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Five Years On

I am delighted to introduce the Fall 2016 edition of Intersections, which commemorates the fifth anniversary of The Hague Institute. Established in 2011, the Institute has evolved rapidly into a dynamic think- and do-tank that is making a tangible difference in the pursuit of global peace, security and justice. This edition of our bi-annual magazine features a timeline of key events and achievements, and showcases a selection of our current work.

The Institute has established itself as an organization that produces cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that anticipates and responds to the needs of policymakers and practitioners here in the Netherlands and beyond. This issue highlights, amongst others, our research projects on developing local climate action plans for coastal communities in Zanzibar; assessing the impact of the International Criminal Court in Kenya; and understanding how education can help to protect minority rights and promote social integration in Macedonia.

Our training and capacity-building activities seek to ensure that practitioners and experts refine their skills and stay abreast of the latest developments in their field. Featured in these pages is our three-year project on forensics in Lebanon, which seeks to ensure credible forensic investigations in fair legal proceedings in Lebanon by facilitating expert exchanges between international experts and senior judges and prosecutors from Lebanon.

This publication also details our efforts to facilitate expert exchanges on fact-finding and accountability between professionals from courts and tribunals in The Hague, and with human rights investigators from commissions of inquiry in Geneva. It is gratifying to note the considerable progress that has been made in strengthening the Institute’s convening power. A crucial aspect of our work involves convening thinkers and doers to ensure that the best ideas have a hearing and find their way into policy and practice. In June, the Institute and the BMW Foundation hosted the sixth BMW Foundation Global Table, which brought together 26 experts from 17 countries to discuss new approaches to conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

“It is a great privilege to lead an institution as vibrant and enterprising as The Hague Institute, and I am grateful to our indefatigable team for their extraordinary efforts during the past five years.”

The Institute continues its partnership with The Brookings Institution and the Municipality of The Hague on two annual lecture series that explore pressing questions of international law and global justice – the Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law, which is hosted annually in Washington D.C.; and the Madeleine K. Albright Lecture on Global Justice, which is hosted annually in The Hague.

Our many partners in The Hague and around the world enhance the quality and impact of our work. It is an honor to feature contributions from two valued partners of the Institute – Judge Theodor Meron, President of the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, and Mr. Han Polman, King’s Commissioner of Zeeland and President of the Roosevelt Foundation.

It is a great privilege to lead an institution as vibrant and enterprising as The Hague Institute, and I am grateful to our indefatigable team for their extraordinary efforts during the past five years. I hope that you, our partners and stakeholders, will continue to support the Institute and engage with our work as we embark on the next phase of our exciting journey.

Dr. Abi Williams
October 2016


  • A New Era of Accountability
    Theodor Meron, President of the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
  • Timeline
    Milestones and Important Achievements of The Hague Institute
  • Bridging The Hague-Geneva Divide
    Harmonizing Multiple Investigations of International Crimes
  • Re-thinking Governance in Fragile States
    New Approaches to Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
  • Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change
    Developing Local Climate Action Plans for Communities in Zanzibar

Intersections is a bi-annual magazine which highlights news and projects from The Hague Institute and features expert analysis on issues related to peace, security and justice.