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Prospect Magazine Announces Finalists for European Think Tank of the Year

16 Jul 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Erwin Tuil


The Hague -- The Hague Institute for Global Justice has been nominated by Prospect Magazine as a finalist for European Think Tank of the Year.

 

Bestowed annually in London, the award celebrates activities and achievements by policy and research-focused organizations around the globe.

 

"At such an early stage in the Institute’s development, to be nominated for such a prestigious award is already a welcome recognition of our collective commitment to building a world-class think and do tank," said Hague Institute President Dr. Abiodun Williams.

 

The Prospect Think Tank of the Year Awards were founded in 2001. Other nominees for this year's European Think Tank include Carnegie Europe, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Open Europe. Winners will be announced on 16 July 2014.

 

Established in 2011 by the city of The Hague, key Hague-based organizations and with support from the Dutch government, The Hague Institute for Global Justice works on issues related to Conflict Prevention, Rule of Law and Global Governance. The Institute provides policy-oriented research, convenes events with key practitioners and decision makers and provide cutting-edge trainings.

 

Learn more about the Think Tank Awards for 2014.

 

A Warm Welcome to Our Fellows

Kick-off for a unique Transitional Justice Fellowship, being held in the Heart of The Hague

06 Jun 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Jill Coster van Voorhout and Marie-Laure Poiré

 

The Hague Institute and its partner the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation from South Africa look forward to the commencement of their annual Transitional Justice Fellowship. Researcher Jill Coster van Voorhout and Events Manager Marie-Laure Poiré will join the fellows in Johannesburg and Cape Town from the 7-20 June for the first two weeks of what promises to be an intense and thorough training on transitional justice. In turn, the fellows will come to The Hague for the international justice leg of the program from Monday 23-27 June.

 

A heartfelt welcome to the fellows who will participate in this important and timely Transitional Justice Fellowship,” saidDr. Abi Williams, president of The Hague Institute. “This week The Hague Institute hosted a conference, which  highlighted salient lessons from the disastrous events in Rwanda, where genocide took place only 20 years ago. Today, ongoing conflicts – including in  Central African Republic and South Sudan – urgently require our collective attention. Given the necessity of improving the rule of law in fragile states, the Fellowship could not have come at a better time,” he added.

 

The week in The Hague specifically aims at deepening and structuring participants’ understanding and knowledge of the international institutional architecture in the field of transitional justice, its practical workings, and the debates surrounding these issues. This should also contribute to the reach and impact of the Hague-based courts and tribunals, the international governmental and non-governmental organizations active in this field and, ultimately, the City of The Hague as international capital of peace and justice.

 

Fellows will visit the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), other Hague-based courts such as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Permanent Court of Arbitration and related institutions and meet a number of international law experts. Peer-to-peer expert exchanges will deal with public international law, gender and media in transitional justice, legal and forensic fact-finding, domestic investigations and prosecutions of international crimes, and business-community mediation, as to demonstrate how The Hague contributes to justice through both legal and non-legal means.

 

The 10 fellows are high-level career professionals with some 10-15 years of experience in the fields of justice and reconciliation from the DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Uganda. To echo the words of one of them, Ms. Agatha Ndonga from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) in Nairobi, “The Fellowship provides me with a great opportunity, with expectations, to not only learn from Transitional Justice experts but also from the comparative experiences and knowledge from my fellow participants on ways to vindicate the rights of victims of past human rights injustices through redress by exploiting various and context-specific transitional justice tools.”

 

All fellows have provided us with an institutional endorsement for follow-up activities in their home countries, which will be executed in a partnership with IJR and The Hague Institute. Ms. Ndonga looks forward to sharing her experiences and knowledge based on the Kenyan context and will, once she returns home, “use the knowledge gained to formulate fresh interventions that ICTJ will implement so as to pursue reparations for victims especially children and youth who have been mostly overlooked when addressing past injustices.  These interventions will also be geared towards seeking various avenues to promote accountability, push for reforms meant to restore public trust in civic institutions so as to guarantee non-repetition of violations of human rights as well as achieve national cohesion and reconciliation.” 

 

Past experience shows that the fellowship is highly successful in forming a lasting network of experts that generate innovative and collaborative initiatives.

