Welcome to the Invisible College Blog. Until the end of 2017, this was the official blog of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research.
Until the end of 2017, the Invisible College Blog was the continuation of its successful predecessor carrying the same name (see here for more about the ‘pre-school days’ of the blog). The aim of the renewed blog was to attempt to offer an even more comprehensive, yet pluriform and diverse collection of posts along the spectrum of research activities conducted within the School of Human Rights Research. These areas of interest comprise various disciplines such as, but not limited to, human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international economic law and development cooperation, international relations and philosophical approaches to any of these disciplines.
The main idea was not to directly represent the School of Human Rights Research, but more to create an online forum which provides (former) members of the School, and likeminded spirits, the opportunity to report, share and exchange thoughts on current developments through open dialogue.
The aim was to be informative, but also to stimulate debate on these topics. For this purpose, we regularly invited guest bloggers to share their expertise and views on particular issues, and invited the reader to participate in a meaningful way in the discussion!
The School of Human Rights Research aims at promoting disciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific research in the field of human rights. By means of critical analysis and the submission of proposals, based on thorough scientific research, the School wants to contribute to the further implementation and strengthening of international, regional and national systems of protection of human rights.
The School is an inter-university alliance of universities and research institutes – a joint effort of the School of Law and the Faculty of the Humanities of Utrecht University, and the Faculties of Law of Maastricht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tilburg University and Leiden University. The T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, also participates in the Research School. The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of the Faculty of Law at Utrecht University is entrusted with the administration of the School and hosts the secretariat and management of the School.
The School aims to unite researchers in the field of human rights and provides a joint training programme for Ph.D. researchers who are employed at the universities participating in the School. Various disciplines are represented within the Research School: Law (including several sub-disciplines), Political Science, History, Philosophy, and Cultural Anthropology.
The School of Human Rights Research was officially recognised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 1995 and re-accredited in 2000 and 2005.