy".

30 OCTOBER 2017

   
nohalogo   We are glad to announce that NOHA's newest publication "International Humanitarian Action - NOHA Textbook" is now available!
The textbook, edited by the IFHV's Professors Hans-Joachim Heintze and Pierre Thielbörger, examines a wide range of humanitarian action issues in five parts, presented by specialists from different academic fields. The respective sections reflect the five core modules of the NOHA Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action: World Politics, International Law, Public Health, Anthropology and Management.

For more information on the NOHA Textbook, please follow the [link].


25 OCTOBER 2017

   
 dijkzeul 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul held a Q&A session with students after a showing of the film "Wargames", which was shown at Ruhr-Universität Bochum's Blue Square as part of the current filmseries "The end is near -- the Reagan-era in americam films".
The series highlights the apocalyptic perspective of American cinema in the 1980s, "Wargames" telling the story of a supercomputer out of control that threatens to cause a nuclear war between the United States and the Sovjet Union. Prof. Dijkzeul discussed historical cases in which the world has stood at the brink of nuclear war and shed light on parallels and differences between the Cold War situation of the 1980s and current tensions between the United States and North Korea.

24 OCTOBER 2017

   
holue   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf and Laura Hofmann co-authored a peer-reviewed article with University College Dublin's Dr. Ronan McDermott and Dr. Pat Gibbons in the most recent issue of 'Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal'. The article, entitled 'International law applicable to urban conflict and disaster', was written within the framework of the PRUV - Preparedness & Resilience to address Urban Vulnerability project.

The issue can be found [here].


23 OCTOBER 2017

   
heilue   Today, the IFHV's Professor Hans Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Lülf attended the 13th "Münsteraner Rotkreuzgespräche zum Humanitären Völkerrecht" in Münster. Keynote speeches on the cooperation betwee the German Red Cross and the administration and governments of German Federal States and municipalities were held by Ina Scharrenbach, North Rhine -Westphalian Minister of Municipalities, Construction and Equality and Chair of the Friends of the IFHV (IFHV Förderverein) as well as president of the district government Münster, Dorothee Feller.


19 OCTOBER 2017

   
yiliii   Today, the IFHV hosted the third instalment in our "Young International Law Workshop Series" (YIL). Professor Robin Geiß (University of Glasgow) and Asaf Lubin (Yale University) joined several of the IFHV's doctoral students to provide feedback on upcoming conference papers, thesis exposés and PhD chapters. During four sessions, they also shared insights on academic writing, from the early stages of an article or doctoral thesis to the final stretch.

We would like to warmly thank our two guests for kindly participating in our workshop!


16 OCTOBER 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention".
Its latest issue has just been published. Please follow the [link] to access a table of contents as well as abstracts of all contributions.

16 OCTOBER 2017

   
humkongr2017   Our first semester NOHA students attended the Humanitarian Congress this weekend in Berlin where they met some of their fellow NOHAs from NOHA Warsaw.
Way to #beNOHA!

14 OCTOBER 2017

   
holuekora   This weekend, the IFHV, the German Red-Cross Regional Branch of Lower Saxony (DRK-Landesverband Niedersachsen), and the Nds. Justizministerium held the long-established annual training seminar "Tagung für Rechtsrefrendare und Konventionsbeauftragte" on 13 and 14 October 2017 in Bad Pyrmont.
The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf, Laura Hofmann, Stephan Koloßa, and Robin Ramsahye presented on current challenges in IHL, the protection of cultural property in IHL, prohibited means and methods of warfare, and international criminal law respectively.

10 OCTOBER 2017

   
hofmann 300   Today, the IFHV's Laura Hofmann spoke at our monthly doctoral colloquium, presenting her working paper on the International Criminal Court's case 'The Prosecutor v. Al Mahdi' concerning the intentional directing of attacks against world cultural heritage sites.

9 OCTOBER 2017

   
luelf 300   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf was selected as mentee in the "Mentoring3 for Female Postdocs" - Programme of the Alliance of Ruhr-Universities (UA Ruhr), which support female postdoctoral candidates from various disciplines with training programmes, one-on-one and peer group mentoring for the next two years.
Further information can be found at: http://www.scn-ruhr.de/mentoring/

6 OCTOBER 2017

   
ackermann 300   The IFHV's Tobias Ackermann participated in the Colloquium on 'International Investment Law & the Law of Armed Conflict', hosted by National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law on 5-6 October 2017 in Athens, Greece. He presented a paper on the application of investment treaties to occupied territory. A link to the programme and additional information can be found [here].

