Peter Singer Public Ethics Talk on 19th June at Wijnhaven!

On 19 June from 16.00 to 17.30 the Centre for Public Values & Ethics, in collaboration with ISGA, LUC and the FGGA Graduate School, will host prof. Peter Singer as part of the Public Ethics Talks series. We are very proud to welcome prof. Singer to The Hague, as he is without a doubt one of the most well-known and prolific philosophers of our time. You are all hereby warmly invited! Please save the date and we hope to see you there! Having such a renowned philosopher and scholar speak here in The Hague, offers an opportunity that should – in our view – not be missed!

About the talk: Utilitarianism
Peter Singer’s work revolves around Ethics under the utilitarian approach. In this upcoming Public Ethics Talk, he will discuss Utilitarianism, which is the view that we ought to do what will have the best consequences for all affected by our acts, where “best consequences” is understood as meaning the greatest surplus of happiness over suffering. He will connect this to some of today’s most pressing concerns. In a world in which there are more than a billion affluent people and approximately 800 million living in extreme poverty, utilitarianism implies: (1) the affluent ought to use a substantial part of their resources to improve the lives of people in extreme poverty; and (2) the affluent ought to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions so as to reduce the risk of causing harm to others.

About Peter Singer
Prof. Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. He is also the founder and board chair of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit organization that fights extreme poverty. He became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation (1975). Singer was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012. He has published many books and articles, held numerous positions at research centres and institutions, as well as numerous academic positions in many universities, amongst which Cambridge, and New York University. He has received many distinctions, awards and distinguished lectureships.

Masterclass on the EU’s medium-term budget with Commissioner Oettinger

  • When: Thursday 18 January from 11.00-12.30 (including a simple lunch). The room is open from 10.30 hrs. There will be no “Leids kwartiertje”. Participation is free.
  • Where: Building De Wijnhaven of Leiden University, room 3.16.
  • How to sign up: please send an email to There is space for 30 participants maximum, on the basis of ‘first come, first served’.

The European Commission is preparing the next multiannual budget framework of the EU (2021-2027). The framework constrains the annual budgets of the Union in that period. This has implications for the adoption of new policies, especially when existing commitments already absorb a part of these resources.
Commissioner Oettinger indicates in a recent blogpost that the “starting point in this debate is that the budget is not an end in itself. It helps us implementing what we want to do. This is why the debate must start with the question how Europe should look like in 2025 or 2030. To help identifying these priorities, I propose a simple test: Does this policy, this instrument provide an EU added value?”
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Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine | 22 February

Until the 1980s, famine killed ten million people every decade, but by early 2000s mass starvation had all but disappeared. Today, famines
are resurgent, driven by war, blockade, hostility to humanitarian principles and a volatile global economy.

DATE: Thursday, 22 February 2018
TIME: Book Signing and Sales from 17:30pm; Panelist Discussion Commences 18:00 – 19:30pm
LOCATION: Leiden University, Spanish Steps, The Hague Campus, Turfmarkt 99, 251 DP The Hague
PANELISTS: Alex de Waal, Wayne Jordash QC, Catriona Murdoch, and a Fourth Speaker TBA Signed editions of Mass Starvation will be available for sale

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Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

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20-12 Sweden and the Netherlands in the UN Security Council – areas of cooperation

The United Nations Association of Sweden (UNA Sweden) and the Netherlands Association for the United Nations (NVVN), in cooperation with UGlobe, the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges, and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School, invite you to a conference in The Hague. The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of occupying a seat, by Sweden and the Netherlands, in the United Nations Security Council in 2018. What are and should be the countries’ priorities? What are the possibilities for cooperation? What difference can the countries make as elected members?

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Antonio Morone (Pavia), Sub-Saharan migrants in contemporary Libya: containment policies and international relations (With LIMS). Discussant Marlou Schrover (History, Leiden).