 

*** Experts joining the trainings in The Hague include, Mr. Jean-Xavier Keita, Principal Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence at the ICC; Ms. Uta Gerlant, Adviser to the board of directors at the EVZ Foundation; Mr. Dan Saxon, Former Senior Prosecutor at the ICTY and Former Legal Adviser of the UN Commission of Inquiry for Syria; Ms. Irene O’Sullivan, Forensic Advisor at the Netherlands Forensic Institute; Prof. dr. Larissa van den Herik, Professor of International Law at Leiden University; Mr. Geoff Roberts, Co-Counsel for the Defence, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Ms. Michelle Jarvis, Senior Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor at the ICT; Prof. mr. Fred Soons, Emeritus professor of Public international law at Utrecht University; Ms. Hester van Bruggen, Lead Prosecutor at the Dutch War Crimes Unit; Dr. Conny Rijken, Associate Professor of European and International Law at Tilburg University; Ms. Ljiliana Pites, Senior Information Assistant in the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY; Mr. Frans Evers, Chairman of the Netherlands National Contact Point, OECD.

 

Foreign Policy Priorities of Georgia

Special Session Convened at The Hague Institute

02 Jun 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Nikola Dimitrov

 

The Hague Institute in cooperation with the Embassy of Georgia in The Hague, organized a high-level roundtable discussion on the foreign policy priorities of Georgia. The event took place on the occasion of the visit of the First Deputy State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, H.E. Mr. David Dondua to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, on 27 May.

 

The Georgian Delegation, headed by Mr. Dondua, engaged in substantial and timely exchange of views with key representatives of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, policymakers, experts and practitioners, touching upon the perspectives of Georgia's NATO and EU integration, the upcoming NATO summit, the significance of signing the Association Agreement with EU planned for June this year, Russia-Georgia relations, security situation in Georgia and the region, and the ongoing events in Ukraine.

 

The Rwandan Genocide

Key Decision Makers and Eyewitnesses Gather at The Hague Institute to Consider the Failure of the International Community

28 May 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Mark Bailey and Marie-Laure Poiré

 

Leading decision makers from the United Nations, Africa, the United States, and Europe will gather in The Hague from June 1 to 3 to consider the failure of the international community to prevent or effectively respond to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and to explore whether and how the tragedy might have been averted.

 

This rare convening of former officials and eyewitnesses, jointly sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in cooperation with the National Security Archive (George Washington University,) coincides with the 20th anniversary of the genocide, a deliberate campaign of killing that took the lives of as many as one million Rwandans, predominantly Tutsis, between April and July 1994.  

 

Thousands of pages of newly declassified documents have been made available online by the conveners as part of a broader initiative to shed new light on the failed response to the genocide.

 

Participants in the conference, International Decision Making in the Age of Genocide: Rwanda 1990–94, include architects of the 1992–93 Arusha Accords; the leadership of UNAMIR, the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda; four former members of the UN Security Council; senior officials from the United Nations, Africa, the United States, and Europe; and former diplomats, human rights activists, academics, and journalists present in Kigali before and during the genocide.

 

Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, leader of the ill-fated UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda and recipient of the 2014 Elie Wiesel Award—the Holocaust Museum’s highest honor—for his bravery and moral courage in helping save some 30,000 lives, will also participate.

 

“Ongoing crises in Syria, Sudan, and the Central African Republic highlight the urgent need to improve the international community’s efforts to prevent genocide and other forms of mass violence,” said Cameron Hudson, acting director of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide. “While there have been a number of previous inquiries into the Rwandan genocide, few have gathered in one place so many former officials and eyewitnesses in a collective search for knowledge and understanding.

 

“We have convened this conference, and worked to get declassified and made accessible thousands of previously secret documents, in the hope that by understanding more about the past, we will be able to help governments everywhere improve their efforts to prevent and halt future threats of genocide,” he added.

 

Abi Williams, president of The Hague Institute, said, “The Hague Institute is pleased to host this important conference on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It will afford some of the most senior national and international actors from the period an opportunity for reflection and debate and will—we hope—provide us with a better understanding of how international decision making affected how the calamitous events of 1994 unfolded, with a view to ensuring that such horrendous crimes are never repeated.”

 

The initiative has collected, applied to get declassified, and made accessible—in many instances for the first time—significant documents from a wide variety of sources relating to many aspects of the Rwandan genocide. Most recently, declassification requests that the National Security Archive and the Holocaust Museum made in four countries have resulted in the release of nearly 300 formerly secret diplomatic cables that provide fresh insights into closed UN Security Council sessions in the days and weeks leading up to the genocide.