5 OCTOBER 2017

   
heithiho   This week, the IFHV’s Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze, Professor Pierre Thielbörger, and Laura Hofmann attended the PhD workshop of Ruhr-Universität Bochum's Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

The workshop was part of the German-Arab Joint Research, Training, and Networking Programme. Further information can be found on the [website] of the IEE.

2 OCTOBER 2017

   
howard dean   Today, the IFHV’s Mais Masadeh participated in a discussion on “Globalism in the Era of Trump and Brexit”, organised by Amerika Haus e.V. NRW and held at the Düsseldorf City Hall. Governor Howard Dean, a former US Presidential candidate, who currently serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute, presented converging trends regarding the nationalist surge affecting Western Democracies.

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielbörger presented at the HURMUR conference at Tallinn University, where he spoke about the Human Right to Water.
For more information on the conference, entitled "Rights for the 21st Century? Exploring the Need for 'New' Human Rights", please follow the [link].

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
heithie   Today, the expert workshop on "The use of weapons and the right to life" was held at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. The IFHV's Professors Hans-Joachim Heintze and Pierre Thielbörger as well as research associates Tobias Ackermann, Charlotte Lülf, and Stephan Koloßa gave presentations.
Laura Hofmann, Charlotte Lülf and Professor Thielbörger acted as panel chairs.
The conference was jointly organised by the German Institute for Human Rights, the IFHV and the Hertie School of Governance.

Please follow the [link] to access the workshop programme.

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
ackermann 300   The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and Research Associate Tobias Ackermann participated in the conference "Zeit und Internationales Recht", held at Ruhr University Bochum on 15 and 16 September. The joint conference of the "Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtler" and the "German Society of International Law" explored the concept of time in international law from different angles.
On Friday, Tobias spoke on the consequences of armed conflict for international law treaties over time.
His paper and presentation were commented on by Professor Marco Sassòli of the University of Geneva. On Saturday, Professor Heintze provided comments on "The Right to Self-Determination and Time", a presentation by Dr. Elena Konnova of the Belarussian State University Minsk.

Please follow the [link] to access the conference website for more information.

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
leeds   Within the framework of the IFHV’s cluster “Refugees and Vulnerable groups” Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Lülf co-organised the panel “Law and the City: Shaping Resilience in Urban Crises“ with
Dr. Danielle Chevalier from the University of Amsterdam at the RC21 Conference “Rethinking Global Urban Justice” in Leeds. This cluster activity was linked to the “Preparedness and Resilience to Address Urban Vulnerability” project. The IFHV’s Laura Hofmann was one of the panelists, presenting her paper on the interrelationship between resilience and urban cultural heritage.

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
thielboerger 300   Last week, the IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger acted as panel chair at the 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, held in Naples, Italy from 6-9 September. He moderated "Agora 1" on 7 September, which dealt with "The Right to Water in International Law" and included presentations from Catherine Brölmann (University of Amsterdam), Virginie Barral (University of Hertfordshire) and Roberta Greco (University of Rome LUMSA, Studio Legale Saccucci and Partners). The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze as well as Research Associates Katrin Fenrich, Laura Hofmann, Stephan Koloßa and Robin Ramahye also attended the conference.

Please follow the [link] for details on the conference programme and speakers.


7 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
masadeh 300   Today, the IFHV’s Mais Masadeh gave a presentation on "Human Trafficking by the Islamic State" at Ruhr-Universität Bochum's Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE). The talk was given within the IEE research cluster on "Effectiveness of Interventions and Policies for Development: social, political and legal science perspectives".
Mais discussed the application of theory in reasearch and addressed the challenges of data collection from the field in the liberated areas of Iraqi Kurdistan in a post war context.

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
ip2017   This week marks the start of the NOHA Master's Intensive Programme, where students from the NOHA class of 2017-2019 meet at the University of Warsaw to begin their studies with an introduction to international humanitarian action. The focus of this year's IP is Humanitarian Access. Further information on the programme can be found at: http://noha.uw.edu.pl/ip

We want to welcome all of the new students and hope they have a fun and productive IP this week!


4 SEPTEMBER 2017

   
collage   Last week, the IFHV's Tobias Ackerman, Charlotte Lülf, Stephan Koloßa, and Robin Ramsahye attended the 7th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 25 and 26 August. Charlotte, Stephan, and Robin also took part in the AsianSIL Junior Scholars Workshop preceding the conference on 24 August at Yonsei University Seoul. All three presented current PhD-related research on the right to land, refugee and migration law, and the right to privacy respectively.

