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  • On 27-28 April 2023, we held our third Advisory Board meeting.
  • On 2nd March 2023, Nele Schuldt and Prof. Elisabeth Lambert co-organised a Symposium on ‘Translating Climate Science for the Human Rights Court Room’. With over 400 online and in-person registrations, as well as an online recording of the presentations, a wide audience was reached. The recordings can be found here.
  • On 28 February and 1 March 2023, Anne-K. Speck attended the first ever Council of Europe (CoE) Civil Society Summit, convened jointly by CURE (Campaign to Uphold Rights in Europe) and the Conference of INGOs of the CoE in The Hague and online. The Summit adopted a Declaration addressed to the 4th CoE Summit of Heads of State and Government (to be held on 16-17 May 2023 in Reykjavík), featuring recommendations for strengthening the CoE and making it more effective.
  • On 2 February 2023, Anne-K. Speck taught an online class on ‘Interviews in Legal Research: Research Methods and Research Ethics’ to students participating in the Public Interest Clinic of New York University (NYU in Paris).


  • In October and November of 2022, Nele Schuldt undertook a 6-week research visit at the University of Oxford, working alongside the team of the Sustainable Law Programme of Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
  • On 20 September 2022, Emma Várnagy and Jill Alpes spoke at the 2nd CESSMIR Conference with the theme ‘Contemporary forms of racism and discrimination’. The talk was entitled ‘Making ethnic discrimination visible to judges: The case of an experiment at the North Macedonian borders’.
  • In the first semester of the academic year 2022-2023, Marie-Benedicte Dembour, assisted by the DISSECT research team, taught a Master’s course entitled ‘Selected Topics of International Human Rights Law’ and focusing on ‘Evidence, Truth and Power’. This is to a group of 58 UGent Master’s students. Syllabus available here.
  • On 13-16 July 2022, the DISSECT team attended the Global Meeting on Law & Society in Lisbon. Every dissecter gave a paper on their research.
  • On 13-14 June 2022, we held our second Advisory Board meeting.
  • On 7 June 2022, Anne-K. Speck participated in an online Werkstattgespräch organised by the Law & Society Institute at HU Berlin, where they gave a talk entitled ‘Recht nah am Forschungsgegenstand – Erkenntnisse aus ethnographischer Feldforschung am Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte‘.
  • On 18 May 2022 Emma Várnagy presented her paper entitled “‘Purely Gypsy Behavior’ The ECtHR and Negative Stereotypes In Racist Police Violence Cases” at the Critical Approaches to Romani Studies Conference organized by Södertörn University and Central European University, in cooperation with the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.
  • From March to June 2022, Ruwadzano Makumbe was in-residence at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford (March-June 2022). In addition to her PhD research, she conducted independent research under the Civil Liability for Human Rights Violations Project. The primary purpose of the project is to determine whether and when the law of civil remedies provides a real opportunity to hold state and non-state actors accountable for their involvement in three specified categories of human rights violations: (i) assault or unlawful arrest and detention of persons; (ii) environmental harm; and (iii) harmful or unfair labour conditions.
    More info: https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/content/civil-liability-gross-human-rights-abuses
  • On 19 February 2022, Nele Schuldt gave a paper entitled ‘Mapping Translational Challenges in the European Court of Human Right’s approach towards scientific evidence in environmental case law’ at the Conference on Climate Change Litigation in Europe held at the University of Hasselt organised jointly with BIICL.
  • On 15 February 2022, Ruwadzano Mukambe had a blog post, entitled ‘The Use of Digital Open-Source Information as Evidence in International Human Rights Adjudication: A Reality-Check’, published on Jus Cogens: The International Law Blog, available here.
  • On 31 January 2022, Dr Octavian Ichim joined the DISSECT team online and talked to us about his work in the UN Treaty Bodies unit in Geneva.