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Dr David James Cantor awarded UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service grant to investigate the application of international reparation principles to refugees and international protection practices

Thursday 3 February 2011
School of Advanced Study
Date released: 03 February 2011 Dr David Cantor , of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies , has been awarded a UNHCR Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) small grant for his project entitled “Colombia and the reparation of refugees: How should reparation be made to victims who cannot return to their country?”

State of the Union: The rise of 'we'

Tuesday 1 February 2011
Institute of Latin American Studies
Prepared with the help of Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, a commentary is available on the BBC news website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12266198 on words that prominently feature in every US presidential State of the Union message. As President Barack Obama prepares to address Congress, here is an analysis of the ups and downs of the 10 nouns and adjectives (and one pronoun) used most often since 1790. The most commonly used words are "the" and "of", followed by "to", "and", "in", "a" and "that"- and so on.

Institute of Philosophy awarded JISC grant to develop PhilEvents - a searchable worldwide calendar of philosophy events

Tuesday 25 January 2011
School of Advanced Study
Dr David Bourget of the Institute of Philosophy has been awarded a JISC grant of £79k to develop PhilEvents, a worldwide calendar of philosophy events searchable by region, topic and person. This project will be funded as part of the geo-spatial strand of JISC's Infrastructure for Education and Research Programme. David Bourget is already known for his work on the hugely successful and also JISC-funded PhilPapers .

HRC now on Twitter

Tuesday 18 January 2011
Human Rights Consortium
The Human Rights Consortium is now on Twitter. If you wish to keep in touch with its activities, follow us here: http://twitter.com/HRC_News

United States Presidency Centre UK Survey of US Presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt is first; George W. Bush in bottom ten; Barack Obama highly rated

Monday 17 January 2011
School of Advanced Study
(London, January 17, 2011) – The United States Presidency Centre [USPC] of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study) has conducted the first ever UK scholarly survey of US presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush, with an interim assessment of Barack Obama.

Dr Fredrik Thomasson : Justifying and Criticizing the Removals of Antiquities in Ottoman Lands: Tracking the Sigeion Inscription

Friday 14 January 2011
School of Advanced Study
London Debates 2009 continues to be productive. Dr Fredrik Thomasson (Uppsala University), who was one of the contributors to the Debates, ‘What role do museums play in the globalisation of culture?’, recently published an article that resulted from his paper Justifying and Criticizing the Removals of Antiquities in Ottoman Lands: Tracking the Sigeion Inscription (or available here ) in which he attempts to address some of the issues lacking in the restitution/museum polemics debate. For more information on the London Debates Scheme

Human Rights and Media: Film Showing and Conversation with Mick Csaky - 20th January

Friday 14 January 2011
Human Rights Consortium
Excellent opportunity to discuss human rights and filmmaking with the renowned writer and director Mick Csaky. The films will be followed by a conversation with Mick. For further information on Mick and his work see: http://www.antelope.co.uk/company/mick.html 'Human Rights and Media: Film Showing and Conversation with Mick Csaky" 20 January 2011, 17:30 - 20:00 Description: 5-minute film (about the work of B'TSELEM) and a 104-minute film (about the massacre of Srebrenica called A CRY FROM THE GRAVE), followed by a discussion

Results of first UK Scholars’ Survey of US Presidents: George Washington to Barack Obama to be released 17 January 2011

Monday 10 January 2011
School of Advanced Study
The United States Presidency Centre (USPC) of the Institute for the Study of the Americas has conducted the first ever UK scholars’ survey of US presidential performance. The survey findings will be posted on the USPC website ( www.americas.sas.ac.uk/research/USPC.html ) on January 17, 2011 from 5pm, just before President Obama starts his third year in office.

Late Justice in South America Conference Report

Monday 13 December 2010
Human Rights Consortium
The conference was held on 21 October 2010 to discuss and analyse the causes, consequences and significance of recent national prosecutions for past human rights crimes in Latin America. The conference was organised by the Human Rights Consortium and Institute for the Study of the Americas, in association with the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Unit. This report gives an overview of the conference themes and discussion.

Dr David James Cantor trains newly-created Colombian prosecutors’ unit on forced displacement

Wednesday 8 December 2010
School of Advanced Study
Three to five million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of the armed conflict and associated violence in Colombia. In 2000, ‘forcible displacement’ was made a crime that attracts sanctions such as a prison term of 8 to 18 years. Despite this, prosecutions for ‘forcible displacement’ have been scarce and convictions remain in single figures.

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