11 December 2017, 3.30-5 pm,  Huizinga Building, Conference Room 2.60

Over the past three decades Libya has been a ‘laboratory’ for the European and especially Italian migration policies. The 1990s have been characterized by two conflicting tendencies in Libya: on the one hand, the policies of the Qadhafi regime characterized by an open-door policy towards the influx of low-cost labor from sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab countries; on the other hand, the containment policies put in place by Italy to halt illegal migratory flows through the Mediterranean Sea, which were however an infinitely small proportion of the total number of migrants in Libya. Italian-Libyan bilateral relations were thus heavily characterized by the restrictions Libya imposed over the migratory flows, which Italy exchanged with its commitment to support the end of the international embargo on Libya and its readmission to the international community. With the collapse of the regime in 2011 and the beginning of the civil war, a new phase opened up in which the very distinction between legal and illegal migrants has progressively lost meaning, inasmuch as the weakness, if not the actual disintegration of Libyan institutions, has led informality to prevail over the rule of law. Italy and, increasingly, the rest of Europe have continued to exert a series of direct and indirect pressures on the new Libyan authorities, with the aim of reaffirming the policies of migratory containment, but political instability and the persistence of conflict have strongly compromised the effectiveness of this attempt, urging rather a further externalization of containment policies (and European borders) to other African countries to the south of Libya, from which migrants leave or transit. The presentation aims at analyzing the policies of containment, detainment and deportation of sub-Saharan migrants in the framework of international relations between Italy and Libya. Specific attention is devoted to discuss the role of the colonial and postcolonial history in the bargaining between Italy and Libya on the migration issue.

Antonio M. Morone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pavia University, Italy, where he teaches Colonial and Postcolonial African History. His publications are related mainly to the contemporary history of Somalia and Libya. He was recently visiting scholar at the University of al Manar, Tunisia, and the University of Tripoli, Libya.

If you would like to attend the seminars or to be added to our mailinglist please send an email to

Thank you very much and looking forward to see you there!

Workshop on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Dear Student,
The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of the University of Amsterdam invites you to take part in an intensive workshop on negotiation and conflict resolution from 10-17 January 2018 (excluding Saturday and Sunday). The Workshop combines skill building with the development of analytic skills in a ‘hands-on’ format following what is sometimes called the ‘Harvard method’ of negotiation.
The Workshop will be taught by David Laws of the University of Amsterdam and John Forester of Cornell University together with various guest lecturers.
Please note: Only a limited number of places are open to students from outside the GSSS. Registration deadline is 10 December 2017.

For more information and enrolment, please visit our website:

Kind regards,

Universiteit van Amsterdam
Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS)

Van Slingelandtlezing op 12 oktober in de Eerste Kamer der Staten- Generaal te Den Haag

Op donderdag 12 oktober 2017 om 16.30 uur organiseert de Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde de jaarlijkse Van Slingelandtlezing in de Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal te Den Haag.

 De Van Slingelandtlezing wordt verzorgd door een prominent denker en/of practitioner op het terrein van het openbaar bestuur, dit jaar door (demissionair) minister dr. Jet Bussemaker.

 ‘Emancipatie is geen stok om mee te slaan’.

 Het co-referaat wordt verzorgd door prof.dr. Marieke van den Brink.

 Uitgebreide informatie treft u aan op de website, 

Aanmelden voor de lezing kan via:


De macht van de meritocraten- Symposium en presentatie van twee nieuwe boeken

Op maandag 3 juli is de feestelijke presentatie van twee nieuwe internationale boeken over de opmars van hoog opgeleide professionals in de wereld van politiek en bestuur.

Tijdens het symposium zullen beide boeken worden gepresenteerd. Vervolgens zullen enkele politieke experts ingaan op vragen als: Hoe erg is deze toenemende meritocratisering van de politiek eigenlijk? Hoe groot is het gevaar van scheve politieke agenda’s, en van een overheid waar grote delen van de bevolking zich niet mee kan identificeren? En hoe moet de democratie opnieuw worden terug gewonnen op de technocratie?

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