dr. (Jeff) JD Handmaker

dr. (Jeff) JD Handmaker
Senior Lecturer in Law, Human Rights and Development International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
Location
Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage
Room
I3-10
Telephone
0704260585
Email
handmaker@iss.nl
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I joined the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in February 2007. Among my external academic appointments, I have been a senior research fellow in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand since January 2007, an Editor (since 2013) of the South African Journal on Human Rights (from Feb 2017- Feb 2019 Editor-in-Chief) and a visiting research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University in 2017.

I studied law in England (1992: LLB, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and 1994: LLM, with Merit, School of Oriental and African Studies, London) and was called to the English bar in 1995. After fifteen years as a human rights practitioner in South Africa and The…

I joined the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam in February 2007. Among my external academic appointments, I have been a senior research fellow in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand since January 2007, an Editor (since 2013) of the South African Journal on Human Rights (from Feb 2017- Feb 2019 Editor-in-Chief) and a visiting research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University in 2017.

I studied law in England (1992: LLB, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and 1994: LLM, with Merit, School of Oriental and African Studies, London) and was called to the English bar in 1995. After fifteen years as a human rights practitioner in South Africa and The Netherlands, in 2009 I obtained a PhD in the sociology of law at Utrecht University with a thesis on "Advocating for Accountability: Civic-State Interactions to Protect Refugees in South Africa", published by Intersentia (Antwerp).

From the early 1990s, off and on until early 2000, which included short appointments as assistant to a British Member of Parliament and as legal advisor for the Dutch Refugee Council, I held various positions for the South African organisation Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR).  For seven years following my time with LHR I completed numerous assignments as a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher, based in The Hague. I trained government officials, police officers, military personnel, lawyers, NGOs and journalists and advised governments, the United Nations and civil society organisations in the development sector on a wide range of human rights and legal issues, developing particular regional experience in Southern Africa and Palestine.

Since 1999, I have published scholarly work, in academic and other journals, as well as four books and one special issue of a journal.

My academic research has been in three, overlapping areas, all concerning the potential for legal mobilisation to lead to progressive structural change.

The first, long-standing area of research has theorized and evaluated the structural opportunities and constraints of civic-state interactions in the context of human rights advocacy and in particular public interest litigation, with a particular focus on refugees and migrants. While this area of research has focused primarily on South Africa, I have also written on legal mobilization in Latin America, Palestine and the Netherlands. This area of reseach has also critiqued the deleterious effects of evaluating legal doctrine without critically taking into account the social, historical and political context and the pedagogies of legal learning from crisis.

A second, related area of research has been to critically evaluate the content and implementation of laws and policies and the roles of civic actors in the framing and enforcement of these policies. In this area, I have focussed primarily on refugee laws and policies in South Africa, but I have also been examining the negative consequences of the social reproduction by migration experts of concepts such as ‘irregular migration’, and the uncritical application of legal-doctrinal concepts in legal-political analyses of armed conflict and international criminal justice.

A third research area has critically evaluated efforts by civic actors, states and international institutions, to enforce international criminal law, both through international tribunals and in national legal systems.

In 2005, I received a WOTRO award to support field research in South Africa from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO). Since working at ISS, I have participated in various grants, including a two-year programme funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a two-year programme funded by Hivos and a teaching project in Suriname. At the end of 2014, together with colleagues from the Erasmus School of Law I was jointly awarded a five-year (2015-2020) matching grant from EUR, amounting to a combined institutional commitment of 1.6 million Euros.

  • 3105 Research Paper Preparation

    Title
    3105 Research Paper Preparation
    Year
    2019

    3201 Mixed Methods for S.D. Research

    Title
    3201 Mixed Methods for S.D. Research
    Year
    2019

    4153 Cont Perspectives on Social Justice

    Title
    4153 Cont Perspectives on Social Justice
    Year
    2019

    4216 Human Rights, Law and Society

    Title
    4216 Human Rights, Law and Society
    Year
    2019

    4240 Politics of Agrarian Transformation

    Title
    4240 Politics of Agrarian Transformation
    Year
    2019

    4270 Migration and Development

    Title
    4270 Migration and Development
    Year
    2019

    4352 Mobilizing Rights, Social Justice

    Title
    4352 Mobilizing Rights, Social Justice
    Year
    2019

    4353 Global Food Politics

    Title
    4353 Global Food Politics
    Year
    2019

    Board of Examiners

    Title
    Board of Examiners
    Year
    2019

    Master track MIG

    Title
    Master track MIG
    Year
    2019

    Major SJP

    Title
    Major SJP
    Year
    2019

    General Information

    Title
    General Information
    Year
    2019

    The Rule of Law in the Global Legal Cont

    Title
    The Rule of Law in the Global Legal Cont
    Year
    2019
    Year level
    (master)
  • Development and Change

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Law & Society Review

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    International Migration

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Africa Today

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Law and Social Inquiry. Journal of the American Bar Foundation

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Utrecht Law Review

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    Refuge : Canada's Periodical on Refugees

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    British Journal of Politics and International Relations

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    South African Journal of Human Rights

    Role
    Editor
    Start date approval
    Aug/2013

    Journal of Refugee Studies

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer

    South African Journal on Human Rights

    Role
    Editor in Chief
    Start date approval
    Feb/2017
    End date approval
    Feb/2019

    International Journal of Refugee Law

    Role
    Ad Hoc Reviewer
    Start date approval
    Jan/2019
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Human Rights and Development

    University
    Erasmus University
    School
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Department
    Academic Staff Unit
    Telephone
    0704260585
  • Wits School of Law, Johannesburg

    Role
    Honorary Research Fellow
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    Feb/2009
    End date approval
    Jan/2012

    3R Foundation (Netherlands)

    Additional Information
    Member of the Board from 2010
    Role
    Chair
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    Apr/2011
    End date approval
    Jul/2013

    Stichting Vredeswetenschappen

    Additional Information
    Dutch Foundation for Peace Sciences (Member of the Advisory Council)
    Role
    Lid van het Raad van Advies
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    Apr/2011

    Collaborative Research Network, Citizenship & Migration of the Law and Society Association

    Role
    Co-organiser
    Obtained Wage
    no
    End date approval
    Jun/2012

    Wits School of Law, Johannesburg

    Role
    Senior Research Fellow
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    Feb/2012

    Africa Studies Centre, University of Leiden

    Role
    Fellow
    Obtained Wage
    no
    Start date approval
    May/2012

    Utrecht Journal of International and European Law

    Additional Information
    http://www.utrechtjournal.org/
    Role
    Member of the Permanent Board of Referees 2014-15
    Start date approval
    May/2014
    End date approval
    May/2015

    Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten (NJCM)

    Role
    Member Advisory Board, Public Interest Litigation Project
    Start date approval
    Sep/2014

    Tadamun Foundation

    Additional Information
    Foundation registered in The Netherlands, with strong links to Defence for Children International.
    Role
    Board member
    Start date approval
    Apr/2015

    Princeton University, Department of Sociology

    Additional Information
    On sabbatical, conducting research on Legal Mobilization with Professor Kim Lane Scheppele.
    Role
    Departmental Guest Researcher
    Start date approval
    Mar/2017
    End date approval
    Jun/2017

    International Lawyers

    Role
    Member of the General Assembly
    Start date approval
    Jan/2020

Address

Visiting address

Kortenaerkade 12 2518 AX 's - Gravenhage

Postal address

Postbus 29776 2502 LT 's-Gravenhage