 

These newly released documents, which will be available on the National Security Archive and Holocaust Museum websites starting Monday, June 2, include reporting from key players in the Security Council debates, in addition to previously withheld US diplomatic traffic. They include cables from three officials who will attend the conference: New Zealand envoy Colin Keating, president of the Security Council in April 1994; Sir David Hannay, the British permanent representative to the UN; and Karel Kovanda of the Czech Republic, who was the first UN ambassador to use the term “genocide” to describe the events in Rwanda. They also include communications from then–US Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine K. Albright.

 

These contemporaneous diplomatic cables offer a glimpse into the debates in the so-called “informal sessions” of the Security Council, which took place behind closed doors without the presence of official note takers. It was at these meetings that the international community shaped its response to the genocide in Rwanda in the days and weeks after the April 6 assassination of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, which triggered the start of the killing.

 

The conference is modeled on a series of “critical oral history” gatherings co-organized by the National Security Archive over the past 25 years that have dramatically expanded public and scholarly knowledge of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the end of the Cold War, and US–Iran relations, among other topics. 

 

Tom Blanton, director of the Archive, said, “The remarkable new documentation obtained by our project pulls back the curtain over UN deliberations in 1994 and goes right to the question of why and how the international community failed to respond and to protect Rwandans. Now, thanks to the Holocaust Museum and The Hague Institute, this remarkable group of former officials and eyewitnesses is coming together to learn from each other and from the new evidence, to prevent future catastrophes like Rwanda.”

 

The conference will focus on three themes. The first, “Failure to Prevent,” will address the lead-up to the genocide between October 1990 and April 1994, and ask such questions as whether the international community might have been able to foresee and prevent the gathering catastrophe in Rwanda. The second, “Failure to Protect,” will focus on the international response to the genocide, with special attention to the role of the UN Security Council. The third will be a “lessons learned” session that will examine the similarities and differences between Rwanda and other contemporary mass atrocities.

 

This conference is made possible in part by the generous support of the Sudikoff Family Foundation, which funds the Holocaust Museum’s Sudikoff Annual Interdisciplinary Seminar on Genocide Prevention, and by the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for the National Security Archive’s genocide documentation efforts.

 

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.

 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks to inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide works to make the prevention of genocide and related crimes against humanity a national and international priority. Learn more about the Museum’s work on Rwanda and the International Decision-aking in the Age of Genocide initiative.

 

The National Security Archive

The National Security Archive, founded in 1985 by historians and journalists and based since 1995 at The George Washington University, opens governments at home and abroad by using and advocating freedom of information laws, challenging unnecessary national security secrecy, and analyzing and publishing former secrets. Supported by donations from foundations and individuals and by library subscriptions, the Archive has published more than a million pages of primary sources through ProQuest and the award-winning website nsarchive.org.

 

Please Note:  Working sessions of the conference are not open to the press. A record of the proceedings will be released for scholarly and public education purposes at a later date. For information about the conference contact:

Michael Abramowitz: mabramowitz@ushmm.org  + 1 (202) 817-5498

Cameron Hudson: chudson@ushmm.org  +1 (202) 817 -4723

 

There will be an opportunity to speak with a panel of key participants on Tuesday, 3 June between 8:30-9:30am at The Hague Institute, Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR.

 

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Marie-Laure Poiré at +31 (0)70 - 30 28 133

 

Warm Welcome to Supervisory Board Members

13 May 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Mark Bailey

 

The Hague Institute is pleased to announce two new appointments to the Supervisory Board.

 

Annette Heuser is executive director and founder of the Washington, DC office of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a private, non-partisan operational foundation that promotes and strengthens trans-Atlantic cooperation. he previously established the Foundation’s Brussels office and served as its Executive Director from 2000 to 2006.

 

From 1995 to 2000, she was Director Europe/USA at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany. In this function, she managed European and trans-Atlantic projects, and developed European networking activities. In the corporate sector, Annette served as vice president of international relations at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Europe’s largest media company. She was editor of the Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration, an annual publication that covers the year’s institutional and political developments in European integration.

 

In addition to overseeing the operations of the Foundation, Annette is promoting a new concept that she developed for sovereign-debt rating agencies. She has created a blueprint for an international non-profit credit rating agency, INCRA, which would conduct unsolicited foreign-risk assessments and re-define sovereign ratings as public goods. This would ensure transparency in the rating process and eliminate potential conflicts of interest.

