CS Ubuntu Newsletter March 2015
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CS Ubuntu Newsletter March 2015

In this Newsletter, please find:
  • an update from the Board
  • Save the Dates for the CS Ubuntu events for February
  • A calendar with events that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
  • An interview with Lieke... who joined the ICC excursion last month
  • Some food for thought if you want to continue reading
  • A heads up on the next April
Enjoy the read!

Wieke, Leonie, Olivier
CS Ubuntu Activities
March:                    Sign-up excursion ICTY
9 March:                 Bosnia Lecture 1
16 March::              Bosnia Lecure 2
25 March:               Cartoon Wars Lecture

26 March:               Master class Sir Geoffrey Nice
2 April:                     Excursion ICTY
Other activities
March - May:          Movies that Matter
4 - 11 March:          Ragweek
3 March:                  Lezing: vrouwen in

3 March:                  Symposium on Terrorism
7 March:                  Master's Open Day Nijmegen
25 March:                Lecture Javier O. Couso
Update from the Board
It was a happy month at CS Ubuntu! Not only did we welcome a few new members at the start of block 3
, but we also got confirmation that we are eligible for getting a ‘room of our own’ – to be shared with other study 
associations - at Drift 21 from the Summer of 2015 onwards. Yayy! We spend a lovely night ‘pubcrawling’ the Utrecht city centre at the Lecturers Committee’s exciting event ‘Meet the Lecturers’. Thanks a lot to all participants and our wonderful lecturers from the Centre for Conflict Studies Luuk Slooter, Lauren Gould and Nora van der Stel! 

We also hosted our second General Assembly of the season, where we discussed, amongst other things, membership issues and the procedure for finding ourselves a new Board for next year’s term June 2015 – June 2016. Meeting minutes will be in your inbox soon and the call for new Board members will come out in May, so please keep an eye on that and feel free to already let us know if you are interested. Lastly, February was also the month that members could sign up for our field trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina in April and we look forward going there with a nice bunch of people, including our lecturer Lauren Gould.

From 4 to 11 March, it is Ragweek in the city of Utrecht: a week full of fundraising events for the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the Wilko Gambia Foundation by individual students and student and study associations. As we say in Dutch, your Board ‘trok de stoute schoenen aan’ and posed for the Sexy Board Calendar as put together by 12 Utrecht University study associations, predominantly from the Humanities Faculty. The result of our photo shoot is quite classy indeed and can be found at the May month of the calendar. We ordered a few copies of this collector’s item, for all of our members to buy and support the Ragweek’s objectives. If you’re interested to find out what Olivier looks like without a T-shirt, please send an e-mail to, so we can arrange a selling setting. Calendars are only €5,- and will be sold to support the projects mentioned previously. Here's a preview (we didn't pick this one for the calendar):

Current affairs in the world continue to show us why it is relevant to be knowledgeable about the concepts we work with in the field of Conflict Studies. Our Committees have many interesting events planned for this second semester to do some more knowledge-sharing, capacity building and career orientation on conflict studies and human rights as a discourse to deal with that. To all of our members out there, please keep up the studies and the hard work at CS Ubuntu! 