Please follow the [link] for morw information on both the conference and the workshop programmes


28 AUGUST 2017

   
luelf 300   IFHV's research associate Charlotte Luelf participated as a lecturer on Humanitarian Crises in the 21st century in the 2017 "Sommerakademie der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes". The summer academy took place from 13-26 August in Leysin, Schwitzerland, and offered 10 Working Groups on various topics for the scholarship recipients of the German National Merit Foundation.

28 AUGUST 2017

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax on the International Criminal Court’s Reparations Order in the Al Mahdi case.

You can read Laura Hofmann’s Bofax [here]


17 AUGUST 2017

   
horstmann   The IFHV would like to welcome its new Research Associate and PhD candidate Lara Horstmann. Lara is a NOHA alumni and former Junior Expert for Programme Coordination with German NGO Welthungerhilfe (WHH).

We look forward to working with you!


14 AUGUST 2017

   
sum2017   Last week, 30 students from various disciplines attended the IFHV Summer School "Humanitarian Action", funded by inSTUDIES of Ruhr University Bochum. The first three days (7 to 9 August) focused on specific topics, such as the characteristics of humanitarian crises, the humanitarian aid system, international law, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene.
On days four and five (10 to 11 August), students applied the knowledge gained in a simulation exercise on the challenges of delivering aid in times of natural disaster and conflict. The Summer School concluded on Saturday, 12 August with a career panel.

We would like to thank all students, organisers and lecturers for making the Summer School a success!


8 AUGUST 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus was voted Advisory Board Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars for the term 2017-2019. Congratulations!

Please follow the [link] for more information on the current Advisory Board and the Association.


5 AUGUST 2017    
 heintze 300   The 23rd Summer School on International Humanitarian Law, held in Berlin between 30 July and 5 August was a great success! Organised by the German Red Cross General Secretariat (DRK-Generalsekretariat) and the IFHV, it brought together young jurists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Academics and practitioners provided participants with an overview of the major aspects of the law of armed conflict. The IFHV was represented by Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze, who spoke on the relationship between Human Rights Law and the Humanitarian Law.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the content of this year's summer school.

1 AUGUST 2017

   
pass 300   The IFHV would like to welcome its new Administrative Manager, Robin Pass. Robin is also a member of the IFHV Board of Directors and acts as Dean of Studies. He holds a B.A. in “Political Science, Economics, Sociology” and “History” from Ruhr University Bochum and an M.A. in "International Relations and Development Policy" from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
He was formally affiliated with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)  and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) in Bochum.
 
We are glad to have you with us and look forward to working with you!

25 JULY 2017

   
heintze 300   A piece by the IFHV's Professor Heintze on "Access to the victims in non-international armed conflicts and the humanitarian principles" has just been published. It is part of the volume "Civilians in Contemporary armed conflicts: Rafał Lemkin's heritage" that collects contributions to the conference on "Rafał Lemkin's Heritage", which was held in Lviv, Ukraine in October 2016. The conference on Lemkin, who coined the term "genocide" and authored the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was organised by the University of Warsaw, in cooperation with Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.

15 JULY 2017

   
luelf 300   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülf participated in the "Law and Logic Summerschool", organised by the European University Institute (EUI) and Harvard Law School at the EUI in Florence. Charlotte attended the course on the Logocratic Method from 10-15th.
Please follow the link for more information on the Summer School courses and programme: https://lawandlogic.org/

13 JULY 2017

   
horn 300   The IFHV would like to welcome its new Graduate Assistant Jonas Horn, who will work on the research project "Human Security Standards in Germany´s Refugee Regime", funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Jonas, who holds a B.A: in Social Science is currently an M. A. student in the programme "Internationalisierung, Globalisierung, Transnationalsierung" at Ruhr University Bochum.
We look forward to working with you!

10 JULY 2017

   
ghp   The IFHV's Katharina Behmer, Kerstin Rosenow-Williams, Alina Beckmann and Inga Zimmermann spoke at our monthly doctoral colloquium, presenting the framework of their research project on "Human Security Standards in Germany´s Refugee Regime", funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.
In the wake of factual, political and legal changes in Germany’s approach to accomodating refugees, the project examines the impact of these developments upon public local level administrations and their interplay with other organized local actors through empirical fieldwork. It identifies challenges and solutions for the admission and integration of refugees and asylum seekers along the seven human security dimensions economy, environment, food, health, personal, community and political rights.

