Suing the United Nations: is that possible?

Public international law (often known as the law of nations) is increasingly facing new issues as a result of continued globalization. Can an individual take the United Nations to court? How can states keep basic human rights in mind in international trade agreements? An online dossier has just launched to show how researchers from Leiden contribute to finding answers for these issues.

Historian cracks Queen Juliana’s unstable image in Hofmans affaire

Queen Juliana was not, as is often claimed, a monarch with an unstable character who was completely under the influence of spiritual healer Greet Hofmans. Furthermore, her religious circle of friends was not a sect with a political agenda. That is what Han van Bree concludes on the basis of a new archival study. Dissertation defence on 24 June.

The brain on alert

When focussing attention, the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and acetylcholine play an important role. This new finding made by psychologist Stephen Brown provides clues for further research on how focussed attention comes about. Dissertation defence on 16 June.