UCALL-researchers Excel

The  UCALL-researchers that focus on private law, participate in the Ius Commune Research School which has been reviewed in 2013 by a committee of peers, led by Prof. M. Wissink. The component ‘Liability & Insurance’, at that time still led by Ivo Giesen en Willem van Boom (EUR), finished in a shared first place as the best of all the evaluated research programs, with a total score of 4.8 on a scale of 5. The subcomponent ‘quality of the research group’ even received the maximum score of 5. Given the importance of Ius Commune to UCALL and the close links between the two groups, this is very pleasing news.



Colloquium 50 years TPR (journal for private law)

The colloquium 50 years TPR (journal for private law) will take place on the 13th and 14th of March in Gent (Belgium). The event will be dedicated to the future of private law in a pluralistic legal system where Ingrid Koning, together with Patrick Wautelet, will contribute to the colloquium by giving a report on the subject ‘private international law treaties’.



A new volume co-edited by Cedric Ryngaert: ‘Human Security and International Law: The Challenge of Non-State Actors’

Cedric Ryngaert co-edited a volume entitled ‘Human Security and International Law: The Challenge of Non-State Actors‘ (Intersentia 2013), which address accountability questions with respect to the impact of organized non-state entities on human security.

This is the English summary: ‘In 1994, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) coined the term ‘human security’ in the seminal UNDP Human Development Report. This report approached ‘security’ for the first time from a holistic perspective: security would no longer be viewed from a purely military perspective, but rather it would encapsulate economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community and political security. Although the concept of human security accords a higher status to individual than to governmental interests, human security discourses have continually emphasised the central role of States as providers of human security. This volume challenges this paradigm, and highlights the part played by non-state actors in both threatening human security and also in rescuing or providing relief to those whose human security is endangered. It does so from a legal perspective, (international) law being one of the instruments used to realise human security as well as being a material source or guiding principle for the formation of human security-enhancing policies. In particular, the volume critically discusses how various non-state actors, such as armed opposition groups, multinational corporations, private military / security companies, non-governmental organisations, and national human rights institutions, participate in the construction of such policies, and how they are held legally accountable for their adverse impact on human security.’



Utrecht Network Young Researchers Grant for UCALL Researcher Laura van Kessel

UCALL researcher Laura van Kessel has obtained a Utrecht Network Young Researchers Grant. This will allow her to spend three months at Strassbourg University in order to do research for her PhD, which focuses on civil redress for ECHR-violations.



EU grant for project ‘Business & Human Rights challenges for cross border litigation in the European Union’

UCALL researcher Liesbeth Enneking has together with an international consortium of legal scholars obtained a 0.6 million euro research grant by the European Commission for a research project on the challenges faced by victims of human rights violations by EU-based multinationals when it comes to obtaining judicial and non-judicial redress.