10 JULY 2017

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax on the recent Cyberattack on Ukraine [Liebesgrüße an die Ukraine].

You can read Stephan Koloßa’s Bofax [here].

5 JULY 2017

   
yil   Today, the IFHV hosted the second instalment of our "Young International Law Workshop" (YIL).
Dr. Daniel Augenstein (Tilburg University) and Professors Theresa Reinold (University Duisburg-Essen) and Mark Dawson (Hertie School of Governance) joined several doctoral students to provide feedback on upcoming conference papers, thesis exposés and PhD chapters. During three parallel sessions, they also shared insights on academic writing, from the early stages of an article or doctoral thesis to the final stretch.

We would like to warmly thank all three of our guests for kindly participating in our workshop!

3 JULY 2017

   
hessbruegge k   Today, Dr. Jan-Arno Hessbruegge, United Nations Human Rights Officer currently based at the New York Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke at the IFHV, presenting research findings from his book "Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in International Law". Dr. Hessbruegge explores the concept of personal self-defense within the realm of human rights law as opposed to the much more widely covered right of states to defend themselves against external aggression.
The talk was part of the IFHV's ongoing cluster reunions, this time within our "IHL Plus" cluster.

3 JULY 2017

   
 bofax   We have just published a new Bofax on the recent ruling of the Hague Appeals Court concerning the responsibility of the Netherlands in the Srebrenica massacre [Neues Urteil im Fall Mothers of Srebrenica v the Netherlands].

You can read Theresa Stollmann’s Bofax [here].


30 JUNE 2017

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV’s Prof. Pierre Thielbörger and Tobias Ackermann authored an article in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. You can access the article entitled “A Treaty on Enforcing Human Rights Against Business: Closing the Loophole or Getting Stuck in a Loop?” [here].

26 JUNE 2017

   
kolossa 300   Legal Tribune Online (LTO) has just published a new piece by the IFHV's Stephan Koloßa. Please follow the link to access Stephan's article (in German) regarding the European Commission's recent discussion paper on a possible security and defence union:
http://www.lto.de/recht/hintergruende/h/eu-kommission-sicherheit-plaene-verteidigung-politik-gsvp-europaeische-armee/

26 JUNE 2017

   
noha 2sem2017   Last week NOHA students across the network finished their second semester. We would like to thank all NOHA students who spent their spring with us for the great semester and wish them the best moving forward with the programme.

23 JUNE 2017

   
dijkzeul 300   This week, the IFHV's Prof. Dr. Dennis Dijkzeul participated in three doctoral defences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, as part of research projects on mining and state-building in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, funded by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium and WOTRO. Prof. Dijkzeul has contributed to these projects and helped supervise several dissertations in the process.

As a common theme, the PhD projects discuss the problem that international efforts to address conflict minerals and state fragility are insufficiently tailored to the local context, negatively affecting the Congolese population in terms of health, livelihoods and insecurity.

20 JUNE 2017

   
lombard   Today, the IFHV's Prof. Gisela Hirschmann, Junior Professor of Global Governance and Humanitarian Action and Louisa Lombard, Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Yale University) convened a PhD colloquium for social science and anthropology researchers. Louisa Lombard has been invited as a Visiting International Professor (VIP) by RUB's Research School. An expert on the study of African borderlands where the state is largely absent, particularly the eastern regions of the Central Africal Republic, her most recent research focuses on ethical considerations in peace operations. It is conducted in cooperation with a project on norm collision in peacekeeping, undertaken by Gisela Hirschmann at the IFHV.

17 JUNE 2017

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Pierre Thielbörger was interviewed by German national weekly "Die Zeit" on the reasons for and consequences of diplomatic immunity in the wake of a recent incident in which a Saudi diplomat in Berlin accidentally killed a cyclist by opening a car door in his path.

Please follow the [link] to access the piece (in German)


16 JUNE 2017

   
zimmermann 300   The IFHV's's Alina Beckmann and Inga Zimmermann participated in the workshop "Security, Society, and the State" from June 14-16, 2017. The event took place at the Monastery of Hegne in Allenbach and was organized by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Participants presented and discussed research projects funded by the foundation, identifying overarching empirical phenomena related to the governance of security and the specific nature of state agencies or societal actors. Alina and Inga presented the research design of their study on "Human Security Standards in Germany´s Refugee Regime" in a panel on migration, refugees and security.

