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in the interdisciplinary research project: „Human Security Standards in Germany’s Refugee Regime” at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) fundet by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Starting 01. April 2017; duration 2 years. [PDF]

1 DECEMBER 2016

   
mortimer 300   The IFHV would like to welcome Sabine Mortimer, who joins our Secretariat from today.

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

30 NOVEMBER 2016

   
luelf 300   On 25 November, the IFHV's Charlotte Lülf attended the Workshop "Challenges to International Humanitarian Law in Areas of Limited Statehood – adaptable and legitimate, or petrified and unreasonable?", organised by the Sonderforschungsbereich 700 (Special Research Field 700) on Governance in areas of limited statehood and the Free University of Berlin.
Charlotte provided an expert commentary on a presentation dealing with the convergence of International Humanitarian Law and International Investment Law.

26 NOVEMBER 2016

   
heintze 300   On Tuesday, 22 November, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke at the annual "Jura Forum" (Law Forum) at the University of Münster.
This year's event focused on international law and set up four panels on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, TTIP, International Criminal Law and the International Commercialisation of Sports.
Professor Heintze was invited to chair the first panel on human rights and the law of armed conflict.

25 NOVEMBER 2016

   
thesis2016   The IFHV wishes congratulations to all of the NOHA students in Bochum handing in their theses today by post or in person!

Want to learn more about the NOHA masters in International Humanitarian Action? Visit: http://bit.ly/MastersNOHA

 22 NOVEMBER 2016

   
thielboerger 300   Professor Thielbörger was interviewed on Thursday by radio station Deutsche Welle on Russia's decision to leave the ICC. [link]

22 NOVEMBER 2016

   
ramsahye 300   On 17 November, IFHV's Robin Ramsahye participated in an expert seminar on "The Right to Land and other Natural Resources", conducted within the wider framework of the negotiations on a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. The seminar, held at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, offered Robin valuable insights for research on his PhD project "The Human Right to Land".

21 NOVEMBER 2016

   
luelf 300   IFHV Research Associate Charlotte Luelf just returned from a four week research stay at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge), where she conducted in depth research to advance her PhD project on ‘Legal Protection for People Fleeing Generalized Situations of Violence’.
Charlotte focuses on the legal situation of refugees arriving at European borders.

18 NOVEMBER 2016

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax from IFHV’s own Katrin Fenrich: "US-American and Russian Reactions to the Prosecutor’s Release of the Annual Report on Preliminary Examinations 2016"
[PDF]

18 NOVEMBER 2016

   
heintze 300   On Wednesday, Prof Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze answered questions of German public broadcasting radio station Deutschlandfunk on the withdrawl of Russia from the ICC and the future of this international body.
Please click here [Link] to access the interview (in German).

17 NOVEMBER 2016

   
workshop112016   Yesterday, our Institute hosted the "Young International Law – Workshop on Publishing in International, European and Comparative Law".
Assistant Professor Thomas Biermeyer (Executive Editor of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law), Jens Theilen (former Editor of the Journal of International Peace and Organization) and Professor Mark Dawson (Hertie School of Governance) provided insights on how to navigate academic waters in order to publish successfully.
IFHV PhD students as well as external doctoral candidates made use of the occasion to ask questions and engage in discussions with the speakers.
We would like to warmly thank all three of our guests for participating in our workshop!

17 NOVEMBER 2016

   
hirschmann 300   On Tuesday, following the IFHV's annual general meeting, Juniorprofessor Dr. Gisela Hirschmann presented research findings of her current work on the concept of Accountability and its relevance for humanitarian action to an audience of IFHV researchers, students and external guest.

16 NOVEMBER 2016

   
iv2016   Yesterday, the  IFHV held its annual general meeting. IFHV members and affiliates, including staff, guest researchers and external doctoral candidates attended to discuss the developments that took place at the institute in 2016.
Managing Director Prof Dr. Pierre Thielbörger presented an overview of research activities and welcomed new members. Prof. Dr. Katrin Radtke summarized results of the IFHV's conference "Protecting the Unprotected: Humanitarian Action and Human Rights after the World Humanitarian Summit", which took place in September. Prof. Dr. Heintze laid out the Institute's publication initiatives, including our IFHV Working Paper Series and the Bochumer Schriften, the Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict and NOHA's online Jounal on International Humanitarian Action.
The NOHA team highlighted past and planned activities within our Master programme in Humanitarian Action. We would like to thank everyone who attended and we look forward to working with you over the course of the next year!

