Special Events

For many of our courses we organise special events to engage the students in the taught topics in a variety of forms. Below is a list of the events that have been arranged so far.

Fall Semester 2017

Guest Lecture, Santiago Sosa (Rice University)

Spring Semester 2015

Excursion to the International Criminal Court in The Hague

Fall Semester 2014

Gastvortrag, Dr. Julia Leininger (German Development Institute Bonn)

Gastvortrag, Dr. Roos van der Haer (Universität Konstanz)

Spring Semester 2014

Excursion to RAF Exhibition in Stuttgart

Fall Semester 2013

Virtual guest lecture on election monitoring

Screening of film “An African Election”, on 25.11, 7pm

Fall Semester 2011

The following guest lecture has been organised for the students on the Hauptseminar on Non-State Actors and Human Rights.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Theory

Dr. Samuel Mansell, University of St. Andrews

21 November 2011, 17.15 – 18.45, Room A5 B-143

Corporate Social Responsibility has become a buzzword in the public relations machinery of corporations and civil society actors that monitor the effects of the activities of these corporations on the environment, communities, and individual and group rights. Stakeholder theory lies at the heart of this concept and proposes that a corporation is accountable not just to the shareholders that constitute it but to individuals and groups that are affected by its actions. In this lecture, Dr. Samuel Mansell critiques the concept of stakeholder theory by highlighting the internal inconsistencies in the arguments laid out by its proponents. This critique has obvious legal and political implications for the endeavours to hold corporations accountable for human rights violations.

Spring Semester 2011

As part of the Übungen in International Relations Conflict and Human Rights, we organised the following two guest lectures:

Writing Rights? The Role of Ethnography in Human Rights Research

Dr. Michele Lamb, University of Roehampton
23 March 2011, 18.00

Ethnography is a method of data collection, a way of looking at the world, and a way of seeing it (Walcott, 2008). Drawing on a variety of case studies, Dr Michele Lamb will examine ethnography both as a discrete research methodology and in its use as part of a broader research strategy. What can be learnt from conducting research ‘from the inside’; and what, if anything, can it contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights?

Zooming in on violence: What events-based data can (and can’t) tell us about conflict trajectories.

Anita Gohdes, Humboldt University Berlin
5 April 2011, 18:00

Events-based measures are one of the recent innovations in understanding and accounting for human rights violations. Collecting evidence on violent events can be a powerful tool to hold perpetrators accountable for the atrocities they commit, as well as lend victims a voice in post-violence settings. Frequently, such events-based data are gathered by different groups during and after armed conflicts. Depending on the reasons why these groups or institutions record information, lists of violations are compiled with more or less detailed data and coverage. For example, humanitarian organizations collect information on cases known to them, death registries try to keep track of the deceased, and press agencies report on victims fallen in battle. All of these ‘lists’ are prone to incomplete registration, be it for institutional, financial, geographical or political reasons. Answers to questions about the real magnitude and characteristics of the conflict cannot be obtained from such a single data source in a direct way. Statistical methods that enable to draw conclusions about the entire population, based on these incomplete data sources, are thus desirable.

This lecture introduces the ‘who-did-what-to-whom’-method of data collection, as pioneered by the Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group, which has been used by seven Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (e.g. Peru, East Timor and Sierra Leone) and countless human rights NGOs across the world. It also offers an introduction to the statistical tool of multiple systems estimation that can account for missing and biased information in events-based data.

Field Trip

The Übungen Negotiation and Conflict and Human Rights will undertake a field trip to the European Parliament  and  the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in May. Students will have the opportunity to visit either of the two institutions, in the case of the EP there will also be a discussion with a Member of the European Parliament.

Simulation Pol&IS

Students of the Übungen Conflict Studies and Negotiation and Conflict will participate in a 2-day simulation exercise, POL&IS, organized by the German Army. Fore more information about this simulation, see the POLIS-Broschüre. This simulation is part of the course, taking place on 14/15 May 2011.