The Hague Institute for Global Justice will cease to exist from today. During the past seven years, the institute contributed to the positioning of The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice. For the years to come, however, the financial basis to continue independently is insufficient. Ongoing projects are now transferred to other institutes.
“The institute has met its public task – research, reports and conferences – in recent years. The goal, however, was to be more than a research group only. Unfortunately, there is no solid financial foundation to achieve this in the future”, says Dick Benschop, chairman of the Supervisory Board. “The Supervisory Board is proud of the significant work that has been carried out over the past seven years and its significance for the international position of The Hague. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this, in cooperation with the institute”.
The Hague Institute was founded in 2010 by the municipality of The Hague and knowledge institutions united in the ‘Hague Academic Coalition’. Since its foundation, many projects have been carried out in collaboration with a range of national and international partners. For example, The Hague Institute developed the so-called ‘The Hague Approach’, a handbook outlining six unique principles aimed at guiding the international community to perform more effectively in sustainable peacebuilding.
In addition, the institute co-hosted the secretariat for the Knowledge Platform for Security and Rule of Law. The institute also organized a series of conferences on decision-making in the era of genocide (Rwanda and Srebrenica). It achieved further international recognition through its Distinguished Speaker Series among other events. Its high standing in policy-relevant research was demonstrated by the acquisition of externally-funded projects.
Ongoing projects, including in Qatar and Ethiopia, will be transferred to partners of the institute. The foundation itself will be dissolved. Anton Nijssen, who has been closely involved with the institute for many years, will oversee the final (financial) settlements. When dissolving a foundation, it is customary that this task falls on a (former) director or board member.