OCTOBER 2016

   
ifhv logo   On 15 November, the IFHV holds its annual general meeting. At 3:45 pm a group photo will be taken. Following our one hour meeting (4-5 pm), Juniorprofessor Dr. Gisela Hirschmann will present insights from her current research. We would like to encourage all IFHV members and affiliates, including staff, guest researchers and external doctoral candidates to attend and look forward to welcoming you all at the Institute.

14 NOVEMBER 2016

   
heintze 300   In 2016, our NOHA network partner, the University of Malta, celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the publication of Thomas Morus's "Utopia". A series of events throughout the year deals with the work's enduring impact. Last week, Prof. Heintze gave a talk on "Thomas Morus' Utopia and International Law". Around 150 Students attended the session and participated in the ensuing discussion.

11 NOVEMBER 2016

   
sechuman   On 9 November, the research project SecHuman on security in cyber space kicked off at Ruhr University.
The IFHV contributes to the structured PhD programme's long term research outcomes, with Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger supervising a PhD project on "Privacy as a Human Right".  
After a welcome by RUB's Vice-Rector Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ostendorf and Dr. Doris Schnabel of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia's Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research, Project Chair Prof. Dr-Ing. Christoph Paar presented the innovative topics the structured PhD programme will address over the coming years.
Prof. Dr. Angela Sasse (University College London) closed the session with a keynote speech on "Securing the Digital Society - why we need a multi.disciplinary approach".

7 NOVEMBER 2016

   
ramsahye 300   Last Thursday and Friday, the IFHV's Robin Ramsahye participated in the Trilateral Workshop "Comparative Perspectives on Land Governance in Brazil and India", organized by the Law & Society Institute Berlin and held at Humbolt University Berlin. Experts and students from the fields of law, anthropology, economics as well as social and political science discussed the challenges of land governance in the two countries and beyond. As part of an online symposium accompanying the workshop, Robin authored a post for the Völkerrechtsblog titled "The Human Right to Land". Check out the blog post [here]

2 NOVEMBER 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   Professor Dijkzeul contributed with an interview to an article in the Stuttgarter Zeitung (Friday, October 28, 2016) on the desertification and drought in the Mediterranean. The article discussed recent research on climate-change's drastic impact on the natural environment that scholars from the France-based research organization "Centre national de la recherche scientifique", and the Aix-Marseille Université in Aix-en Provence published in “Science”.
To read the article, please follow the [link]

31 OCTOBER 2016

   
hc berlin   Two weeks ago, the NOHA master's students at the IFHV participated in the Humanitarian Congress Berlin. The congress was hosted in Berlin by Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Ärzte ohne Grenzen, Ärzte der Welt, Charité, & Ärztekammer Berlin and included the active participation of two current NOHA bochum students, Dilek Genc and Safiullah Taye, who moderated the closing session with Norah Niland of the The Graduate Institute Geneva.

28 OCTOBER 2016

   
heintze 300   This week, Prof. Hans Joachim Heintze trained a number of Afghan diplomats in international refugee law.
The course, organized by the Max Planck Foundation, took place in Kabul. 16 Afghan attachés as well as the state'a vice minister for refugee affairs participated.
Charged with returning asylum seekers to Afghanistan, whose applications for asylum in other states have been rejected, the diplomats found the training to be highly relevant and useful.

