As part of the Shelter City initiative, Justice and Peace has established a Fellowship Programme for Human Rights Defenders in The Hague. With this programme, Justice and Peace aims to add the support of HRD’s work in (applied) human rights law research. HRDs that meet the Shelter City criteria and who have a legal background and a track record on conducting research activities can apply for this programme once a year through the second annual call for applications in June.
The T.M.C. Asser Institute is an internationally renowned research centre for international and European law. It fulfils an important role in conducting fundamental and independent policy-oriented research and in providing a platform for international cooperation and partnering in fields of law at the cutting edge of academia and practice. Over the years, the Asser Institute has developed strong independent research activities. In the coming years, the Institute aims to build on these activities to strengthen its academic profile and foster its orientation towards fundamental and independent policy-oriented research – inter alia in the fields of international and European human rights law (Research Strand A on ‘Human Dignity and Human Security in international and European Law).
Justice and Peace and the Asser Institute wish to establish a collaborative relationship that strengthens and supports the capacity of local human rights defenders (HRDs) worldwide. The Asser Institute will host one fellow per year for a period of 3-6 months within the framework of the Justice and Peace Fellowship Programme for Human Rights Defenders in The Hague.
The fellow will carry out a research project during the relocation period and take part in other relevant research activities of the Asser Institute. In line with these activities the Fellow might also perform in public events like lectures or (panel) discussions.