13 JUNE 2017

   
steiner k   Today, the IFHV hosted a luncheon presentation by Prof. Dr. Kerstin Steiner of La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia, entitled "Malaysia at the Crossroads: Re-writing the Relationship between Islam, Law and the State". The event was organized by the Centre for International Affairs (Zentrum für Internationales) of Ruhr-Universität Bochum's Faculty of Law. In her presentation, Prof. Steiner outlined the constitutional framework of Malaysia before exploring developments in the relationship between secular law and Sharia law in Malaysia.

12 JUNE 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus spoke at our monthly doctoral colloquium, presenting findings from his research on "Erinnerung, Handeln und Gewalt“. Christian presented several aspects the research on conflict and violence entails.
He outlined prominent theories on human memorization, explained how violence can be defined and categorized and, lastly, explored how the consequences of violence could be taken into consideration more prominently as part of transitional justice mechanisms. We look forward to enhanced cooperation and future joint projects with Christian on these issues within our IFHV research clusters and beyond.

10 JUNE 2017

   
hirschmann 300   The IFHV's Gisela Hirschmann organized a workshop on "Accountability in Global Governance" at the 4th European Workshop in International Studies (EWIS) "New Frontiers in International Relations" of the European International Studies Association (EISA), held from 7-10 June 2017 at Cardiff University, UK. At the same event, she also presented a paper on "Accountability in UN Peace Operations: the evolution of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy".

8 JUNE 2017

   
luelf 300   Today, the IFHV's Charlotte Lülf hosted the "Working Group Dissemination" ("Arbeitsgruppe Verbreitungsarbeit") of the regional German Red Cross's branches in North Rhine-Westphalia at the IFHV to discuss future developments in humanitarian law dissemination work and the role of the Convention Dissemination Officers
("Konventionsbeauftragte").

3 JUNE 2017

   
ccp   Today, Dr. Annette M. Fath-Lihic, head of the "CrossCultureProgramme (CCP) Refugees and Migration" at the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) gave a presentation at the IFHV on the programme's structure and goals. CCP supports networks, training and exchange between professionals in the fields of refugee work and migration. Supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the 2017 programme assigns scholarships to 24 practitioners and researchers from Germany and 11 partner countries from West and Central Sub Saharan Africa. Scholarship holders spend up to three months abroad and cooperate with host organisationson on two key aspects: refugee management and the eradication of root causes of forced migration.
The presentation was held as part of the IFHV's ongoing cluster reunions, this time within our cluster on "Refugees and Vulnerable Groups". We look forward to further discussing possible ways of cooperation with ifa in the framework of "CCP Refugees and Migration".
Please follow the [link] for more information on the programme

3 JUNE 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus is Editor in Chief of the international journal "Genocide Studies and Prevention". Its latest issue has just been published and focuses on "Information and Communications Technologies in Mass Atrocities Research and Response“.
Please follow the link to access a table of contents as well as abstracts of all contributions.
Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal | Tampa Library | University of South Florida

2 JUNE 2017

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielboerger delivered the keynote speech "Wenn aus Recht Gesetz wird: Die Rehabilitierung und Entschädigung von nach Paragraph 175 verurteilten Männern" ("Rehabilitation and compensation of homosexual men, convicted under former paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code" ) at a conference of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Merit Foundation) in Barmstedt, Schleswig-Holstein.
He discussed a recent proposal on that very matter which is currently making its way through the German legislative process.

2 JUNE 2017

   
dijkzeul 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Dennis Dijkzeul attended the workshop "From Taking Blame to Taking Responsibility -- Towards A Constructive Law and Ethics of the International Civil Service".
The event was held at the Erik Carstrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (University of Helsinki). It brought together international civil service experts and officials from international organizations, including the United Nations, who brainstormed on how to strengthen ethical conduct in international civil service. The debate centred on how to move from a punitive culture towards a culture of learning.

1 JUNE 2017

   
ifhv logo   The 2017 Summer School "Humanitarian Action" will be held from Monday, 7 August to Saturday, 12 August, with a preparatory meeting on Friday, 16 June. The Summer School focuses on the legal and political foundations, as well as the management of humanitarian action. Participants attend lectures, discussions, and a simulation exercise in which they take on the role of humanitarian actors and learn about the coordination mechanisms of international humanitarian action first-hand. On the last day of the Summer School a panel, where experts of humanitarian organizations transmit their experiences in the field of humanitarian Action, will take place.

The deadline for application is 1 June. The Summer School is funded by inSTUDIES, a RUB project aimed at supporting students in creating an individual profile to succeed in their studies and
transfer to the job market.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the Summer School

1 JUNE 2017

   
cfa2017   Still interested in doing the NOHA Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum this autumn?
Great news: the application deadline has been extended for 1 more month! Apply before June 1st and you can still take part in the new master's programme starting in September 2017.

