News and Commentary

Can Conflict Resolution Reduce Fear in Crime Victims? A Case Study of Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal

13 Nov 2015  | by Dr. Malini Laxminarayan


The large number of refugees currently residing in camps characterized by high crime rates suggests a need for understanding the best means for conflict resolution in these settings. UNHCR, the UN-mandated organization tasked with the protection of refugees, aims to uphold the rule of law in refugee camps and ensure that victims of crimes have access to remedies for violations of their rights by strengthening legal avenues for redress with implementing partners. However, empirical evidence on the topic of victims’ justice needs of refugees and other displaced persons is scarce. In their new Working Paper, entitled “Can Conflict Resolution Reduce Fear in Crime Victims? A Case Study of Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal”, Dr. Malini Laxminarayan and Dr. Ilse Griek examine this issue.


The Hague Institute Organizes Practitioners' Workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship for Stability: Fiction?' at 3rd SPARK IGNITE! Conference

13 Nov 2015  | by Hague Institute Staff


On Wednesday, 11 November, SPARK hosted its third IGNITE! conference titled ‘Doing Business in Fragile States.’ The conference brought together experts from many different fields and parts of the world to discuss entrepreneurship and employment in fragile and conflict-affected areas.


Spotlight on Armistice Day

Martin Pettitt
11 Nov 2015  | by Hague Institute Staff


11 November is Armistice Day, upon which we commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany to cease hostilities on the Western Front during World War I. 


International Law in Ukraine

06 Nov 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


On 30 October, Dr Aaron Matta, Senior Researcher at the Rule of Law Program, delivered a lecture during the “ІХ Congress of the Ukrainian European Studies Association marking the 400th anniversary of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. The Conference tackled the diverse challenges posed by the conflict in Ukraine.


Human Development and Global Institutions: Critical to Advancing the 2030 Agenda Global Goals

Todd Hunsberger
06 Nov 2015  | by Dr. Richard Ponzio


The first Human Development Report (HDR) in 1990 defined human development as “a process of enlarging people’s choices” in order to improve the human condition. Over time, it also came to be accepted as an expansion of human capabilities, an enhancement of freedoms, and a fulfillment of human rights. Whereas economic growth schools focus exclusively on only one choice – income – human development embraces the enlargement of all human choices: whether economic, social, cultural, or political. 



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