 

Since INCRA’s launch in 2011, Annette has attended numerous conferences, including TEDGlobal 2013, and participated in panel discussions, including at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to present the proposal.

 

Annette studied political science, law and sociology at the University of Mainz in Germany. She has authored articles on trans-Atlantic relations and European affairs that have appeared in major US and European publications, and she has appeared on numerous television news programs. Annette is a member of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and its Strategic Advisors Group. She is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

 

She previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of the European Union and was vice chair of the Council on Foundation’s Global Philanthropy Committee for four years.

 

 

Irene Khan is Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). 


The first woman to hold this office, she was elected by Member Parties on 17 November 2011 and took up her position formally on 1 January 2012 for a term of four years. 

An international thought leader on human rights, gender and social justice issues, Irene Khan was Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2001 - 2009. Prior to that, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years at headquarters and in various field operations. She was Visiting Professor at the State University of New York Law School (Buffalo) in 2011. 

Ms. Khan is Chancellor of Salford University (UK), and a member of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention. She sits on the boards of several international human rights and development organizations. 

Ms. Khan received the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work to end violence against women and girls. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights has been translated into seven languages. 

Born in Bangladesh, Irene Khan studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School.

 

Learn more about the Institute's Supervisory Board.

 

Hague Institute Welcomes Head of Global Governance

03 Mar 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Mark Bailey

 

Dr. Richard Ponzio joins The Hague Institute in March 2014 as Head of the Global Governance Program. He is formerly a Senior Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he conceptualized and coordinated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s and later John Kerry’s New Silk Road initiative.

 

Earlier, as a Senior Strategy and Policy Officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, he researched and advised fragile states on post-conflict governance and economic reform, authored a UN engagement strategy, and co-initiated a global network of peacebuilding organizations and practitioners.

 

Dr. Ponzio brings expertise in the areas of global and national democratic institution-building, global political economy, and security sector reform. His policy research interests span the role of international institutions in responding to state fragility, global financial volatility, and population displacement.

 

From 1999-2009, Dr. Ponzio served in a variety of senior policy and strategic planning positions for the United Nations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, and New York. As a Senior Policy Analyst for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, he authored and coordinated studies for the UN Peacbuilding Commission on strategic frameworks and transition planning, as well as supported the Secretary-General’s Report on Peacebuilding in the Immediate Aftermath of Conflict (2009) and the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.

 

Dr. Ponzio co-authored South Asia (1998, 1999), Global (2001, 2002), Kosovo (2004), and Afghanistan (2007) Human Development Reports. From 1997-1999, Dr. Ponzio was a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre in Islamabad, where his research focused on the governance-security-development nexus in South Asia.

 

He joined the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in 1993, has presented at several ACUNS Annual Meetings, and participated in the 2006 ACUNS/ASIL Summer Workshop for Young Scholars. Dr. Ponzio led or co-organized UN Charter Review Conference Simulations at Columbia University (1992 and 1993), international student conferences at the World Bank and IMF (1994) and on the UN in San Francisco (1995), The Fletcher Roundtable on a New World Order (1996), and The North-South Roundtables in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007. He has taught United Nations studies at the graduate level and has guest lectured at several leading international universities.

 

Dr. Ponzio has published widely in academic journals (including Global Governance), edited volumes, newspapers, UN policy reports, and monographs, including Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States (OUP, 2011). He completed his doctorate in politics and international relations at the University of Oxford and undertook earlier studies at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, The Graduate Institute for International Studies-Geneva, and Columbia University.

 

The Hague Institute Names Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov as Distinguished Fellow

26 Feb 2014  | For Immediate Release, Contact: Mark Bailey

 

The Hague Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov as its Distinguished Fellow. Ambassador Dimitrov will take office at the Institute upon the completion of his duties as Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in March 2014.

 

Starting his diplomatic career in 1996 as a human rights officer in the Macedonian Foreign Ministry, Dimitrov has extensive experience of public service in foreign and security policy, international dispute settlement, and conflict resolution.

