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Working Paper Series

The Hague Institute Working Paper Series was launched in July 2014. It aims to provide an outlet for authors to make original, rigorous, and policy-relevant research available publicly. Each working paper is peer-reviewed by at least two experts, one internal and one external to The Hague Institute.


For inquiries and further information about the Working Paper Series, please contact Dr. Eamon Aloyo.



A biannual magazine, Intersections highlights news and projects from The Hague Institute and features expert analysis on topics related to peace, security and justice.

Fall 2015

•Column: Mark Malloch-Brown, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the UN
•Interview: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
•Project: City Municipalities:  New Actors of Conflict Prevention
•Article: Improving the Effectiveness of Responses to Conflict-related Violence
•Dorit Beinisch: The Israeli Supreme Court:  Balancing Human Rights and Security

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Winter 2015

•Column: Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate 2014
•Interview: Canada's Lloyd Axworthy
•Project: Education in Fragile and Conflict-affected States
•Article: Fact-finding and Accountability
•Marietje Schaake: Education must be the core of Foreign and Development Policy

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Summer 2014

•Column: Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
•Interview: Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire
•R2P: Limits and New Options
•Article: Putting Research to Work
•Judge Michael Kirby: Crunch Time for Action in North Korea

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Winter 2014

•Column: ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
•Interview: Admiral (ret) James Stavridis
•Current Work: Global Governance Reform Initiative
•Convening Power: Distinguished Speaker Series
•Migration: Peter D. Sutherland

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Summer 2013 | Inaugural Edition

•Column: Dr. Madeleine K. Albright
•Interview: Dr. Abiodun Williams
•Peace Palace Centenary: A Tradition of More Than 100 Years
•Convening Power: Three New Initiatives
•Resource Sustainability: Dick Benschop
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Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance 

Humanity today faces a growing range of global problems that require urgent attention. The independent Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance published a report that provides targeted reforms that transcend national borders, and reach out to diverse stakeholders, including business groups, mayors, civil society, and local communities and cities. The report aims to reform the UN and other global governance institutions to better address new global challenges posed by conflict affected states, climate change, and the hyperconnected global economy. Read the report here.


In addition to the report, a number of background papers have been authored by members of the Commission's Research Team. More backgroundpapers will be published in the coming weeks: 

International Labor Rights Case Law


International Labor Rights Case Law (ILaRC) is a triannual publication of the Social Justice Expertise Center. ILaRC focuses primarily on jurisprudential developments relating to fundamental rights at the workplace. The Journal reproduces the relevant texts of key international cases, drawing upon the decision of regional and international mechanisms, such as the ILO Committees, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as key national courts such as the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of India. It also contains commentaries on selected decisions from leading international labor law academics and practitioners from around the world. The first volume is available for open access at


Publications and Reports

Additional reports published by the Institute.


The Political Economy of Water Management in Yemen: Conflict Analysis and Recommendations

An acute water crisis looms over Yemen which suffers intense water scarcity. To address this problem, The Hague Institute published a report detailing the political economy of water conflicts in Yemen. The report, Commissioned by the Dutch Embassy in Yemen offers insights and recommendations to address the threat of conflict from water related issues. Read the report


The Hague Approach Principles

The Hague Approach comprises six guiding principles for achieving sustainable peace. The principles are practical and accessible recommendations for policy-makers. They draw on empirical evidence from peacebuilding experiences to identify points that need attention. Download the PDF





Promoting the Rule of Law in Peacebuilding: Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq

This report is a comparative study of rule of law efforts within the context of peacebuilding in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past decade. It elucidates the challenges international and local actors faced in both countries. Download the PDF




Policy Briefs

Policy briefs are short, policy-relevant reports. They offer policymakers, practitioners, scholars and the interested public research from experts, lessons learned, and solutions to challenges covered by The Hague Institute.


  • Adaptive Delta Governance [PDF]
    Policy Brief 15 | May 2015
    This policy brief reflects on key lessons learned and the way forward in three deltas: the Rhine-Meuse in the Netherlands, the Mekong in Vietnam, and the Sacramento–San Joaquin River in the United States. It provides recommendations for improving delta governance targeted at practitioners, policymakers, and researchers working on climate change, environmental policy, politics, and governance. The recommendations focus on dealing with the uncertainties of the impacts of climate change, on closing the innovation gap between science, policy and society, and on facilitating effective stakeholder participation, learning and integration.

  • Global Nuclear Security: The Role of Uncertainty, Disputed Values and Non-state Actors [PDF]
    Policy Brief 14 | January 2015
    This policy brief discusses the uncertainties associated with the use of nuclear material for energy production, but attempts to move beyond the mainstream definitions on nuclear terrorism and nuclear safety issues. The policy brief argues that stakeholders involved in the nuclear decision-making process do not sufficiently acknowledge the uncertainties inherent in this complex subject. The limited attention reduces the ‘societal legitimacy’ of nuclear policy-making and even increases risks to potential nuclear accidents.

