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ACCESS Facility is a global, nonprofit organisation that supports rights-compatible, interest-based problem solving to prevent and resolve conflicts between companies and communities. ACCESS explores better ways of working together among companies, communities and governments. It is a neutral space for a broad range of stakeholders to learn, explore, share ideas, forge relationships, and find solutions that work for them.
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Climate change poses a risk to the basic needs and human rights of individuals and communities. Extensive research in the natural sciences has laid a solid foundation for the emerging consensus on the phenomenon and man-made contributions to it. However, the social implications of climate change need further illumination. This project aims to overcome some important knowledge gaps through in-depth case study analyses and integrated stakeholder dialogues on climate change-induced socio-political tensions.
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Many experts are dispatched on rule of law missions, but what mechanisms are currently in place to systematically collect first-hand the valuable information from these experts? Once collected, how can such information best be used for future rule of law missions?
The Distinguished Speaker Series invites prominent experts and practitioners in international affairs to discuss topics and issues related to global governance, the rule of law and conflict prevention.
The Hague Institute works with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) on the development and application of a framework for political economy analysis (PEA) in transboundary river basins in Africa, funded by the World Bank.
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Fact-finding missions into human rights violations often precede criminal investigations. Yet, it is not clear how these two types of investigations relate to each other, particularly in terms of the sharing of information and evidence. Can criminal investigators and prosecutors interact more effectively with each other and with other investigators (including commissions of inquiry, UN panels of experts and the OHCHR, truth commissions etc.), without compromising their respective mandates? And if so, how?
The Global Governance Reform Initiative seeks to overcome the challenges of global governance in three important domains – cyberspace, migration and oceans – by improving the efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy of collective actions undertaken by relevant stakeholders.
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Do people live in an environment where justice is hard to come by? And if so, what can be done to improve this? Whilst exploring how citizens experience justice is a largely neglected area, this project will redress the balance somewhat by evaluating how much access citizens have to justice, through which institutions, the quality of the procedures and the fairness of the outcomes obtained. By developing standardised tools, this project aims to support local human rights NGOs, legal aid NGOs and selected legal-service providers in their role as potential guardians of justice. Armed with the appropriate tools, these organisations will be better able to ask specific agents in the legal system for concrete improvements in laws, court procedures, legal information or the provision of legal services.
The protection of intellectual property (IP) is an incentive for research. However, developing countries often cannot afford to pay the high price of knowledge and technology that is protected by intellectual property rights (IPR). Several important global initiatives have been promulgated in recent years to promote research and innovation on how intellectual property rights can be harnessed for development and poverty reduction objectives. Unfortunately, the acceptance of the underlying standards, let alone the implementation process necessary for the approximation of these objectives has proven to be rather unwieldy in practice.
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In an attempt to become green, many economies are using natural materials for bio-energy, bio-plastics, and bio-polymers, thus fuelling the potential for biomass disputes. At the same time, views differ about the sustainability of different resources that can be used as biomass, and how and which definitions should be used in sustainable policies. So how much demand is there for a knowledge and remedy network centre for biomass and land use sustainability disputes and would it be feasible and viable to create such a network centre? This project goes in search of an answer to this central question by conducting stakeholder consultations and expert meetings, by commissioning scientific research by the University of Leiden, and by holding interviews with eminent biomass, sustainability and alternative dispute resolution experts.
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In June 2012 Ben Knapen, former Dutch State Secretary for European Affairs and International Cooperation, launched five Knowledge Platforms. These platforms are now part of the new knowledge agenda and policy of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen. Her current development agenda focuses on a number of spearheads, including Security and Rule of Law. Key to this agenda is improving security for civilians and constructing rule of law, and developing knowledge infrastructure in developing countries, to make these countries self-reliant in the long term.
