In 2014, the Institute and the Stimson Center convened the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, co-chaired by former US Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright and former Foreign Minister of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gambari. The Commission’s final report, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, was launched in 2015 and develops new frameworks for collective action in response to threats to global security and justice.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Stimson Center view the intersection of security and justice as critical to understanding and addressing common global threats and challenges, the effective management of which requires innovative and collaborative action at various levels. On this fundamental theme, the Institute and the Stimson Center conceptualized a project built around a Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance, composed of a select group of eminent statespersons and public intellectuals. In June 2015, the Commission released it’s final report Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance Report.


The Commission was co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

The Commissioners were:

  • Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague
  • Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman – Arab International Women’s Forum
  • Celso Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Defense
  • Lloyd Axworthy, Chancellor of St. Paul’s University and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
  • Yoriko Kawaguchi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO of Council on CyberSecurity
  • Asha-Rose Migiro, Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs of Tanzania
  • José Antonio Ocampo, Director of Economic and Political Development Concentration at Columbia University
  • Shyram Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India
  • Michael Schaefer, Chairman of Board of Directors of the BMW Foundation
  • Erna Witoelar, former UN Special Ambassador for Millennium Development Goals in Asia Pacific
  • Wu Jianmin, Executive Vice Chairman of the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy

Building on the tradition of the 1995 Commission on Global Governance and the 2004 High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, the Commission considered new frameworks for collective action on pressing issues such as state fragility, the effect of climate change on peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and the hyper-connected global economy.

Preparations for the Commission’s final report involved a number of multi-stakeholder consultations across the globe. Consultations were conducted with UN Member State representatives and officials at UN Headquarters and in conjunction with the 2014 Hague Conference on Business and Human Security, the 2014 India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance, the 2014 UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, and the 2015 Munich Security Conference. These consultations brought together eminent thinkers, as well as students and young professionals, to consider frameworks for collective action on the topics of fragile states, cyber security and climate governance, among others.

The Commission’s final report, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, was launched at the Peace Palace in The Hague on 16 June 2016. Commission Co-Chairs Madeleine Albright and Ibrahim Gambari presented the Commission’s chief recommendations during the launch event. Commissioners Jozias van Aartsen and Michael Schaefer also participated in the event. Activities related to the launch of the report were held in various locations including at the United Nations in New York, in Washington D.C., Abuja, Berlin and Tokyo.

Executive Summaries

Media Coverage

The Commission Report launch has generated, thus far, over 400 media-related stories (print, TV, and radio) in 29 countries and 9 languages across 6 continents.