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New PRIO Policy Brief – Colombia as a Case for Rights-Based Approaches

December 21, 2017

Given the transient nature of humanitarian assistance, durable solutions for forced displacement and exit strategies for humanitarian actors require careful engagement with a host state. This highlights a central challenge for the humanitarian sector: how to relate to states? Drawing on a case study of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s use of rights-based approaches (RBA) in […]

Call for Papers: Oslo Migration Conference 2018

October 30, 2017

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Migration: Vulnerability, Protection, and Agency, to be held in Oslo 24-25 May 2018, has just announced its call for papers, due 15 December. Under the auspices of the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, the conference is organized by the research group on International Law and Governance in collaboration with the research […]

Sandvik, Jacobsen and McDonald publish new article in International Review of the Red Cross

October 25, 2017

In their newly published article Do no harm: A taxonomy of the challenges of humanitarian experimentation in the International Review of the Red Cross, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO), Katja Lindskov Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen) and Sean Martin McDonald (FrontlineSMS) explore the notion of ‘humanitarian experimentation’. Whether through innovation or uncertain contexts, managing risk is a core component […]

Sandvik moderates ‘Aleppo: The Fall’ panel

October 18, 2017

On 14 October, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) moderated the panel ‘Aleppo: The Fall‘  hosted by SPACE: Syrian Peace Action Centre at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. In 2016, one of the worst human tragedies took place in Aleppo. After a few months of siege and indiscriminate shelling, tens of thousands of people were evicted from the city. Beyond […]

Lemaitre publishes new article in Third World Quarterly

October 5, 2017

In her newly published article Humanitarian aid and host state capacity: the challenges of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia in Third World Quarterly, Julieta Lemaitre (Universidad de Los Andes) investigates how humanitarian actors can operate within a host state with significant subnational variations in willingness and capacity to meet obligations. This is an issue of pressing importance, given […]

Jumbert discussed the situation in Libya on Ekko radio program

October 4, 2017

In light of new reports from MSF on the dire situation in migration detention centres in Libya, Karine Nordstrand (president, MSF Norway) and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO) were interviewed about the situation in Libya, the EU’s policies to fund and train Libyan coast guards, and the general trends in the number of migrants and refugees seeking […]

Sandvik publishes new article in Journal of International Humanitarian Action

September 26, 2017

In her newly published article Now is the time to deliver: looking for humanitarian innovation’s theory of change in the Journal of International Humanitarian Action, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) offers a critical analysis of the making of the humanitarian innovation agenda, the rapid institutionalization of the field, and the everyday practices of humanitarian innovation.  Since the publication of the […]

Successful final workshop and conference of the BraGS project

September 4, 2017

On 28 – 29 August, researchers of the Brazil’s Rise to the Global Stage (BraGS) project gathered at PRIO to disseminate research findings from the project. The project sought to understand the drivers behind Brazilian humanitarian action and participation in peacekeeping and peacebuilding activities. As a new player in the field of humanitarian assistance, Brazil […]

NCHS represented at the 2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation

August 29, 2017

The 2017 Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation, organized by the Centre on Law & Social Transformation, was held 21-25 August at the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development. The event endeavors to be a meeting place for scholars and practitioners who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change and how it […]

Jumbert comments on humanitarian rescues in the Mediterranean in Aftenposten

July 13, 2017

On 13 July, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert (PRIO) was quoted in the Norwegian Aftenposten in an article discussing a group who monitors and disrupts humanitarian organizations carrying out rescue work in the Mediterranean. Jumbert noted that rescue work does not necessarily make more people travel across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Europe, and highlighted the illegal nature […]

Knudsen and Høigilt write about Norwegian foreign aid to Palestine in VG

On 7 July, Are Knudsen (CMI) and Jacob Høigilt (PRIO) published a piece in the Norwegian VG, discussing some of their research from the Aid in Crisis? project. In evaluating Norwegian foreign aid to Palestine, Knudsen and Høigilt outline the explicit political goals: supporting the peace process, building a Palestinian state, and contributing to a two-state […]

NCHS represented at the Law and Society 2017 International Meeting in Mexico City

June 25, 2017

The Law and Society Association held their annual international meeting in Mexico City on 20-23 June. The theme of the 2017 conference was ‘Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World‘. Three NCHS researchers presented their work: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO): ‘Humanitarianism as Sociology of Law: An Inventory’, during the ‘Peace, Conflict, […]

Cellini presents at the Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference

June 9, 2017

The Second Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative was held 5-7 June at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The overall theme was ‘Mass Influx? Law, Policy and Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants‘. With the current political focus on large-scale movements, there is renewed interest in better understanding and developing humanitarian […]

Sandvik and Lemaitre publish new article in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development

June 5, 2017

In their newly published article Finding the Roads to Justice? Examining Trajectories of Transition for Internally Displaced Women in Colombia in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) and Julieta Lemaitre (Universidad de Los Andes) offer an account of the relevance and impact of transitional justice for internally displaced people and displaced […]

Sandvik and Raymond publish new article developing a theory of harm for ICTs in mass atrocity response

June 3, 2017

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO/UiO) and Nathaniel A. Raymond (Harvard) just published the article Beyond the Protective Effect: Towards a Theory of Harm for Information Communication Technologies in Mass Atrocity Response in Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal. Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are now being employed as a standard part of mass atrocity response, evidence collection, and […]