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10-12-2014: Etienne Ruvebana received the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2014

Intersentia is proud to announce that Etienne Ruvebana was awarded  the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2014 for his book Prevention of Genocide under International Law. An analysis of the obligations of states and the United Nations to prevent genocide at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.


10-12-2014: US Senate Committee condemns CIA’s post-9/11 practices as illegal and ineffective

Yesterday – 9 December – the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a summary of its Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program following the 9/11 attacks.

After investigation of more than 6 million documents the Committee concludes that the CIA’s interrogation methods were brutal and illegal and that the agency misrepresented its actions to the White House, the Justice Department, Congress and the American people. Moreover, the Committee states that the methods were ineffective in obtaining reliable information and preventing further acts of terrorism.

In a reaction, President Obama stated that he was troubled by the program and that the report shows that ‘some of the actions that were taken were contrary to our values.’ He furthermore added that the CIA’s methods significantly damaged ‘America’s standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners’.

In 2010 Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni had already come to the same conclusion as the Senate Committee. He detailed the way in which American governmental institutions bypassed international law in order to allow the creation of a policy that allowed torture in his book The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration. Is Anyone Responsible?

Professor Bassiouni  furthermore argued that those responsible should be held accountable and demonstrated that a basis for accountability exists under the US Constitution, US criminal law and international law.

His arguments are shared by other such as UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson who issued a statement arguing that the US is obliged under international law to bring those responsible to justice.  Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth also shares professor Bassiouni’s  opinion saying that ‘unless this important truth-telling process leads to prosecution of officials, torture will remain a policy option for future presidents’.


2-12-2014: 2014 FISS/Intersentia Best Paper Prize

The paper Towards Cross-Country Comparable Reference Budgets in Europe: First Results of a Concerted Effort, co-authored by Tim Goedemé, Berenice Sorm, Sara Stockman, Tess Penne and Karel van den Bosch has been awarded the FISS/Intersentia Best Paper Prize for 2014.

The paper which was presented during this year’s FISS conference in Sigtuna will be published in one of the next issues of the European Journal of Social Security.

For more information about the journal, please click here.

19-11-2014: Bankruptcy of Swets and Story Scientia

Many of our customers will already be aware of recent developments with Swets & Zeitlinger Group B.V. (Swets) and Story Scientia. It is our highest priority to provide a smooth renewal process for our journal and series subscriptions and ensure continued, uninterrupted delivery and access to our content. If your subscription is administered by one of these suppliers, please contact Intersentia to guarantee the continuity of your subscriptions. You can e-mail us at




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