PhD defence by Jaffer Najar

Violence, unfreedoms, marginalization and gaps in anti-trafficking governance in India
PhD student
Friday 31 May 2024, 16:30 - 18:30
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Jaffer Latief Najar

On 31 May, Jaffer Latief Najar will defend his PhD thesis examining anti-trafficking practices in India. His focus is on the position, experiences, demands and agency of marginalized individuals and communities who are targeted by anti-trafficking interventions.

He looks particularly into the role of intersecting social, political and economic power relations in anti-trafficking governance in India.

He contends that anti-trafficking governance policies and practices in India failed to deliver justice to the targeted individuals but instead further marginalizes them by placing them in the margins of society. In his conclusion, Jaffer Najar recommends amendements to current to current anti-trafficking policies in a way that delivers justice based on a prioritization of the perspectives of targeted individuals.

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Doctoral Board


Professor Ruard Ganzevoort

Doctoral dissertation supervisor

Professor Inge Hutter
Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann
Dr Amrita Chhachhi

Full Doctoral Committee

  • Dr Kimberly Walters, California State University
  • Dr Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Professor Peter Scholten, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Professor Wendy Harcourt, ISS
  • Dr Silke Heumann, ISS
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The ceremony will begin promptly at 16:30 hrs in the ISS auditorium (Aula B) of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Atrium of the ISS.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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ISS PhD programme
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