Save the Date: upcoming CS Ubuntu events
9 March, 7:15 - 9:00 PM, Bosnia Lecture 1: Introduction Bosnia-Hercegovina, Drift 23, 020
To prepare well for the fieldtrip to Bosnia-Hercegovina (and for all other interested), CS Ubuntu organizes multiple lectures and activities on Bosnia-Hercegovina's history, conflict and its modern society. During the first of these series Dion van de Berg, who works for PAX and who has visited Bosnia-Hercegovina regularly, will give a lecture about the country's conflict and its dynamics and aftermath. Very interesting and a good opportunity to get to know a better understanding of the country, its history and its modern society.
16 March, 7:15 - 9:00 PM, Bosnia Lecture 2: A Bosnian refugee's life, Drift 23, 020
In order to follow up on Dion van de Berg's lecture on the conflict in Bosnia-Hercegovina, there is another lecture on 16 March. (All interested who have not been present at Dion's lecture are welcome as well). On this evening Madris Duric and Nerko Hadziaropovic, two Bosnian refugees, will lecture on their lives in Bosnia-Hercegovina before, during and after the war. They will set forth how their flee from the country elapsed, how they feel about living in the Netherlands, and how do they think about modern Bosnia-Hercegovina.
25 March, 7:15 PM, Cartoon Wars Lecture, [location to be announced]
A lot of lectures this month! CS Ubuntu's Lectures Committee organizes a lecture on Cartoon Wars and freedom of expression. More information is too be announced soon, so keep an eye on our Facebookgroup!
26 March, 3:30 PM, Bosnia Activity 1: Masterclass Sir Geoffrey Nice on Criminal Law and International Justice, Filmhuis, Spui 191, The Hague
Movies that Matter invites professionals and students of law, international relations and social sciences to participate in Sir Geoffrey Nice's master class about criminal law and international justice. At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Sir Geoffrey Nice led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević. On the basis of film fragments Sir Geoffrey Nice will look back at his time at the ICTY. He will also speak about obtaining legal evidence in conflict situations, the value of the term genocide and the future of international criminal law. The  master class will be moderated by criminologist Dr. Frederiek de Vlaming, researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.

The event fits perfectly in our preparation for the Bosnia Fieldtrip - especially since we are visiting the ICTY one week later! It starts at 3.30 pm. Entrance is free.
We plan on going there together. If you are interested in joining the master class, please send an email to

Announcement: 02 April, 10:00 AM, Bosnia Activity 2: Excursion International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague
The Study Trip Committee organizes an excursion to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. The tribunal prosecutes the major war criminals of the Balkan Wars that waged there in the '90s. The visit lasts for approximately two and a half hours and consists out of a general presentation by an ICTY representative and attending the hearing of either Karadizc or Mladic. 

If you want to join, please sign up by sending an email with your full name and your ID-number before March 22 to

Other Activities that might be of interest to CS Ubuntu members
March - May, Movies that Matter
Movies that Matter, an Amnesty International, raises awareness for human rights through movies. In the next months, Movies that Matter tours through the Netherlands and screens some very interesting movies and documentaries. Click here for more information about the movies and locations.

3 March, 7:45 PM, Lezing: vrouwen in conflictgebieden, Instituto Cervantes, Domplein 3
For Dutchies. Wereldwijd wordt één op de vijf vrouwen seksueel misbruikt in haar leven. In conflictgebieden zijn vrouwen extra kwetsbaar, omdat verkrachting in veel conflicten als oorlogswapen wordt ingezet. Het Rode Kruis noemt dit ‘de stille ramp’. Toch is er de laatste jaren steeds meer aandacht voor dit thema: in het jaar 2000 werd de bekende VN Resolutie 1325 over vrouwen, vrede en veiligheid unaniem aangenomen en acties als Serious Request 2014 steunen meisjes en vrouwen die slachtoffer zijn van seksueel geweld in conflictgebieden. Toch is dit slechts één kant van het verhaal: vrouwen kunnen namelijk zeer belangrijke rollen spelen bij gewapend conflict, en optreden als dader of slachtoffer, fighter of peacekeeper. Deze lezing van SIB-Utrecht belicht zowel de kwetsbaarheid als de weerbaarheid van vrouwen in conflictsituaties. Klik hier voor meer informatie.

Locatie: Instituto Cervantes, Domplein 3. Begin: 19:45.
De dinsdagavondprogramma's bij SIB-Utrecht zijn openbaar en de toegang is gratis.

3 March, 9:00 AM, Symposium: What is wrong with Terrorism?, Raadszaal, Achter Sint-Pieter 200
For Dutchies. 11 september 2011… het beeld van twee vliegtuigen die zich in het World Trade Center boren staat waarschijnlijk nog op ieders netvlies gebrand. Sindsdien lijkt de wereld in de greep van terrorisme. Maar wat is terrorisme eigenlijk, wat spoort terroristen aan tot hun acties en wat voor doel hebben zij voor ogen? Om deze vragen te beantwoorden is het van belang terrorisme in een historisch perspectief te plaatsen. Dit is precies waar de SymCo dit jaar met haar jaarlijks symposium aandacht aan besteedt. In dit symposium zullen vier ‘golven’ van terrorisme worden besproken: de anarchistische golf, de golf van dekolonisatie en nationalisme, de golf van links terrorisme en de golf van religieus terrorisme.