25 OCTOBER 2016

   
coventry 300   We would like to thank IFHV research associate Thea Coventry for her oustanding work over the last years and wish her all the best for the future. It has been a pleasure to work with you and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

OCTOBER 2016

   
thielboerger 300   Professor Thielbörger bietet im Wintersemester 16/17 folgende Vorlesungen für SPB-4-Studierende der juristischen Fakultät (und für interessierte Studierende anderer Fakultäten) an:
Professor Thielbörger will offer the following lectures for SPB 4 students of the law faculty (and for interested students of other faculties) in the winter semester 16/17:

Grundlagen des Völkerrechts

Donnerstag (Thursday), 10.00-12.00h
BF Raum 4.46-4.47 (Seminarraum IFHV)

und/and

Besondere Regelungsbereiche des Völkerrechts
Donnerstag (Thursday), 12.00-14.00h
BF Raum 4.46-4.47 (Seminarraum IFHV)

Beide Vorlesungen beginnen am 20. Oktober 2016.
Both lectures start on 20 October 2016.

21 OCTOBER 2016

   
heintze 300   On 19 October, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze spoke at a conference in Bern, Switzerland, discussing the European Court of Human Right's 2015 decision in the case of Chiragov and others v. Armenia.
The case concerned a complaint by Azerbaijani refugees, who found themselves unable to return to their former homes, due to the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenian forces during the 1990s. The conference focused on the reasoning behind a decision that affects hundreds of thousands of refugees in the region.  

19 OCTOBER 2016

   
autschool   From 3 to 12 October, IFHV’s Professor Hans-Joachim Heintze, Laura Hofmann, and Sonja Hövelmann attended the autumn school “Forced Displacement and Regional Politics in the Middle East”. The autumn school was organised by Ruhr-Universität Bochum's Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and hosted by the Lebanese American University on their Byblos and Beirut campuses.

As part of the German-Arab Joint Research, Training, and Networking Programme at the IEE, the autumn school offered both PhD and external master’s students a platform to present and discuss their research designs with leading scholars.

18 OCTOBER 2016

   
ackermann 300   This afternoon, IFHV research associate Tobias Ackermann presented in our monthly doctoral colloquium, elaborating on the International Law Commission's Draft Articles on the Effects of Armed Conflicts on Treaties.

18 OCTOBER 2016

   
wp 6 1   In his Working Paper Cooperation-based Non-entrée - What prospects for legal accountability? Francesco Bosso from Oxford discusses whether European States that facilitate third State migration control practices which result in foreseeable violations of human rights can be said to act consistently with their international refugee law and European human rights law obligations. [link]

14 OCTOBER 2016

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax from IFHV’s own Tobias Ackermann: “Rückschlag für das humanitäre Völkerrecht: Bundesgerichtshof erklärt Amtshaftungsrecht bei Auslandseinsätzen der Bundeswehr für unanwendbar“
[Setback for the law of armed conflict: German Federal Court of Justice declares law of state liability not applicable to overseas military operations] [PDF]

14 OCTOBER 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On Friday, October 7, IFHV’s Prof Dennis Dijkzeul participated in a workshop at the GLS Bank, dealing with the current refugee crisis, its root causes and the different reactions towards the crisis. Together with staff members and apprentices at GLS Bank, he also visited a refugee centre in Dortmund.

12 OCTOBER 2016

   
meis 300   Last week, IFHV's Prof Dennis Dijkzeul and Mareike Meis taught at the Summer School "Facing Genocide: Die Zukunft der Gewalt" at the Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies at Ruhr University Bochum. Prof Dijkzeul gave a presentation on “Humanitarian Aid: Political Framework, current possibilities” and Mareike Meis elaborated on “Media and violence: The examples of the Rwandan Genocide and the Islamic State”.

11 OCTOBER 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   On Monday, October 3, IFHV's Prof Dennis Dijkzeul presented in a panel on "Diaspora Humanitarianism: Transnational Ways of Working" at the conference "A Missing Link? Diaspora's Place in an Enhanced International Humanitarian System" in Copenhagen. This conference was organized by DEMAC, a research project carried out by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), the Berghof Foundation, and the Danish Refugee Council. The project was supported by ECHO and Danida. It focused especially on diaspora organizations from Sierra Leone, Somalia and Syria.

