Premier Perspectives: Dries van Agt

On 19 May, The Hague Institute hosted the first installment of a unique edition of its Distinguished Speaker Series, entitled Premier Perspectives. Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt inaugurated the series with analysis about the landscape of global justice. Mr. Van Agt offered viewpoints on reform of the United Nations and the undervalued role of international legal institutions such as the ICC and the ICJ.

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Dries van Agt was Prime Minister of The Netherlands from 1977 to 1982. Before leading his three cabinets, he served as Minister of Justice between 1971 and 1977. After his political career in The Hague, Mr. Van Agt was appointed Ambassador for the European Community in Japan and the United States. From 1995 to 1996, he was a visiting professor of International Relations at the University of Kyoto in Japan.

A summary of Dries van Agt’s lecture on Global Justice is available here.


  • Dries van Agt
    Former Prime Minister, The Netherlands
    Topic: Global Justice Par Excellence
  • Dr. Abiodun Williams, Moderator
    President, The Hague Institute


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