Daphina Misiedjan joins research project at Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

Dr Daphina Misiedjan

Dr Daphina Misiedjan, Assistant Professor in Human Rights and the Environment at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) has been selected for a stay at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) in Amsterdam.

She will carry out research into legal mobilization, rights of nature and changing the status quo through Earth Jurisprudence.

Earth Jurisprudence is increasingly developing and an expanding field of law. It is seen as a new approach to protecting ecosystems and also a manner to empower communities. Legal mobilization in the context of Earth Jurisprudence assists in the reframing of conventional legal values.

The focus however, is mostly on the formulation of the rights and entitlements and not, as this research proposes, on the underlying strategies concerning legal mobilization. This research will look into the dynamics of the social movements and looks to draw largely on social movement approaches to account for law-based advocacy. 


NIAS - one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) –provides a physical and intellectual space for advanced research in the humanities and social sciences that is driven by curiosity and cross-discipline collaboration. It offers temporary fellowships to international and Dutch scholars.

NIAS is located in Amsterdam.

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