News and Commentary

Four Prime Ministerial Perspectives on Global Justice

24 Apr 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff

The Hague Institute for Global Jusitice is pleased to announce a unique edition of its Distinguished Speaker Series. Four former Dutch Prime Ministers, serving from 1978 to 2010, will give their perspectives on global justice, international relations and institutional governance. Introducing this series is the current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The first installment welcomes Dries van Agt on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.


The Hague Conference on International Legal Diplomacy

23 Apr 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


What are the unique challenges and opportunities presented by practice at the intersection of law and diplomacy?  This key question was the guiding theme of a unique conference on ‘International Legal Diplomacy’, convened by The Hague Institute and the British Embassy in The Hague, which took place on 22 April.


Migrant Smuggling: How Should the EU and its Members States Respond?

21 Apr 2015  |  by Jill Coster van Voorhout and Fabienne Smith


Over the weekend, the Mediterranean Sea has proven once more it is today’s most dangerous border between Europe and Africa. Only 28 people could be rescued when a boat capsized last weekend, meaning that a further 800 perished at sea, including young children. Up to April 2015, 1600 people have lost their lives in an attempt to reach the ‘promised land’. This commentary focuses on one aspect of this complex phenomenon – migrant smuggling. It argues that the EU needs to address the root causes of migrant smuggling in order to prioritize human rights within its migration policies and to take preventive action.  


Innovative projects by The Hague Institute presented at the 7th World Water Forum

20 Apr 2015  ǀ by Hague Institute Staff


At the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu, South Korea, The Hague Institute for Global Justice presented its portfolio on Water Diplomacy, including innovative projects to make water cooperation work.


Spotlight on Migration

UN Photo/Stuart Price

20 Apr 2015  | by Hague Institute Staff


The drowning of hundreds of refugees off the coast of Libya over the weekend has once more underlined the urgency of finding a broad approach to address the crisis in Northern Africa and the Middle East. It is a forceful reminder that the international norms and regulations do not match the current situation. 


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