10 OCTOBER 2016

   
reftag2016   The IFHV and the German Red-Cross Regional Branch of Lower Saxony (DRK-Landesverband Niedersachsen) conducted the long-established annual training seminar "Referendarstagung Bad Pyrmont" on the 7-8th October 2016. 30 Young Trainee Lawyers and  DRK Konventionsbeauftragte actively participated in different presentations. Among others, research associate Charlotte Lülf gave presentations on "International Humanitarian Law", "Means and Methods of Warfare", "Current Challenges of Refugee and Asylum Law", research associate Tobias Ackermann elaborated on "The Enforcement of IHL: Compensation Claims before Domestic Courts" and Katrin Fenrich addressed "International Criminal Law".

10 OCTOBER 2016

   
noha cerah   Last week, IFHV's Institute Manager Katharina Behmer as well as Juniorprofessor Gisela Hirschmann participated in the NOHA-CERAH workshop on "Interdisciplinarity in Humanitarian Studies", taking place in Brussels. Afterwards, the NOHA partners continued to discuss on joined curriculum development.

10 OCTOBER 2016

   
behmer 300   Last week, IFHV's Institute Manager Katharina Behmer participated in the panel "The Politics of Gender and Transformation" at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt's conference "Political Transformation - Transforming Politics: Feminist Perspectives and Intervention".
She presented on "Global Norms and Local Interactions in Post-Conflict Settings: A Case Study on Gender in the Cambodian Transitional Justice Process".

9 OCTOBER 2016

   
hirschmann   The IFHV would like to welcome its new Juniorprofessor for Global Governance and Humanitarian Action, Gisela Hirschmann.
Gisela received her PhD in political science at Freie Universität Berlin. She subsequently worked as Max Weber Post-doctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence.
We are glad to have you with us and are looking forward to working with you!

7 OCTOBER 2016

   
eiuc   Last week, in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, Ana Filipa Lopes, Lucie Tosovska, and Adela Antosova were awarded their European Master’s Degree in Human Right and Democratization from the EUIC Venice by Ruhr-Universität Bochum-Prorector Prof Ostendorf.
The Ruhr-Universität Bochum has been a partner in the EIUC Venice master’s for 20 years and the three students each spent their second semester at the IFHV with our NOHA course and wrote their theses with under NOHA Bochum Director, Prof Heintze.

Congratulations!


5 OCTOBER 2016

   
bofax   We have just published a new Bofax from research associate Tobias Ackermann on the “New US Legislation Allows Lawsuits Against States Allegedly Involved in Terrorism:  Implications for the International Law on State Immunity”. [PDF]

5 OCTOBER 2016

   
bofax   IFHV’s own Franziska Kring authored a Bofax on “Environmental Destruction as Crime Against Humanity? Climate Change and its implications on International Criminal Law”. To read her Bofax, please follow the [link].

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
workshop092016   Last week's conference framework programme began on Tuesday, 20 September with our Pre-Conference Workshop on Academia and Research, kindly sponsored by RUB's research school. Professor Pierre Thielbörger welcomed visiting scholars and academics and opened the workshop's first part, during which pre-junior researchers of the IFHV and other national and international institutions learnt about futures in academia. Topics included, among others, how to go about planning an academic career and how to strategically place academic publications.
Junior researchers subsequently split into three roundtable groups on Human Rights Law, Migration and Refugees as well as Post-Conflict Societies.
They had the opportunity to discuss their current research projects with peers and invited senior academics, who chaired the roundtables and provided helpful feedback. We would like to thank all participants for making the workshop a real success!

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
ifhv konferenz  

Last week, the conference "Protecting the Unprotected: Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance after the World Humanitarian Summit" was convened by the IFHV with support of the NOHA network and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
The institute hosted more than 100 scholars and practitioners from around 15 countries in order to discuss about the challenges that humanitarian organisations face with regards to the protection of civilians but also of aid workers in some of the world's deadliest crises such as Syria, South Sudan and Yemen.

 

Photos from our conference are now available. Please follow the link to access our photo [gallery].


30 SEPTEMBER 2016

   
noha 2016  

This past week, the IFHV welcomed the new NOHA Master's students studying at Ruhr University Bochum. Beyond introductory courses to the Institute and University, the students were welcomed with an Inauguration ceremony on 28 September.

We are excited to have the new students here and to get the next semester started!


