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The Water Diplomacy Team: Solving Conflicts around the World

31 Mar 2015  Regional conflicts related to water distribution threaten stability around the world. In response to this potential source of friction, the Conflict Prevention Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice has prioritized water diplomacy as a core theme. Continue reading to learn more about the team's research and field work in The Hague and around the globe.

Fighting Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes

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27 Mar 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


Sexual and gender-based crimes (SGBC), such as rape, sexual enslavement, systematic detention, forced “marriages,” torture, persecution, and human trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation, victimize women, men, girls and boys alike, often with lasting consequences for individuals and communities. While significant progress has been made in addressing these crimes in the international legal and policy arenas, much remains to be done.


Mediation in the Israeli-Palestinian Water Conflict

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26 Mar 2015  |  by Dr. Patrick Huntjens


On 19 March 2015, Dr. Huntjens provided a full-day lecture entitled “Mediation in the Israeli-Palestinian Water Conflict: From zero-sum to mutual gains at multiple levels”, as part of UNESCO-IHE’s Master Course on Mediation for Water Conflict Management. He drew on his deep involvement in two case-studies, where he acted as an independent, external mediator. In his interactive lecture, Dr. Huntjens relied on both individual cognitive mapping and group model building, as important methods for multi-party problem solving.


Engaging Civil Society: The Way to Reforming the Global Order?

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24 Mar 2015  |  by Petya Yankova


“We are suddenly living again in a world of disorder”, observed Lord Mark Malloch-Brown at the outset of his talk in The Hague Institute yesterday. Despite new opportunities for UN action following the end of the Cold War, the world is just as divided today as it was before 1989.  “The international community is more profoundly broken than we want to acknowledge”, he asserted.


Report Release: The Political Economy of Water Conflicts in Yemen

19 Mar 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


Yemenis are amongst those populations with the lowest water availability per capita in the world, an acute water crisis looms over the country. The scarcity of this resource is an immediate threat to stability and human security. To tackle the root of this problem, The Hague Institute published the report "The political economy of water conflicts in Yemen" at a high-level roundtable in the capital Sana’a, in November 2014. This report is now available for download.


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