(English) Montaigne mini-symposium: A bottom-up approach to Human Rights

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Methodology Session 11 may

In two talks we will discuss research on the intersection of language and the law. Dr. Tessa van Charldorp will focus on the transformations that take place when a police interrogation with a suspect is written up as a police record. Particularly, she will focus on how three different police record styles (monologue style, reconstructed style and question-answer style) play a role in the transformation of the suspect’s story from spoken interaction to a written record. She will provide an overview of the three different police record styles that are often found in police records in the Netherlands and reflect upon how suspects’ spoken stories are transformed within these particular styles. Dr. Anita Eerland will talk about language understanding. More specifically she will demonstrate how subtle differences in language use, either written or spoken, influence our understanding of a situation. Implications for the legal domain will be discussed. We will end this session with a sneak preview of a current study combining our previous work. Your input will be greatly valued. Also, we are interested in discussing future collaborations.  
Thursday 11 May
15.00 – 17.00 uur
Toon Peterszaal
Drinks afterwards


Bridging Scholarship and Practice: 20 Years of the Public International Law & Policy Group

Brianne McGonigle Leyh and Julie Fraser, recently guest edited a special edition of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law. The special edition, “Bridging Scholarship and Practice: 20 Years of the Public International Law & Policy Group,” features articles from current and former members of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) including its Co-Founders Paul Williams and Michael Scharf, as well as Brianne and Julie, who are Senior Counsel with PILPG. PILPG is a non-profit organisation that operates as a global pro bono law firm. PILPG provides free legal assistance to States and others involved in peace negotiations, advises States on drafting post-conflict constitutions, and assists in prosecuting war criminals. PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution. Brianne’s contribution focuses on the documentation of serious human rights violations and Julie’s contribution focuses on voting restrictions and the European Court of Human Rights. To read the special issue, visit: 



Lunchlezing 19 april Mark Goodale

English only!

On the 19th of april, at 12.00, Mark Goodale will give a lunch lecture:

“Human Rights in an Anthropological Key: Exploring a Para-Normative Approach to the Practice of Human Rights”
This talk will introduce a new methodology for linking what anthropologists call the “practice of human rights” to human rights theory, implementation, and institutional development. Drawing on innovative moves within contemporary sociocultural anthropology, the talk will explore a “para-normative” approach to human rights that seeks to radically pluralize and horizontalize the production of knowledge about what human rights are and can be and the subsequent ethical commitments to the promotion of reconfigured human rights in a world marked by the rise of nationalism, cultural identitarianism, and the deepening of global inequality. 
Mark Goodale holds a chair in cultural and social anthropology at the University of Lausanne. The founding series editor of Stanford Studies in Human Rights, he is the author or editor of thirteen volumes, including UNESCO Surveys the World: A Prehistory of Human Rights(Stanford, 2018), Anthropology and Law: A Critical Introduction (NYU, 2017), Human Rights at the Crossroads (Oxford, 2013), andSurrendering to Utopia: An Anthropology of Human Rights (Stanford, 2009). He is currently writing a new book on justice, ideology, and practice in Bolivia based on nine years of ethnographic research. 
If you would like to attend, please send an email to


WODC-Onderzoek naar Rechtsstatelijke waarborgen bij Alternatieve Geschiloplossing

Het Montaigecentrum is bezig met een onderzoek naar Rechtsstatelijke waarborgen bij Alternatieve Geschiloplossing in opdracht van het Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeks- en Documentatiecentrum. In de zomer van 2017 worden de resultaten verwacht.