26 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

SEPTEMBER 2016

   
poster konferenz klein  

We would like to cordially invite you to the conference:

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

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

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

 


20 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

SEPTEMBER 2016

   
ifhv logo  

Job advertisement: Secretary

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

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


16 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

31 AUGUST 2016

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

29 AUGUST 2016

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

22 AUGUST 2016

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

18 AUGUST 2016

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

17 AUGUST 2016

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

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


15 AUGUST 2016

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

3 AUGUST 2016

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

2 AUGUST 2016

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

1 AUGUST 2016

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

25 JULY 2016

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

20 JULY 2016

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

18 JULY 2016

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

Please follow the [link] for more information


15 JULY 2016

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

14 JULY 2016

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

13 JULY 2016

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

13 JULY 2016

   
ifhv ibe   Presentation (in English) on:

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

Assoc. Prof. Baryalai Hakimi

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

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

12 JULY 2016

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

11 JULY 2016

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

6 JULY 2016

   
thielboerger 300  

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

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


5 JULY 2016

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

4 JULY 2016

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

JUNE 2016

   
dijkzeul 300   DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 30 JUNE

Summer School 'Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century'

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

25 JUNE 2016

   
clusterklein  

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

Please follow the [link] for details


20 JUNE 2016

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

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

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

20 JUNE 2016

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

15 JUNE 2016

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

13 JUNE 2016

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

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

10 JUNE 2016

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

8 JUNE 2016

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

8 JUNE 2016

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

3 JUNE 2016

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

MAY 2016

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

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

Thursday, 02 June 2016, 16:00–18:00

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

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

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

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


30 MAY 2016

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

30 MAY 2016

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

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


29 MAY 2016

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

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


27 MAY 2016

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

24 MAY 2016

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

Please follow the [link] to access the interview

24 MAY 2016

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

Please follow the [link] for more information.

23 MAY 2016

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

20 MAY 2016

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

Please follow this [link] to access the report.


17 MAY 2016

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

The interview can be found at [here]

 


12 MAY 2016

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

11 MAY 2016

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

11 MAY 2016

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

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


9 MAY 2016

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

9 MAY 2016

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

6 MAY 2016

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

4 MAY 2016

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

4 MAY 2016

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

3 MAY 2016

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

3 MAY 2016

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

2 MAY 2016

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

APRIL 2016

   
cfa noha scholoarships  

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

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

APRIL 2016

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

APRIL 2016

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

APRIL 2016

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

28 APRIL 2016

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

27 APRIL 2016

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

26 APRIL 2016

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

25 APRIL 2016

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

25 APRIL 2016

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

20 APRIL 2016

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

19 APRIL 2016

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

13 APRIL 2016

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

12 APRIL 2016

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

12 APRIL 2016

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

11 APRIL 2016

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

3 APRIL 2016

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

1 APRIL 2016

   
bofax   New Bofax 486D

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

31 MARCH 2016

   
bofax   New Bofax 485D

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

30 MARCH 2016

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

29 MARCH 2016

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

24 MARCH 2016

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

21 MARCH 2016

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

17 MARCH 2016

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

17 MARCH 2016

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

4 MARCH 2016

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

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

Tuesday, 15 March 2016, 10:00–12:00

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

More information can be found in the poster [link]


3 MARCH 2016

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

2 MARCH 2016

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

27 FEBRUARY 2016

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

26 FEBRUARY 2016

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

23 FEBRUARY 2016

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

22 FEBRUARY 2016

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

21 FEBRUARY 2016

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

17 FEBRUARY 2016

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

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

4 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

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


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

1 FEBRUARY 2016

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

JANUARY 2016

   
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Job advertisement: Student Assistant

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

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


31 JANUARY 2016

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

26 JANUARY 2016

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

24 JANUARY 2016

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

22 JANUARY 2016

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

JANUARY 2016

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

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

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




20 JANUARY 2016

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

15 JANUARY 2016

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

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

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

13 JANUARY 2016

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

13 JANUARY 2016

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


8 JANUARY 2016

   
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Professor Dennis Dijkzeul gave a talk on the current refugee situation

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

5 JANUARY 2016

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