  • The Gotovina, Perisic and Sainovic Appeal Judgments: Implications for International Criminal Justice Mechanisms [PDF]
    Policy Brief 13 | September 2014

    This paper provides an overview of important policy issues arising from controversial appeals judgments in the Gotovina, Perišić, and Šainović cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Its recommendation are directed at policymakers, scholars and practitioners, and seek to strengthen international criminal justice mechanisms by enhancing the quality of international judges, judgments and judicial processes, as well as by improving the image of international criminal justice institutions. This brief stems from an off-the-record expert roundtable convened by The Hague Institute, together with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies – University of Leiden.

  • Enforcement of Fundamental Labor Rights [PDF]
    Policy Brief 12 | September 2014

    This policy brief provides an overview and an analysis of the major initiatives that aim to improve labor conditions in Bangladesh. It assesses the main innovative features and presents policy recommendations that could further strengthen the network approach in low-wage manufacturing sectors. These recommendations are targeted at various stakeholders. The brief argues that businesses with transnational supply chains should cast their labor commitments in a contractual form, following the successful example of the Bangladesh Accord for Fire and Building Safety.

  • Geopolitics and Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean [PDF]
    Policy Brief 11 | August 2014

    The European Union needs to pay close attention to the risks and the potential
    benefits of a greater engagement in maritime security in the Indian Ocean. Against the backdrop of a crowded, unstable and increasingly militarized maritime space, this Policy Brief provides an overview of the main aspects that future EU policy planning on maritime security in the Indian Ocean must address. 

  • Irregular Migration and Global Justice [PDF]

    Policy Brief 10 | May 2014

    Most migration stakeholders clearly recognize that irregularity is undesirable and a continuous source of concern for many governments and the international community. The issue, which has barely been acknowledged, is that continuous demand for cheap labor in destination states is a catalyst for irregular migration, both stimulating and sustaining the phenomenon. It is within this paradoxical context of undesirability and indispensability that policymakers and irregular migrants find themselves.

  • Climate Security and Justice for Small Island Developing States [PDF]

    Policy Brief 9 | March 2014

    This policy brief reviews both the challenges that SIDS face because of climate change in terms of adaptation and development, internal displacement and migration, sovereignty a nd exclusive economic zones, as well as the means they use to advance their cause, such as legal claims to compensation and multilateral diplomacy.

  • Curbing Illicit Financial Flows:The Post-2015 Agenda and International Human Rights Law [PDF]
    Policy Brief 8 | February 2014
    Corruption, which was identified as a cross-cutting theme in our Institute’s program of work for 2013, is not only a problem in its own right but also part of the “larger” issue of illicit financial flows (IFFs). Simply put, IFFs deprive governments in both developed and developing countries of resources that might otherwise be invested in public goods.

  • The BRICS Development Banks: A Partner for the Post-2015 Agenda? [PDF]
    Policy Brief 7 | December 2013
    This policy brief explains why the BRICS established a development bank and discusses how the envisaged institution may affect global governance. It also introduces recommendations for policymakers who work on the post-2015 agenda and seek to craft a tailored response to the proposed BRICS measures.

  • Peacebuilding in Mali:  Linking Justice, Security, and Reconciliation [PDF]
    Policy Brief 6 | November 2013
    Rebuilding the Malian justice system is indispensable if peace, stability, and development are to be ensured. This second Hague Institute Policy Brief on the current situation in Mali aims to provide guidance to those in government and in the international community responsible for developing the policies and programs to rebuild the justice system.

  • Assisting Peacebuilding in Mali Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past [PDF]
    Policy Brief 5 | September 2013
    This brief builds on the conclusions of a 23 May 2013 roundtable of high-level experts and policymakers who discussed the ongoing conflict and security situation in Mali.

  • Escaping the Resource Curse in Sub-Saharan Africa [PDF]
    Policy Brief 4 | August 2013
    The resource curse refers to the paradox that countries with an abundance of natural resources often fail to grow as rapidly as those without such resources. This policy brief outlines both the endogenous and exogenous factors that contribute significantly to the resource situation in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Equitable Distribution of Natural Resources [PDF]
    Policy Brief 3 | July 2013
    The Hague Institute for Global Justice convened a roundtable on the equitable distribution of natural resources with a select group of experts on 10 June 2013 in The Hague. The motivation was to understand how to prevent conflict over natural resources, which are becoming increasingly scarce as populations grow, standards of living improve, and environmental challenges, including climate change, become more acute.

  • Forfeit Legitimacy, Syria, and the Responsibility to Protect [PDF]
    Policy Brief 2 | April 2013
    Most formulations of the responsibility to protect argue that governments lose their legitimacy and authority when they violate the social contract to protect their own populations from harm. This policy brief asks if the regime in Syria has forfeited its legitimacy by failing to protect attacks against civilians?

  • China-Japan Dispute Over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands? [PDF]
    Policy Brief 1 | December 2012
    This policy brief outlines the maritime territorial dispute between China, Taiwan and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, and provides recommendations to resolve the impasse.






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