The IFHV is one of eight universities offering the NOHA Master’s Programme. Find out more about what it means to be NOHA at the IFHV in our [call]. For more information on NOHA, the master's programme, and how to apply, visit: http://nohanet.org/masters

1 JUNE 2017

   
heintze 300   The IFHV's Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze and Charlotte Lülf participated in this year's CommonEffort17 exercise in Berlin on "Iraq - Building Trust for Stability". They were part of a working group on the delivery of humanitarian assistance and relief.
The CommonEffort2017 exercise is organised by the German-Netherlands Corps and the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs of both countries with participation of over fifty civilian and academic organisations. Keynote presentations were given by, among others, Dr. Christian Wulff, former federal President of Germany and representatives of IOM and local NGOs from Iraq to substantiate the activities of the working groups in their goal to develop a comprehensive humanitarian strategy.

1 JUNE 2017

   
masadeh 300   The IFHV's Mais Masadeh participated in the annual meeting of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), held from 19-21 May at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. The meeting entitled "Overcoming Borders - Living in the Digital World" welcomed 400 DAAD scholars from eighty-four countries to discuss digital reality and recent technological innovations. Presentations addressed the issues of cyber security, data protection and autonomous systems of the future and to what extent they may change and, ideally, improve our lives.

29 MAY 2017

   
lecture huber   Today, Professor Peter M. Huber, Justice of the Second Senate at the German Federal Constitutional Court held a guest lecture at Ruhr University Bochum on "Treaty Override in der Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts"
("Treaty Override in the Jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court").
The first event within the IFHV Lecture Series on International Law in 2017 attracted over 150 interested attendees, including professors of RUB's Faculty of Law, students as well as external guests. The session concluded with a lively discussion and a reception. The IFHV Lecture Series on International Law is kindly co-sponsored by RUB's Research School Plus and the Förderverein of the IFHV.

23 MAY 2017

   
fakhoury   Today, Tamirace Fakhoury, visiting Professor at the IFHV spoke on "Lebanon's coping mechanism with the Syrian refugee surge and the implications of this mechanism for regional and global refugee governance". The discussion round was part of the IFHV's ongoing cluster reunions, this time within our "Humanitarian Governance" cluster.

Professor Fakhoury is Assistant Professor in Political Sciences and International Affairs and Associate Director of the Institute of Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR) at the
Lebanese American University, Beirut. She has also lectured at the University of California, Berkeley and is a visiting fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg.

23 MAY 2017

   
ifhv logo   The IFHV participates in the PRUV Research Project ("Preparedness and Resilience to Address Urban Violence"), partnering with a number of academic and humanitarian institutions, including the Centre for Humanitarian Action at University College Dublin, Globalisation Studies at the University of Groningen, the Human Rights Institute at the Universidad de Deusto, Plan International, Concern Worldwide  and a number of others.
The project aims to inform the pressing need to reshape how humanitarian action and development aid is undertaken in urban areas in order to address the challenge posed by urban vulnerability. PRUV focuses on the cities of Bogotá (Colombia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Nairobi (Kenya).
Please follow the [link] for more information on the PRUV Project

22 MAY 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV's Christian Gudehus has just published a book chapter on "Gewalt als Handlung" ("Violence as action"), in 'Zwischen Tätern und Opfern. Gewaltbeziehungen und Gewaltgemeinschaften' ('Between perpetrators and victims. Relations of violence and communities of violence'), Philipp Batelka, Michael Wiese, Stephanie Zehnle (eds.), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2017, 23-46.

19 MAY 2017

   
thielboerger 300   Today, the IFHV's Professor Thielbörger participated in the academic conference "Propaganda als (neue) außen- und sicherheitspolitische Herausforderung?" ("Propaganda as a new challenge for foreign and security politics?") at the Hellmuth-Loening-Zentrum für Staatswissenschaften, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. His contribution addressed the question "Welche Möglichkeiten bietet das Völkerrecht im Umgang mit fremder Propaganda?" ("Which means does the international legal order provide to deal with foreign propaganda?")

16 MAY 2017

   
2017 05 16ipsen   Today, the Institute for Mining and Energy Law and the IFHV held an evening guest lecture event with
Prof. Dr. Margot Horspool (Queen Mary University; British Institute of International & Comparative Law, London) and Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Knut Ipsen (formerly President of the German Red Cross and Rector of Ruhr University Bochum as well as founder of our Institute). Both lectures explored the legacy of the European Coal and Steel Community of 1951 and the Treaty of Rome, which was signed 60 years ago, on 25 March 1957.