 

Dimitrov studied law at the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, where he was awarded with the 26th of July Award established by the Frank Manning Foundation, and received his L.LM degree in International Law from the University of Cambridge, UK. Dimitrov is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Defense and Peace Studies at the St. Cyril and Methodius University and completed the Public Leaders in Southeast Europe Executive Education Program of the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Career highlights include:

  • Ambassador to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague, 2009-2014
  • Co-Agent before the International Court of Justice, 2008-2011
  • Special Envoy of the Government for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Brussels, 2007-2008
  • National Coordinator for NATO Integration, Skopje, 2006-2009
  • Special Envoy in the talks between the Republic of Macedonia and the Hellenic Republic to overcome the difference over the name under the UN auspices, 2003-2008
  • Ambassador to the United States, Washington, DC, 2001-2006
  • National Security Adviser to the President of the Republic of Macedonia, 2000-2001
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2000 

Dimitrov has published a book and a number of articles on foreign policy, national security, human rights and the rule of law. He has broad experience in public diplomacy, participating in public debates and giving lectures at numerous universities on NATO enlargement, European integration, Southeast Europe, international dispute settlement and conflict resolution, both in Europe and in the United States.

 

As a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute, his work will center on enhancing understanding and promoting debate among stakeholders on European integration and transatlantic relations, with special emphasis on democratic governance, rule of law, stability and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Southeast Europe. His responsibilities will also include the advancement of relations between the Institute and the Diplomatic Corps in The Hague, and the development of partnerships with governments, international and regional organizations, think tanks and NGOs.

 

Commenting on the appointment, the President of The Hague Institute, Dr. Abiodun Williams, said “I am delighted that Ambassador Dimitrov will join us at The Hague Institute as a Distinguished Fellow. I am certain that his impressive background in foreign and security policy will prove a major asset to the Institute’s research, development and outreach activities, particularly with regard to our work on the Balkan region.”

 

Remarking on his appointment, Ambassador Dimitrov reflected on the concluding lines of the Carnegie Report on the Balkan Wars, published in 1914, which noted the special place of The Hague in international peace and justice. “The recently dedicated Peace Palace at The Hague,” noted the report, “stands as a witness to the new and larger patriotism …[to the] belief that through justice peace is to reign upon the earth”. The report, Dimitrov recalled, was “a result of the noble effort of the Carnegie Endowment, a non-governmental organization, to have an unparalleled impact on international policy.”

 

Ambassador Dimitrov added that “it is an exceptional privilege to join the Hague Institute for Global Justice, an impact-oriented institution of innovative relevant policy research and development, established in this very spirit in the international city of peace and justice. I am particularly delighted, under the inspiring leadership of Dr. Williams, at the opportunity to build upon my previous experience aimed at enhancing understanding and promoting debate among stakeholders on the promotion of democracy, stability, rule of law and the European and the Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries in Southeast Europe.”

 

The President of the Carnegie International Commission for the Balkans, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Baron d'Estournelles de Constant, a century ago, contemplated the solution for the Balkan States: “Once these fertile countries were linked to the rest of Europe, and connected like the rest of Europe, they would of themselves become peaceful by means of commerce and trade and industry… In reality, there is no solution, no way either for small states or for great countries except by union and conciliation. While we have indeed made great progress in the region since then, the job is still not fully done.”

 

The Hague Institute Welcomes Dr. Tom de Bruijn

19 Feb 2014  |  For Immediate Release, Contact: Mark Bailey

 

As of 1 February, the Supervisory Board of The Hague Institute has begun its duties, and welcomes Dr. Tom de Bruijn to its membership.  Dr. De Bruijn is a member of the Dutch State Council and Special Advisor to the Task Force for Greece of the European Commission.

 

The inauguration of the Supervisory Board marks the dissolution of the Institute’s Temporary Board, whose members we would like to thank for their efforts and guidance over the past three years.

 

About Dr. Tom de Bruijn: Tom de Bruijn (Eindhoven, 1948) studied political science at the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva (1968-1973) and War Studies at Kings College of the University of London (1973-1974). He holds a law degree from the University of Utrecht (1977).

 

After his studies he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and held functions respectively dealing with Treaty Law, the United Nations and the European Union. He was Director General for European Affairs from 1999 to 2003 and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the European Union from 2003 to 2011. He was also the alternate representative of the Netherlands to the European Convention (2002-2003).

 

He is now a member of the Dutch State Council and holds several other functions such as chairman of the Advisory Board of ProDemos, House for Democracy and Rule of Law and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies. He is also Special Advisor to the Task Force for Greece of the European Commission.

 

Learn more about the Institute's Supervisory Board.

