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The Handbook of Human Rights

28 Jul 2014  Dr. Anja Mihr, Head of the Rule of Law Program at The Hague Institute, together with Mark Gibney, professor at the University of North Carolina, co-edited The Handbook of Human Rights , published in July 2014 by SAGE. 

Facts First: The MH17 Tragedy, Fact-Finding and Accountability

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

23 Jul 2014  |  By Jill Coster van Voorhout


Amidst many attempts to cast blame pending proper fact-finding, the Dutch government has wisely directed its political and diplomatic efforts towards the establishment of an independent investigation into the downing of the civilian plane MH17. 


Will EU Member States Reach a Common Position on Possible Sanctions on Russia after MH17’s Crash?

Photo: Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty Images
22 Jul 2014  | By Agnese Macaluso


After Malaysian Airlines MH17’s passenger jet crashed  last Thursday, allegedly hit by a Russian-supplied missile fired by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, EU foreign ministers convened today in Brussels to discuss the imposition of further sanctions on Russia. The response of the Netherlands, which lost 193 people in the incident, is expected to be crucial although the decisions by the UK, France and Germany will shape the final EU position.


The Gulags of our Times

21 Jul 2014  On Friday, 18 July Dr. Anja Mihr, head of Rule of Law at The Hague Institute participated in a conference and panel discussion exploring the history and role of mass prison camps, Gulags. The scientific conference in Schwerin, Germany marked the opening of the international exhibit, Gulags: Traces and Testimonies (1929-1956). The exhibit is supported by the German Federal Commission for the Stasi Records.

Finishing the Job in the Balkans

18 Jul 2014  | By Gabriella Zoia


EU membership of the Western Balkan countries is inevitable. Question is when rather than if. That was one of the conclusions of the panel discussion on “Finishing the Job in the Balkans”, hosted by The Hague Institute for Global Justice on 16 July. Distinguished Fellow, Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov moderated the talk on the state of affairs in the Balkans from the perspectives of the United States, Europe, the Netherlands, and the region. 



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