15 MAY 2017

   
luelf 300   Today, the IFHV's Charlotte Lülf spoke on "Crises of the International Criminal Court in the African Context" at an event of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen/GAL in Münster. Her presentation addressed the criticism voiced by the African Union and several African states against the Court, leading to the withdrawl of Burundi, the Gambia and South Africa from the Rome Statute in late 2016.

13 MAY 2017

   
horstmann   “After graduating, I started as Junior Expert for Program Coordination with the German NGO Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in the Southeast of Liberia. […] NOHA […] provided me with an immense network to the humanitarian world. I would do NOHA again- any time!
Read Lara’s full testimonial on the NOHA Master’s Programme at the IFHV or browse through the student testimonials on our web site and find out more about what it means to be a NOHA student: http://ifhv.de/index.php/noha-master/student-testimonials

12 MAY 2017

   
kring 300   The IFHV’s Franziska Kring spoke at the 3rd Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Conference, held from 11-12 May 2017 at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Law. She presented her paper on “Responsibility to Protect revisited - a promising approach to tackle climate change?” that deals with the applicability of the R2P to climate change. The paper was published in the conference book “Are we manifestly failing R2P”?
More information on the conference can be found [here]

12 MAY 2017

   
gudehus 300   The IFHV would like to welcome its new Senior Researcher, social scientist Christian Gudehus. He works in the field of violence studies and is the Editor in Chief of Genocide Studies and Prevention (http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/gsp/). Christian has previously acted as a lecturer and researcher in Argentina, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, and Sweden.

8 MAY 2017

   
luelf 300   The IFHV's Charlotte Lülff spoke at our monthly doctoral colloquium, presenting findings from her research concerning her PhD project on ‘Legal Protection for People Fleeing Generalized Situations of Violence’.
Charlotte focuses on the legal situation of conflict-induced migrants arriving at European borders, exploring the legal framework of status determination and protection from the perspectives of European Union Asylum Law, Regional Human Rights Law and International Refugee Law.

5 MAY 2017

   
beckmann 300   This week, the IFHV's Alina Beckmann and Inga Zimmermann participated in a workshop of RUB's Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien (Centre for Religious Studies, CERES) on "RELIGION UNTERBRINGEN. Regulierung kultureller und religiöser Vielfalt in Flüchtlingsheimen".
Participants from the academic world, public administration and civil society organisations discussed the cultural and religious diversity among residents of refugee accomodations and the challenges it entails. They analysed how this factor influences the individual wellbeing and the institutional management of refugee accomodations and which role civil society and religious organisation play in the moderation or cause of possible conflicts.
Please follow the link for more information on the programme

5 MAY 2017

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Thielboerger gave a presentation at the 15th Biennial International Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in Miami, Florida. His contribution dealt with "European Human Rights Law between Law and Politics". The EUSA is one of the leading scholarly associations in the world focusing on the EU as well as transatlantic relations.

 4 MAY 2017

   
potthast 300fritz 300   The IFHV would like to welcome its two new student assistants, Marius Fritz and Tim Potthast. Marius and Tim study law at Ruhr University Bochum, specializing in international law. Tim was a member of RUB's 2017 Jessup International Law Moot Court team, which advanced to the German quarter final rounds in March. We are glad to have you both with us and are looking forward to working with you.

3 MAY 2017

   
fenrich 300   Today, the IFHV's Katrin Fenrich participated in the 26th Annual Workshop on Theory in International Law, co-organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Society of Legal Scholars, held at the BIICL in London. She presented her paper on “The (Inter)Dependencies between International Decision Makers”. The event, entitled "Inside the mind of international decision-makers" provided valuable insights on the role of judges and arbitrators in international law.

Please follow the [link] for more information on the workshop

3 MAY 2017

   
luelf 300   IFHV Research Associate Charlotte Lülf has recently published a bookchapter on The Extraterritorial Application of European Human Rights Law in a Migration Context – Focus on the Principle of Non-Refoulement, in
'Contemporary Issues in International Criminal and Human Rights Law' (Hoven/Pfeiffer/Effinowicz: eds).
In: C. Kreß (Ed.) Cologne Occasional Papers on International Peace and Security Law 5.

