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Lessons from Srebrenica: 20 Years Later

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02 Jul 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


An extraordinary group of UN officials, military leaders, politicians and survivors recounted their memories of the Srebrenica massacre in a public panel at The Hague Institute on 1 July. The panel was the culmination of a three day conference hosted in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the National Security Archives at George Washington University, which sought to better understand the chain of events leading up to the genocide, as both an academic service to history and to guide future policymaking. 


The Water Diplomacy Team: Solving Conflicts around the World

02 Jul 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


Regional conflicts related to water distribution threaten stability around the world. In response to this potential source of friction, the Conflict Prevention Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice has prioritized water diplomacy as a core theme. Learn more about the team's research and field work in The Hague and around the globe.


Video: Srebrenica 20 Years Later

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30 Jun 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


This week, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, and in partnership with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Security Archive, The Hague Institute hosted an unprecedented conference bringing together decision-makers, eyewitnesses and survivors.


Defaulting on Europe's Promise?

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30 Jun 2015  |  by Dr. Joris Larik


The European Union “stands at a crossroads, a defining moment in its existence”. These would be fitting words for today’s situation, as the Greek debt crisis has entered a state of open escalation. However, the quote originates from the Laeken Declaration, issued by the European Council fourteen years ago. Back in 2001, European leaders predicted that the euro would “become a day-to-day reality for 300 million European citizens”. They noted, moreover, that steps should taken to increase democratic accountability, addressing European citizens’ concerns “that deals are all too often cut out of their sight”, and mused about the EU assuming “a leading role to play in a new world order”. Today, the future of the euro is uncertain and the political institutions and processes to solve the crisis obscure and evidently unfit for purpose. 


Twin Launch Events for the International Labor Rights Case Law Journal

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29 Jun 2015  |  by Hague Institute Staff


On June 25 and June 27, the Social Justice Expertise Center organized two launch events to celebrate the inaugural publication of the International Labor Rights Case Law journal (ILaRC). ILaRC is a triannual publication that brings together a selection of seminal international decisions on labor law. It draws on the case law of regional and international mechanisms, such as the ILO Committees, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and offers commentaries from leading international labor law experts. Both launch conferences were moderated by Professor Paul van der Heijden, chair of the Social Justice Expertise Center. 


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