Global Justice Congress: Problems and Solutions in a Changing World

Dr. Richard Ponzio, Head of the Hague Institute’s Global Governance Program, joined by a team of researchers from the Institute, inspired students from the Dutch United Nations Student Association to reflect critically on what global justice entails in practice.

Opening the conference on 8 May in Amsterdam, Dr. Ponzio outlined the importance of understanding Global Justice in relation to Security and Governance. “Humanity faces a growing range of problems – from the wars in Syria, Ukraine, and the Congo, to the continued violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, to the less visible dangers posed by climate change, cross-border economic shocks, cyber-insecurity, and population shifts – that require urgent attention. However, preventing conflict and providing human security—both essential for the promotion of global justice—often exceed the operational and political capacities of global governance institutions, a largely piecemeal architecture built in the wake of World War II.”

To address these pressing issues, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and The Stimson Center in Washington D.C. have joined forces in supporting the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Co-Chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari, the Commission is developing a distinct set of global policy and institutional reform recommendations for release on 16 June 2015, in advance of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary Summit. The Report Launch will take place in the Peace Palace in The Hague on 16 June. To register your attendance, please RSVP here.

To this end, numerous international consultations have been organized to gain insights from leading experts in global security, justice and governance. Young people’s voices have also been heard and taken into account in the preparation of the Commission’s report. To present the findings of a recent online youth consultation, Dr. Ponzio was joined by Senior Researcher Joris Larik and former Global Governance Intern Elko Brummelman. Their talk focused on identifying areas in which young people could actively contribute to promoting and sustaining global justice.

Researchers from the Institute spoke in two other workshops during the Amsterdam Congress. Rule of Law in Ukraine was discussed by Jill Coster van Voorhout, representing The Hague Institute’s Rule of Law Program. On behalf of the Conflict Prevention program, Dr. Eamon Aloyo and Tessa Alleblas discussed the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle. Earlier this year, Tessa Alleblas published a Working Paper on the Private Sector’s Contribution to R2P and Mass Atrocities Prevention, which can be accessed here.

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