 

The Hague Institute Welcomes New Staff

16 Dec 2013  | For Immediate Release, Contact:  Mark Bailey

 

The Hague Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of several new colleagues to key positions in the Institute  effective at the start of 2014.

 

Joining The Hague Institute as Executive Director is Serv Wiemers, who brings a wide-ranging background in both public international law and economic diplomacy.  Wiemers joins the Institute from  the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (an operational unit of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs) where he served as Director of Investment Climate and Promotion.   In this role, he was responsible both for business development and policy, with the aim of promoting the Netherlands as a business location. | Read more

 

Dr. Anja Mihr joins The Hague Institute in January 2014 as Head of the Rule of Law Program.  Until 2013 she was an Associate Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), University of Utrecht, Netherlands. | Read more

 

Dr. David Connolly has been appointed Head of the Conflict Prevention Program at The Hague Institute. He is formerly a research fellow and lecturer at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York, 2005 – 2013. At York, he was the Director and co-founder of the MSc program in International Humanitarian Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Education in Conflict and Emergencies research program. | Read more

 

Dr. Joris Larik joins The Hague Institute as a Senior Researcher in the Global Governance Program. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. His work focuses on the law and policy of EU external relations, comparative and multilevel constitutional law and comparative regional integration. He was awarded a doctorate in law from the European University Institute in 2013 for his PhD thesis entitled Worldly Ambitions: Foreign policy objectives in European constitutional law. | Read more

 

Dr. Eamon Aloyo also begins work as a Senior Researcher in January 2014.  He will join the Conflict Prevention Program.  Dr. Aloyo is a political scientist working on policy relevant topics at the intersection of political theory and international relations, and his interests include human rights, global justice, just war theory, the responsibility to protect (R2P), international criminal law, transitional justice, global governance, and democratic theory. | Read more

 

The Hague Institute Mourns the Passing of Nelson Mandela

05 Dec 2013  | For Immediate Release, Contact:  Mark Bailey

 

(The Hague) - The Hague Institute for Global Justice mourns the passing of former South African President and Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela.

 

"Nelson Mandela was one of the towering prophets of the twentieth century," said The Hague Institute’s President Abi Williams. "Alongside Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. he enters the pantheon of visionary leaders who transformed their nations – and the world – not by force of arms but by the righteousness of their struggle."

 

A champion of peace, justice and equality, Mandela dedicated his life to reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. He was considered South Africa's "founding father of democracy" and his ascension to the presidency in South Africa’s first multiracial elections in 1994 heralded a new chapter in that nation's history.

 

The Hague Institute draws great inspiration from Mandela's leadership and achievements. "The process of transitional justice in South Africa, which Mandela oversaw, is today hailed as a model for countries emerging from conflict," said Williams. The leadership and staff of the Institute extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of President Mandela and to the nation of South Africa.

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Facing 21st Century Challenges on Water Security and Peace

07 Nov 2013  | For Immediate Release, Contact: Ms. Alida Pham

 

THE HAGUE – An international conference on Water Security and Peace will be held at the Peace Palace in The Hague on 14 and 15 November. The availability of water resources determines the well-being, prosperity and stability of societies worldwide. As freshwater becomes more scarce and is often unevenly distributed, tensions over its use are manifested in every-day life.

 

Stakeholders have different and sometimes conflicting claims over water. If opportunities are created for cooperation, then conflicting claims from upstream and downstream users can be adequately addressed. A better understanding of the underlying process of water cooperation is required. This includes joint fact-finding, trust building, conflict prevention and resolution, and pursuits of social justice.

 

This conference creates opportunities for dialogue, knowledge exchange and partnership building. Participants will explore the role of negotiation and arbitration in water disputes, highlighting specific cases in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, among others. The conference will also focus on the need to optimize present arrangements and particularly the need for additional diplomatic tools to remove political bottlenecks and to address recurring conflicts.

 

The conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands and the City of The Hague and is organized by the Water Diplomacy Consortium, a knowledge hub for water diplomacy, governance and law that contributes to conflict prevention and conflict resolution related to intrastate and transboundary water management.

 

The conference will be structured along three working groups.

