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The Hague Institute Participates in CYFY 2014: The India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance 

Senior Researcher Dr. Joris Larik, Panel on Norms for Cyberspace
24 Oct 2014  |  by Sash Jayawardane, Dr. Joris Larik and Mark Bailey


Members of The Hague Institute’s Global Governance team participated in the 2014 India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance (CYFY) from 15-17 October in New Delhi in connection with two key projects: the Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI) and the Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance. GGRI experts Dr. Patryk Pawlak and Mr. Jonah Force Hill, as well as Hague Institute staff members Dr. Richard Ponzio and Dr. Joris Larik contributed to panels on “Rethinking the Global Cyber Market” and “Norms of Cyberspace.”


Dr. Anja Mihr Discusses Transitional Justice at IAPSS Conference

21 Oct 2014  |  by Hague Institute Staff


On 20 October 2014, Dr. Anja Mihr, head of rule of law program, gave a keynote speech at the annual conference, International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) at the Radbound University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. Dr. Mihr talked about the role, impact and contribution that transitional justice measures can have in pre- and post-conflict societies such as Syria, Ukraine, Libya or Rwanda.


The Purpose of Europe

Council of the European Union


21 Oct 2014  |  by Dr. Joris Larik


The Hague Institute's Senior Researcher Dr. Joris Larik published an article in the latest issue of the renowned International & Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) (Vol. 63, Issue 4 (2014), pp. 935-962) entitled “From Speciality to a Constitutional Sense of Purpose: On the Changing Role of the Objectives of the European Union”. Dr. Larik argues that while the goals of the European Union (EU) have become increasingly varied and ambitious, they have lost their role of delimiting the powers of the Union. Unlike the “tasks” and “functions” of traditional international organizations, they have rather come to instill a broader sense of purpose in the European polity.


Armed Drones: the Need for an International, Interdisciplinary Dialogue

U.S. Air Force photo: Lt Col Leslie Pratt

20 Oct 2014  | by Marcella Mizzi and Elko Brummelman


At the request of the largest Dutch governing political party, Researcher Jill Coster van Voorhout briefed the Foreign Affairs Committee at the parliamentary premises on armed drones and international law. During this off-the-record meeting, she called for an international and interdisciplinary dialogue to achieve consensus about the use of armed drones that is compliant with international law, specifically international humanitarian law and its principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution.


Climate Justice: An Inclusive Human Rights Approach to Dealing with Climate Change

Hague Institute Photo
15 Oct 2014  | by Dr. Anja Mihr


Global climate change summits, climate change conferences, court decisions, civil society organizations (CSO’s) and action networks have never received so much coverage, attention and hope for change than in these days. There is an urge and a need to find local and multi-stakeholder based solutions to a global threat that affects all of us. One way of approaching this, is to address in depth the concept of climate justice. 


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