Acting as Vice-President of The Institute will be leading global practitioner Mahmoud Abuwasel. Abuwasel has worked with governments on convention drafting and ratification of treaties, international conflict resolution, and policy and legislative drafting.

Mahmoud Abuwasel, Vice-President of The Institute, at the inauguration at Nieuwspoort.

He has advised governments and semi-government entities on matters such as the development of public policy, innovation in law and foreign policy, and issues such as application of the Vienna Convention to diplomatic entities and parties, trade issues under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and has assisted governments and private entities on investment treaties, and his work has spanned across North America to Europe, and from the Middle East and Africa to East Asia.

He holds his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern Queensland, two Masters from Harvard University and Middlesex University in Management in Management and Islamic Law, and amongst other educational qualifications, he has also studied constitutional law at Harvard University.

During the inauguration, Abuwasel stated that:

The Institute holds an unequivocal bank of knowledge, partners, and access to experts that States and State leaders across the world will benefit from. I hope that The Institute will be The Hague’s gateway to the world transferring the unprecedented knowledge and principles of The Institute and the establishments in The Hague, such as the Peace Palace, the International Courts, and NGOs and other foundations in The Hague.


The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan institution established to undertake innovative interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, policy development and professional skills training on issues of peace, security and justice.

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