Jeff Handmaker

Jeff Handmaker joined the ISS in February 2007. He studied law in England (1992: LLB-Newcastle and 1994: LLM, with Merit, School of Oriental and African Studies, London) and was called to the English bar in 1995. He 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 (2009).
From the early 1990s, off and on until early 2000, he worked for the South African organisation Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), and for seven years after that as a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher, based in The Hague. He has trained government officials, police officers, military personnel, lawyers, NGOs and journalists and has advised governments, the United Nations and civil society organisations in the development sector, with particular experience in West and Southern Africa and Palestine. Since 1999, he has published scholarly work, in academic and other journals, as well as four books and one special issue of the South African Journal of Human Rights.

Member since 2004 of the Law and Society Association, member of the Publications Committee since 2011 and joint coordinator since 2007 of the Collaborative Research Network on Citizenship and Immigration – Member since 2004 of the Dutch-Flemish Socio-Legal Studies Association (VSR)
Board Member since 2009 and Chair since April 2011 of the Dutch 3R Foundation “Respect for Refugee Rights” – Member since 2010 of the Advisory Council of the Netherlands Foundation for Peace Sciences.
Former member of the Human Rights Advisory Board (College van Advies) for the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS), Netherlands (2004-2009) 

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International Institute of Social Studies
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