For the 2020/21 Academic Year, several LDRN-institutionally affiliated researchers will participate in a research theme group focusing on Legal Mobilization (Legal Mobilization: Analysing Law-Based Advocacy) at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Amsterdam, with support from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
Jeff Handmaker (ISS, Erasmus University), Daphina Misiedjan (ISS, Erasmus University), Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh (Leiden University), Frederiek de Vlaming (University of Amsterdam / Nuhanovic Foundation) and Jackie Dugard (Wits University) will also pursue individual research projects as NIAS Fellows in residence for a period of 5 months (February – June 2021). Details of their individual projects are available on the theme group page.
Through the legal mobilization research theme group, these researchers are both interrogating existing literature on legal mobilization as well as the foundational, liberal values that underpin state-level and inter-governmental systems of human rights norm-making and enforcement. Case studies will be analysed from South Africa, Suriname, Vanuatu and elsewhere, also within United Nations and other institutions, and on a variety of themes, including climate change, the rights of nature, migration and international criminal justice, and Covid-19.