Locatie: Raadszaal, Achter Sint-Pieter 200. Begin: 09:00. 
Kosten: €5,- inclusief koffie, thee, lunch en het symposium-nummer van Aanzet. Kaartjes moeten vantevoren worden gekocht. Meer informatie vind je op Facebook

7 March, Master's Open Day Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Are you thinking about doing a master at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen? But you do not know which one yet? The next-scheduled Master's Open Day takes place on 7 March 2015. During this day you can attend different information sessions, and furthermore you have the possibility to speak with lecturers, students and alumni. You can sign up for the Master's Open Day here.
25 March, 4:30 - 5:30 PM, Chilean lawyer Jacier Couso, Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal
Professor Javier A. Couso, professor and director of the Constitutional Law programme at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity as from 1 September 2014. Couso is a specialist in the field of sociology of law and comparative law, with a focus on constitutional issues in Latin American countries including Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. His areas of interest include judicial independence and human rights. His research, spanning various disciplines, including law, political science, sociology and history, provides insights into what are often difficult transition processes.

On 25 March he gives a lecture as part of the UCIS lecture series entitled The road less traveled: Historical challenges for the consolidation of constitutionalism and the rule of law in Latin America. Please send an email to if you want to join this lecture.

Member of the Month: Lieke van der Loo
Lieke is one of our newest members and joined the excursion to the International Criminal Court last 
January. We were curious about her experiences and her thoughts about CS Ubuntu.

1. How did you end up at CS Ubuntu?
I became a member of CS Ubuntu just recently, although I had heard about CS Ubuntu before. I started the minor in Conflict Studies in September 2013, but because I knew that I would study abroad that year, I decided to join CS Ubuntu later. Now I am taking the last Conflict Studies course I need to finish the minor.

2. Last month you have attended the Activities Committee's excursion to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Binnenhof. What did you think of it?
First of all, it was really nice to spend a whole day together with people with the same interests and study focus. It was nice to get to know each other and to talk about each other’s background and future perspectives. Secondly, it was a cool experience to see the ICC and the Binnenhof from the inside. At both places we had great guides who could tell us a lot of background information. 

3. For your study you have been to Taiwan. Could you elaborate on it a little bit? Do you recommend others to go abroad for their study/internship?
I’ve studied for one semester at the National Taiwan University: the time of my life! I have always been interested in the Asian region, and to live there has increased my interest even more. In Taiwan you can find a fantastic mixture between traditional culture and a hypermodern society. It surprised me how fast Taiwan felt as home to me. Next year I hope I’ll be able to go back and to cycle from the North coast to the South coast.
For all students: if you have the possibility to go abroad, go! You might have to step out of your comfort zone, but an unforgettable experience is guaranteed.

4. What's the best career advice that you ever got?
It might sound weird, but the best career advice I have ever got is to be not to be ambitious in the way that you strive towards one single goal without being aware of all the chances underway. For sure it is good to be driven and motivated, but try to open up for spontaneous chances. 

Food for Thought
The Spy Cables: A Glimpse into the world of espionage
A digital leak to Al Jazeera of hundreds of secret intelligence documents from the world's spy agencies has offered an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage. Over the coming days, Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit is publishing The Spy Cables, in collaboration with The Guardian newspaper. Read more...

Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings
Nearly 1000 "honor" killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed "shameful," such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi lost a close friend to the practice, she resolved to campaign against it. Yet she met resistance from an unlikely source: the very community she hoped to protect. In this powerful, honest talk, Brohi shares how she took a hard look at her own process, and offers sharp insights for other passionate activists.

Mandela's cloudy Rainbow Nation
Every now and than xenophobic violence surfaces in South Africa, which victimizes thousands of (illegal) migrants. Check out this article which shows that Mandela's Rainbow Nation is not the rainbow nation he would have wanted it to be.

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