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The foundations of this project were first laid out during the three years of extensive research conducted jointly by the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL). From that project, came a set of ‘general rules and principles of international criminal procedure’ (to be published with Oxford University Press in March 2013. These principles were found to govern the investigation of international crimes by the various international criminal tribunals and will provide a solid base for a Model Code for the Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes (‘the Model Code’) in the years to come.
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The “peace versus justice” debate is one of the central controversies in the application of international criminal law. The “justice” side of this debate uses fundamentally deontological reasoning to argue that pursuit of justice (human rights) is a social good in and of itself. Thus, the pursuit of justice cannot be held to be subordinate to any other concern, such as the achievement of sustainable peace. In contrast, the “peace” side of the debate contends that considerations of conflict resolution should be prioritised and that sometimes justice will need to be sacrificed, or put aside, in order to achieve the greater social good of peace. Neither side believes that either peace or justice is unimportant, rather the controversy is really a question of priority and strategy.
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P.R.I.M.E. Finance, based in The Hague, has been established to assist judicial systems in the settlement of disputes on complex financial transactions. The organization's core activities will include education and judicial training, providing expert opinions, determinations and risk assessment and arbitration or mediation. P.R.I.M.E. will oversee and be supported by a Panel of Experts which currently includes some of the most senior people in the financial markets with collectively over 2,000 years of experience in these markets. The market need for this initiative has been identified through meetings in 2010 and 2011 with dealer and “buy-side” market participants, market experts, jurists and financial market regulators in various financial centers of the world.
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Developments in globalization and industrialization continuously push governments, public and private international organizations, and NGOs to reexamine the opportunities available to people at all levels of society to attain basic socioeconomic necessities. Preliminary research into existing social justice initiatives has shown a need for an institution that serves as a one-stop shop for individuals, businesses, NGOs, and policymakers seeking advice and information or needing technical assistance relating to social justice. Such online and offline support could be given by in-house experts focusing on the particular subjects under discussion.
The lecture series, organized since 2003 by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, deals with a variety of issues related to international criminal law and is attended by LLM and PhD students, academics, diplomats, international lawyers, NGOs and others working in The Hague's international legal sphere.
The lectures typically last about 30 to 45 minutes, after which the floor is opened for a question and answer session of approximately 20 minutes.
In 2013, The Hague Institute for Global Justice offered its assistance and venue in the organization of a few Supranational Criminal Law Lectures. More news about these events can be found below.
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Justice can be a scarce commodity in countries affected by conflicts. The Hague Institute draws lessons from experiences of post-conflict rebuilding activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and from current endeavors in Libya for peacebuilding and the rule of law. The Hague Institute is partnering with the Van Vollenhoven Institute (VVI) to examine access to justice and building institutions for the rule of law in these fragile states. Findings will be presented at the centenary celebrations of the Peace Palace on 28 August 2013.
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The project on developing victimological approaches to international crimes started in 2009 when Intervict organised an international seminar centred on Africa. This resulted in an edited volume (Letschert, R.M., Haveman, R., Brouwer, A.L.M. de, & Pemberton, A. (Eds.). (2011). Victimological approaches to international crimes: Africa. ) of multidisciplinary contributions that reviewed the function and effects of criminal justice procedures and psychosocial recovery in societies torn by mass political violence. Now that the ‘Arab Spring’ has engendered debate across the region on the need to end impunity for international crimes, there are new openings for victimological approaches to international crimes in North Africa and the Middle East.
Water management and the fair distribution of water is an issue of growing importance on the international agenda. Building on the internationally renowned Dutch expertise in water technology, water governance, conflict resolution, and legal systems, The Hague Institute for Global Justice has joined forces with the Netherlands Institute for International Relations “Clingendael,” Water Governance Centre, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, and the UPEACE Center The Hague to form a Water Diplomacy Consortium (WDC). The consortium aspires both to become a knowledge hub for water diplomacy, governance, and law, and to contribute to conflict prevention and conflict resolution in relation to water management across and within national borders.