28 APRIL 2017

   
zimmermann 300   Today, the IFHV's Inga Zimmermann participated in a workshop on conflict prevention in refugee camps, held at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). The aim of the workshop was to provide an exchange of experiences between participants from municipal administrations, operating organisations in refugee housing and civil society organisations and to develop recommendations for housing refugees in the future.
The workshop was part of the overarching project "Between civil war and integration - Refugees and the challenges and opportunities of societal change in North Rhine-Westphalia" at the BICC, financed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Please follow the [link] for more information

27 APRIL 2017

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Professor Thielboerger spoke at the international conference "The interface of EU and international law" at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). His presentation concerned the interaction between EU and international law in the areas of international human rights and humanitarian law.
The conference was attended by academics as well as high ranking representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commisson as well as the Council of Europe.

26 APRIL 2017

   
luelf 300   Research Associate Charlotte Luelf was invited to talk at the Coffee Exchange Network's meeting on 25 April 2017 at the RUB Campus to share her experiences on international research stays with the RUB Research School Community and interested (PhD) Students.

25 APRIL 2017

   
noha2017   Today, the IFHV hosted it's first open day to introduce interested students to the new structure for next year's NOHA Joint Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action.
Programme Coordinator Will Wright, Academic Coordinator Franziska Kring, and Head of Studies Prof Gisela Hirschmann welcomed the student's to the institute, gave them a brief introduction to humanitarian action and the NOHA network, and followed the info session with individualized sessions to address any questions or concerns the students may have with the programme or the application process.
Thanks to all those who attended!
If you want to learn more about the NOHA master programme at the IFHV, please visit: NOHA Master

13 APRIL 2017

   
thielboerger 300   IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielboerger participated as panel speaker in the public event "Rights Trumped? The future of international human rights in an era of national populism", held at the Hertie School of Governance. Prof. Thielboerger's contribution dealt specifically with the question whether powerful States may use military strikes in States where massive or systematic human rights violations have occurred, as witnessed in the recent case of US missile attacks on a Syrian military base.

11 APRIL 2017

   
heintze 300   The IFHV's Professor Heintze was interviewed by German national weekly "Die Zeit" on the meaning and implications of UN Security Council Resolution 2118 of 27 September 2013 on the use of measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in the wake of any use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war.
This issue has been debated after the recent US missile strikes on an airfield held by the Syrian army.

Please follow the [link] to access the piece (in German).

11 APRIL 2017

   
thielboerger 300   The IFHV's Prof. Pierre Thielbörger spoke at our monthly doctoral colloquium, presenting findings from and ongoing initiatives regarding the piece "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in the European Union: Towards an Open Method of Coordination for Business and Human Rights", which he co-authored with Prof. Mark Dawson and Prof. Daniel Augenstein.
It was published in the European University Institute’s Law Working Papers.
You can access the paper [here]

10 APRIL 2017

   
beckmann 300   The IFHV would like to welcome Alina Beckmann, who will work on the research project `Human Security Standards in Germany´s Refugee Regime`, funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Before starting at the IVHF, Alina was a PhD student at the Institute of Ethnology of the University of Münster and wrote her PhD thesis on the topic ‘Biographical research among Migrants in Münsterland’. She also worked as a lecturer in the Bachelor’s programme ‘Cultural and Social Anthropology’ at the University of Münster.

10 APRIL 2017

   
zimmermann 300   The IFHV would like to welcome Inga Zimmermann, who will work on the research project `Human Security Standards in Germany´s Refugee Regime`, funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Inga is a PhD student, who previously gained professional experiences in refugee assistance on the international and federal level, development cooperation and market research. She holds an M.A. in Peace and Security Studies.

3 APRIL 2017

   
ramsahye 300   The IFHV's Robin Ramsahye was selected for a three-year PhD fellowship awarded by RUB's Research School in cooperation with the Tokyo Foundation within the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) Micro Kolleg on "Forced Migration".
The fellows will explore this overarching topic from different research perspectives in an interdisciplinary setting. Robin's PhD is dedicated to "The Human Right to Land" and its potential influence on the international law framework, including refugee and migration law.

2 APRIL 2017

   
masadeh 300   IFHV's Mais Masadeh participatd in the 9th International Conference on “Business, Economics, Social
Science & Humanities - BESSH-2017” from 1-2 April in Athens, Greece. The conference brought together leading researchers, scientists, social workers and business owners to discuss creative pathways of collaboration in research. One panel focused on the business role in the migration and refugee crisis. It discussed how larger businesses like Deutsche Telekom, Uber, and Continental airlines are making an impact and leading the way in non-traditional contributions to assist refugees with internships, training programmes and charity.

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