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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 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.




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.


Registration deadline COB 12 November 2013. Click here.


Ms. Alida Pham,, Mob.: +316-12974079


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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




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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