 

  • Working Group 1 will take stock of legal, institutional and diplomatic methods that are available for water conflict prevention and resolution as well as the peaceful management of shared water resources; how are these being applied; if their current application is not effective, in what ways they can and should be improved? Illustrative cases include the Mekong region and the Middle East multilateral negotiations on water resources.
  • Working Group 2 will address solutions to effectively align stakeholders, namely policy makers and politicians, negotiation experts and systems experts. Illustrative cases include the food and energy nexus in the Aral Sea region and the Eastern Nile in Africa.
  • Working Group 3 will discuss the importance of connecting civil society with policy makers through multilevel diplomacy. Questions will focus on which tools and instruments create effective linkages and why is cooperation so difficult. The experiences of government, international NGOs, diplomats, and international financing organizations in various river basins will be the focus.

 

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The Water Diplomacy Consortium consists of five partners: The Hague Institute for Global Justice, UNESCO-IHE Water Education Centre, UPEACE Centre The Hague, The Institute for Foreign Relations ‘Clingendael’ and the Water Governance Centre. Collectively, their capacities in diplomacy and conflict resolution, international (water) law, water systems, water governance, and water management cover the spectrum of water diplomacy broadly defined from both an academic and a practical perspective.

 

Open to members of the press:

  • 14 November 09:00-12:30 Opening session
  • 15 November 13:30-15:30 Closing session

N.B. All working group sessions are closed to the press. The conference will be held in English.

 

PRESS REGISTRATION
Registration deadline COB 12 November 2013. Click here.

 

PRESS CONTACT
Ms. Alida Pham, a.pham@unesco-ihe.org, Mob.: +316-12974079

 

PRESS KIT 
Download (as of 7 Nov 2013): www.TheHagueInstitute.org/WDC-Conference.

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The Hague Institute Announces Launch of Distinguished Speaker Series

Sir John Holmes to Give Inaugural Lecture

23 Sep 2013  |  For Immediate Release, Contact:  Mark Bailey

 

The Hague Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Showcasing eminent practitioners in international affairs, the series explores topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law, and conflict prevention.

 

The first event in the series will be held on 14 November 2013.  The inaugural speaker will be Sir John Holmes, Director of the Ditchley Foundation and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  Sir John will speak on the topic ‘Humanitarians and International Intervention,’ discussing the lessons encapsulated in his recent book The Politics of Humanity: The Reality of Relief Aid.

 

“This series will be the centerpiece of the Hague Institute’s high-level engagement with the diverse community of practitioners and academics based in The Hague and abroad,” said Abi Williams, president of The Hague Institute.

 

In addition to Sir John Holmes, the Institute will host Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for Migration and Development and Joschka Fischer, former Foreign Minister of Germany, as future speakers.

 

Learn more about the inaugural lecture with Sir John Holmes

 

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.

 

The Hague Institute Builds on Dutch Expertise on Water

04 Mar 2013  At the initiative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a special session on water and disasters is to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 6 March 2013. Among the key speakers is HRH Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange, who has chaired the Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) since 2006. This will be one of his last acts as UNSGAB chair before he resigns from it and other official positions to concentrate on his duties as King of the Netherlands beginning 30 April 2013. One hopes that, despite the Prince’s departure, a strong Dutch presence will continue on the UNSGAB and other water-related fora, in keeping with the renowned tradition of the Netherlands in all matters related to water.

 

In line with this tradition, and proud of its Dutch origins despite being fully global in its outlook, The Hague Institute for Global Justice has identified water management and the fair distribution of water as an issue central to its mandate.

 

The institute focuses its efforts on conflict resolution and legal issues related to water, joining forces with other Dutch partners with complementary expertise to cover the broad range of water diplomacy issues. Partners include the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, Water Governance Centre, UNESCO-IHE and the University for Peace.

 

This emerging consortium aspires to become a knowledge hub for water diplomacy, governance and law, and to contribute to conflict prevention and conflict resolution related to intrastate and transboundary water management.

 

One of the first projects of the consortium concerns Yemen, through a study The Hague Institute conceptualized in response to a request from the Dutch Embassy in that country. The initiative focuses on the formal and informal political economy of groundwater management and will produce a tailor-made plan for strengthening the legal framework for water-related conflict prevention and supporting the country in achieving the water and sanitation targets under the Millennium Development Goals. This is one of The Hague Institute’s and its partners’ contributions to the International Year of Water Cooperation, due to be celebrated in The Hague on 22 March 2013, World Water Day.

 

Welcome to “The Hague” Mr Williams

03 Jan 2013  Column published by Willem Post in Den Haag Centraal, originally published in Dutch and translated by The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Source: Den Haag Centraal
 

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